The best advice I ever received on my facial skin care was not to wash my face. After years of using all the products on the market on my face, I honestly thought that concept was nasty. How could I not wash my face daily? I was my body daily with soap. Why would the face be any different?
Well, turns out, that was the only thing that really helped me get the clear quality skin I have always been looking for. In my youth, I struggled with pimples. I have naturally oily skin. But, I thinking my attempts to pull the oil out with these harsh chemicals, my skin overcompensated by being more oily, which led to more pimples. Plus, my skin texture got damaged and felt rough.
Thankfully, nothing last forever in the body. I made changes to my diet and eventually stopped washing my face and now my face is clear.
Do I never get pimples? No. I do at times get pimples but nothing like my youth. They are usually predictable around my menstruation or bad food messing with my gut, like grains.
In this episode you’ll learn:
🗣 How to care for oily skin
🗣 How to care for dry skin
🗣 Foods to eat for youthful looking skin
What are the health benefits of a sauna and steam room?
- Increases blood circulation
- Can help reduce muscle soreness after a workout, improve mobility in the joints, and ease arthritic pain
- Can help improve blood pressure
- Flushes toxins from the body because it makes the body sweat, which also helps to achieve and maintain clear skin
- Helps boost metabolism
If you own your own home, you can install these in your bathroom and create your own spa. One of the best gyms I have ever stepped foot in had a eucalyptus steam room that I felt was well worth their $195 per month gym membership fee. Imagine if you installed this in your home and paid yourself that money. What a rich luxurious lifestyle. This is ultimate self care.
What’s a eucalyptus steam room?
A eucalyptus steam room not only smells heavenly (eucalyptus is one of my most favorite essential oils) but also helps relieve many respiratory issues. Eucalyptus also helps kill bacteria and germs in the air. It’s a great pick me up, helping to remove exhaustion and mental sluggishness.
What about other essential oils?
You can use essential oils with both a sauna and a steam room. Check your manufacturer’s instructions for how to go about doing that. For saunas, you would typically add 4 drops of pure essential oils for every liter of water and douse the rocks in the sauna with it. For steam rooms, you could use a residential aroma oil pump or an atomizing spray to mist the essential oils into the steam. Below are some other essential oils you could incorporate into your spa space.
- Birch oil
- Can help with joint and muscle pain
- Helps improve skin clarity and texture
- Soothes sore muscles
- Reduces inflammation
- Promotes blood circulation
- Improves metabolism
- Boosts energy so avoid using this oil before going to bed
- Helps to balance hormones
- Calms headaches and promotes good night’s rest
- Helps to Improve brain function
- Boosts energy
- Helps alleviate nausea
- Can aid joint pain and headaches, boosts mood, and alleviates acne
- Boosts focus and energy
- Helps to increase mental clarity and boost memory
- It’s calming and a great option for meditation and relaxation
- Tea Tree
- Can help alleviate athlete’s foot, dandruff, and other skin conditions
- Mixing different oil combinations:
- Citrus + peppermint = energizing experience
- Pine + birch = woodsy
- Lavender + sandalwood = mental clarity & relaxation
How often should I sit in a steam room or sauna? Is too much bad for my health?
It is recommended to only sit for 15 minutes in a steam room or sauna, and for only 2-3 times a week. It’s best to consult your physician about this especially if you have health issues or are taking medication. Some medications are inherently dehydrating, which may make this practice riskier for your body.
You want to make sure to stay well hydrated. There were great tips on this episode of the podcast on how to stay hydrated for clear skin as well as guidelines in my book, You Can Afford to Be Healthy.
Is a steam room or sauna good for me if I have asthma?
As my mom mentioned on the podcast, in her youth she suffered from asthma. Using a sauna can help because it relaxes the muscles in the bronchioles. Plus, the hot, humid air of a steam room acts as a natural expectorant. Inhaling steam causes mucus secretions and opens up airways.
But again, I must make this disclaimer, if you suffer from asthma, always consult with your doctor before spending time in a sauna or a steam room.
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