Our skin is a reflection of our inner ecosystem, so epidermis health ultimately comes from the foods we put in our bodies, the water we drink and the air we breathe. Those three things create the foundation for clear, glowing skin. But sometimes environmental and hormonal factors take a real toll on our skin and we need to give it some special care (especially during these frigid winter months).

As a health coach, I work with clients to heal their brains and bodies so they can step into their full potential, and skin health is a huge part of that. When your skin is healthy, it's a sign that all your organ systems are running smoothly. When you're clear and glowing, you feel confident and amazing things happen in your life.

I rarely follow a schedule unless I have to and consider myself very intuitive, so when I found myself moving through this skin care ritual and saw fantastic results, I knew I had to share it.

The issues:

  • Dry, flakey winter skin
  • Hormonal breakouts along jaw line
  • Clogged pores as a result of living in a major city with exposure to environmental toxins beyond my control

The ritual:

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Boil a pot of water and carefully pour it into a large, heat-resistant bowl. Add a few drops of lavender oil or another favorite essential oil. While the water boils, apply coconut oil to your face to remove makeup and debris, then wipe it all off with a clean cloth.

When your skin is cleared of makeup and oil, carefully place your face about six inches from the top of the water and cover your head with a large towel, making sure to position it so the steam from the bowl is somewhat trapped under the towel tent. Steam your pores for 1-3 minutes, breathing slowly and deeply, taking breaks if you need to.

Pat your face dry with a clean towel. Slice a fresh lemon in half and gently rub the flesh all over your face like you would a toner, being careful to avoid your eyes. The acid in the lemon acts as gentle microdermabrasion and is the most important part of this ritual.

Apply a natural clay mask and let sit for 15 minutes. Gently wash the mask off, pat your skin dry and apply coconut oil or another favorite moisturizer.

The results:

  • Clear pores
  • Visibly glowing, firm skin
  • Instant reduction in size and swelling of any blemishes

You don't have to spend a lot of money on products to have the best skin of your life, you just need to take care of it consistently using simple, natural techniques and tools.

What are your favorite skincare rituals and natural products? What are your skin questions and qualms?

Please remember that everyone's skin is different, and you should always consult your dermatologist and/or medical doctor before trying any new routine or product.

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