How A Holistic Nutritionist Keeps Her Skin Vibrant & Healthy

Written by Kristin Dahl

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Since you are what you eat, the food you nourish yourself with is just as — if not more — important than the products you layer on your skin. For a healthy dose of inner and outer beauty, we asked holistic nutritionist Kristin Dahl to share her routine for keeping her skin glowing, happy, and healthy.

Vibrant beauty is a reflection of inner health and wellness. When our body is in alignment, with plenty of water, supportive health practices, exercise, and lots of self-love and compassion, we radiate from the inside out.

As a holistic nutritionist, my approach to beauty honors mind, body, and spirit. All of these components play a huge role in looking my best every day and creating that outer glow. I nourish my body with the highest quality foods and pure nutrients and move energy through my body daily with active movement like hiking and yoga.

I nourish my mind by nurturing the deeper layers of myself, honoring my demons, and connecting to my truth. I nourish my spirit by spending time in nature and finding ways to express myself creatively. I also surround myself with beautiful things, Zen environments and supportive relationships.

Check out my daily routine for creating inner and outer harmony.

7 a.m.: Wake Up + Shower

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I drink two 8-ounce glasses of water upon rising. I start my day off hydrated to support digestion, keep my skin glowing, and lubricate every cell in my body.

Around 7:30, I shower and anoint my body with Jiva Apoha oils (my favorite is the Atman), then sip green tea, matcha (both loaded with antioxidants), or Holy basil tea if I need a caffeine break and want to support my adrenals and regulate my blood sugar.

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8 a.m.: Morning Routine

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Most days, I drink a superfood smoothie with Sun Potion’s Chlorella because it's full of alkalinity and oxygen.

Then I wash and moisturize my face with Nucifera's The Balm, my go-to all-in-one. Next, I massage my face with Kari Gran’s Essential Serum and spritz with a few pumps of Rosewater + Glycerin spray from Heritage Store.

I apply Suntegrity’s "5 in 1" Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen daily and then RMS "un" cover-up if needed.

By 8:30, I’m headed out on a long hike or to a yoga class with plenty of water in tow. My afternoons and evenings are generally filled with work and clients, so I always exercise in the morning.

Exercise oxygenates the body and alkalizes the system. It also boosts feel-good hormones like serotonin and keeps me looking and feeling my best all day long!

12 p.m.: Lunch

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I eat a balanced and beautiful lunch. (You are what you eat, right?)

On days when I’m super busy with work and clients, I plan ahead and make lunch in the morning or the night before. Generally, this consists of a superfood salad loaded with veggies, sprouts, greens, ferments, nuts and seeds, and sometimes animal protein or hard-boiled eggs. During colder months, I add in a soup or broth.

I always make sure to get plenty of protein throughout the day, drink tons of water, and keep a handful of almonds with me at all times. This keeps my blood sugar stable and metabolism high, which creates that inner harmony I mentioned before.

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3 p.m.: Daily Tonic

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Lately I’ve been into more earthy, warming tonics with cocoa, medicinal mushrooms, and a bit of homemade almond milk, but this Rose Tonic from Free + Native is also a huge part of my routine, especially when my body wants something light, gentle, and beautifying.

7 p.m.: Dinner

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Around 6 or 7 p.m., I cook a balanced dinner of protein, lots of greens, veggies, and a yummy sauce. I’m super into bowls, and the standard Japanese macrobiotic bowl is my ultimate favorite, I’m constantly noshing on variations of this.

After dinner, I relax with my love and we catch up on the day’s affairs. We often stretch together and do some gentle breath work and aromatherapy. Breath = alkalinity = oxygen = beautiful glow!

10 p.m.: Bedtime

This is generally when I start my bedtime routine, which includes my face cleansing ritual from earlier in the day (minus the sunscreen) and sometimes an Epsom salt bath with lavender.

I like to read, write a gratitude list, and for even deeper, restorative sleep, listen to hypnotherapy before bed. Our cells regenerate in the night, so sleep plays a huge role in my beauty routine. I try to clock at least eight hours a night for a full regenerating sleep cycle.

Other things I like to throw into the mix when I have extra time include infrared sauna sessions, time in the steam room, acupuncture, massage, and random dance parties at home!

Ready to learn more about how to unlock the power of food to heal your body, prevent disease & achieve optimal health? Register now for our FREE web class with nutrition expert Kelly LeVeque.

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