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    According to wellness celeb and former TCM Guest EditorDavid Avocado Wolfe, a glowy complexion comes to those who keep it simple. We’re suckers for a good sheet mask and the slew of new beauty tools, but the truth is that excellent skin requires simple daily skincare habits – and most of them are internal. 

    From his upcoming book, The Beauty Diet, Wolfe, an advocate for raw food, ancient healing modalities and natural living , pinpoints high impact lifestyle habits and foods that you can’t glow without… 

    The race to obtain and create smooth, ageless skin is one of the cosmetic industries biggest money makers. While the skincare aisles are lined with products claiming to reduce fine lines, smooth wrinkles and create a youthful glow, some of the best skin supporters are things you may not have even considered. Here are five daily skincare habits you can try to create flawless skin without spending your hard-earned dollars on chemical-filled skin creams or invasive surgeries.

    Major Hydration

    As your largest organ, skin requires water to function properly. Without enough water, it becomes dry, flaky, and prone to breakouts, acne and wrinkles. Hydration is not just about drinking lots of water — it has to be quality water. Tap water destroys your skin because the chlorine added to city water kills your gut flora on contact! The probiotic strains of bacteria in your gut are crucial to beautifying metabolic functions such as extracting nutrients from your food that make their way to your skin. Drinking plenty of natural spring water, or glass bottled water, is one of the best ways to keep your skin glowing. | Try infused-water like this if you crave something with more flavor.

    Sleep Away Cortisol

    In the age of technology, proper sleep is getting harder and harder to achieve. Falling asleep while watching TV prevents your body from releasing sufficient melatonin and getting the restorative rest your body needs to repair damaged cells and wipe away fine lines and wrinkles. Working around the clock may seem like a badge of honor, but elevating your cortisol hormone will age you quickly and tax your adrenal glands. Nothing is worse for beauty then prolonged levels of cortisol (the fight or flight hormone) flowing through your body. Don’t worry about how many hours you sleep, focus on sleeping in a quiet, dark room; leave the computer outside your sleep sanctuary and grab a book instead. | Learn how to get better quality sleep here.

    Eat Stress Superfoods

    Stress is a response to challenges in your environment. Occasionally stress can be helpful (like when you’re working out) but prolonged, continuous stress has devastating effects on your appearance and overall health. Stress causes a breakdown in your immune system resulting in acne breakouts and skin rashes. Eating superfoods that have grown in a stressful and challenging environment will help you adapt more easily to stress. These ‘adaptogenic foods’ include maca, a root that grows at very high altitudes, and astragalus, a bush that can thrive in extreme environments. Add these secret weapons to your daily smoothies and watch your skin start to shine. | Learn about reducing stress here.

    …And Superherbs

    Superherbs are a lesser known way to support the health of your entire body, including your skin. They nourish you at a deeper level than regular fruits and vegetables can and in a different way than superfoods. Superherbs like reishi, chaga and schizandra contain unique photo-chemicals that feed your immune system and tonify vital beauty organs like your kidneys and liver, directly influencing the appearance of your skin. The great thing about these herbs is you can consume them every day without your body developing a resistance to them. A simple one to start with is goji, an amino-acid superstar revered in Chinese medicine for thousands of years as a power hitter for beauty. Try adding gojis to trail mixes, as an oatmeal garnish or eating them straight out of the bag. | Discover twenty amazing superherbs here.

    Swap In The Right Fats

    Fats and oils get a bad rap, but more and more research is showing that high quality fats are essential for beautiful skin and a radiant glow. Commercial oils like canola are highly oxidized, bleached and deodorized, making them instant beauty killers. They cause serious cardiovascular health problems and severe acne breakouts. Good fats, like avocado, coconut, cacao (chocolate) and black sesame oil, are loaded with vitamins and minerals that lubricate your skin making it shiny, rich and moist. Don’t fall for the fat-free myth that has you turning your back on the most important part of a healthy diet. Remember that these fats can be used topically to nourish your skin as well. Cacao butter not only softens and hydrates your skin when applied topically, but the aroma is nothing short of heavenly! | Learn about healthy fats here.

    Cut Down On Sugary Foods

    The real beauty killer is sugar not fat. Sugar spikes your insulin levels, wreaks havoc on your metabolism and causes your skin to become leathery and rough. This ‘cross linking’ of sugar and protein is difficult to reverse and gives your skin a coarse, wrinkled look. Excess carbs cause weight gain faster than anything else, especially carbs that flood our body with glucose quickly. Stay away from white carbs like pasta and breads, because they can spike your blood sugar more than refined sugar can, turning your body into a fat storing machine. To satisfy those sugar cravings eat fresh organic fruits and try calorie-dense foods like chia seeds, nuts and avocados. Learn how to beat sugar cravings here.

    Learn more from wellness master David “Avocado” Wolfe here!

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    1. Can you please stop advocating for purchasing bottled water – even in glass? Reports are constantly published that note that the quality of tap water is the same if not better than bottled water. In fact, just this week bottled water was found to contain microplastics in 90% of 250 samples tested from 11 distributors. How’s that for clean? Bottled water creates unnecessary pollution from sourcing “natural spring water,” manufacturing packaging and transportation…not to mention the fact that many readers are likely to source plastic bottles over glass because money. Please just stop.

      Shannon | 03.15.2018 | Reply
      • Agreed, Shannon! Maybe if we started putting “artisanal” labels over all water fountains, people would actually start using them!

        blithe | 03.15.2018 | Reply
      • While it must be nice to live someplace where the tap water doesn’t smell like it came right from a backyard pool, not everyone is that lucky! If you want people to stop drinking bottled water, instead of yelling rudely at those who just want palatable drinking water, start advocating for government entities to stop filling tap water with disgusting chemicals. That would be a much better use of your time and aggression.

        Melanie | 03.15.2018 | Reply
        • Or you could just use a water filter… my tap water doesn’t taste great either but a Brita or Pur filter is a lot cheaper than bottled water in the long run. It probably pays for itself in about two weeks.

          • Unfortunately, I find water filtered through both Brita and Pur filters still taste terrible, and also do not filter out the fluoride. Because of this, I prefer drinking bottled spring water (I like Whole Foods) and distilled water.

            Blythe | 03.17.2018
      • Right. Unless you live in Flint, MI or the Chasewood community in Houston, TX or any of the numerous of other places where the tap water was CONTAMINATED and led to disease and death. Your comment is well meaning but way off base. I think you should say that people should check the water contamination rates where they live and if they are decent then tap water makes more sense. But for many that isn’t a reality. However, yes there are so many better alternatives to individually bottled water so there lies a happy medium between tap and plastic pollution that we can look into for sure and not only save our bodies but the environment as well.

        Jaye | 03.22.2018 | Reply
    2. Might be chance of becoming a bit healthier and wiser with this great info…:)

      Mike | 03.15.2018 | Reply
    3. David Wolfe has been debunked for years now by real scientists. Why are we still listening to this self proclaimed wellness expert? He probably plagerized his latest book also like his first one.

      Roxy | 03.18.2018 | Reply
    4. Word, Roxy! Why do I even read these articles? Constantly regurgitating the same false information.
      Hmmm. How do we get “well” in 2018? Listen to your body and follow the rhythm of nature. All of these “gurus” are just narcissists in yogi garb.

      That girl | 03.18.2018 | Reply
    5. I love learming about wellness, but it can be overwhelming sorting out the real facts. I don’t like readers being agro on any kind of social media. We are reading these because we all are trying to be healthier….I think. I think adding a few links to scientific reports/stats on these recomendations could be helpful.

      gina pericini | 03.18.2018 | Reply
    6. this guy is a notable quack. the information stated here isn’t even correct. yikes! embarrassed for you, chalkboard mag!

      semolina | 03.19.2018 | Reply
    7. I heard coconut oil is actually not really good to ingest. Ok to put on your skin. Maybe ok to cook with it. But don’t eat tablespoons of it like those crazy Bulletproof coffee people. It has more saturated fat than butter.

      Lilja | 03.19.2018 | Reply
    8. I was really good with drinking water but then I stopped. Will have to get back on it.

      Natalie Redman | 04.23.2018 | Reply
    9. There is best advice in this article which can be really helpful to give the skin a real and lasting change. I like this article so much. Thanks and keep sharing.

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