Welcome to Week 10 – Healthy Skin for Life, Incorporating the Challenge Components into Daily Living

The Healthy Skin Challenge is coming to a close.  How did you do? Were you able to incorporate some small changes into your diet and lifestyle to support healthy skin?  I hope so, and I hope that your skin looks and feels fabulous.   Below is a recap of the components of the challenge:

Week 1 – Fabulous phytonutrients, how plants feed our skin cells

Week 2 – Healthy fats for a healthy glow!

Week 3 – The gut/skin connection – how your digestion and your skin are connected

Week 4 – Chocolate is a good thing! Antioxidants are key to preventing skin damage

Week 5 – Don’t let stress sap your skin – the cortisol connection

Week 6 – Toxins, toxins everywhere … how to keep your skin healthy in a toxic world

Week 7 – They call it “beauty rest” for a reason – the importance of adequate sleep

Week 8 – Hydration is the foundation of healthy skin

Week 9 – Calming inflammation for clear, beautiful skin

Week 10 – Healthy Skin for Life – Incorporating the challenge in daily living

Let’s take a look at a typical day to show how you can bring all of these ideas to reality in your life.


Wake 6 am

Drink a glass of water with the juice of 1/2 organic lemon to stimulate digestion

Eat a small banana

Exercise for 45 minutes.  Drink 8-16 oz of water during exercise

Shower and dress — off to work

Breakfast:  Smoothie made with 1 cup of almond milk, 1 scoop whey protein powder, 1 tsp. flax oil, 1 tbsp psyllium fiber, 1 cup frozen berries

While drinking smoothie, look at schedule and plan day to reduce stress

Mid-morning snack:  Greek yogurt with pineapple chunks and sliced almonds. Hydrate with a glass of green tea or mineral water

Lunch:  Salad made of 2 c baby greens, 1 c cherry tomatoes, 1/4 avocado, 1/2 c chick peas, 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds, topped with olive oil and vinegar. Cup of miso soup. To drink:  green tea, water or sparkling water.

Afternoon stretch break:  Take 5 minutes to stretch and release those tight muscles from sitting in front of a computer.  Close your eyes to let them rest too

Afternoon snack:  raw carrots and peppers with hummus with a glass of green tea or water

Dinner:  Salmon with a large portion of roasted vegetables and a glass of red wine and water

Snack:  3 oz of dark chocolate

Prepare for bed beginning at 9:00. Take a relaxing bath with Epsom salts and lavender oil.  Listen to soothing sounds or music as you write in your gratitude journal.  Transfer troublesome thoughts to a pad to be dealt with tomorrow during you’re am planning time.  Let negative thoughts go and focus on the good thing that happened today.

10:00 pm:  Lights out, time for sleep.