Loving the Skin I’m In
This is the skin I’m in and I want to take care of it because it is a reflection of how I take care of myself. Our skin is our largest organ and it’s super important to treat it with TLC. I discovered yoga in the early 1990’s and ever since practicing and teaching; I’ve realized that beauty is in inside out and outside in job. What we put in to our body, what we put on our body and how we move our body and feel about our body, all affects our skin health.
One of the first things I realized about the health of my skin; is that what I eat truly makes a difference. When I am eating healthy, wholesome foods loaded with vitamins, antioxidants, and healthy fats, my skin is glowing. I also notice the opposite, when I’m eating a lot of sugar and unhealthy fats, my skin isn’t as supple and more prone to break outs. Certain foods contain ingredients that can also help the skin stay strong and youthful. For instance the lycopene in tomatoes has been shown to help prevent sun damage, the antioxidant properties of vitamin C (found in strawberries, citrus fruits and kiwi) and its role in collagen synthesis makes it crucial for skin health, and protein in lean meats, eggs and seafood keeps skin strong and radiant. When we eat healthy foods that nourish our bodies, it definitely shows on our skin.
With all of the fancy skin care lines these days, it’s hard to know what to put on our skin. I’ve always been a minimalist when it comes to my skin care regimen. No matter what, I cleanse my face at night with a gentle cleaner and then use a moisturizer. I’ve been thinking about implementing a few Jeunesse anti-aging products into my routine in the very near future. Every single day no matter what, I apply sunscreen to my face in the morning. Now that I’m on my second pregnancy (this time with twins!) I try and pay more attention to the ingredients in my skin care products. I chose as natural as I can, and often times just opt for pure coconut oil, olive oil or almond oil as a moisturizer. I rub my belly my neck my arms and my face before going to bed. I’ve also experimented with dry brushing in the past to stimulate cell turnover and get rid of dead skin. I also recently discovered DILO cream and I’ve been using it on my face, neck and chest daily.
Yoga has been my main form of exercise for the past 22 years now. I think yoga has done some of the most wonders for my skin mainly because of the emphasis on the mind/body connection. I truly listen to my body and move in a way that feels good and doesn’t put too much stress on me. Yoga is low impact, great for joint and bone health, skin health, heart health, flexibility, mobility, strength, and stress relief. Some of my favorite yoga poses for skin care include inversions such as downward facing dog, standing forward bend, shoulderstand and headstand. The deep full breathing in yoga oxygenate the entire body and affects the skin as well.
Doing yoga is one of the many ways I feel good about myself. I also love to ski, play tennis, walk, hike and be very active with my son. When I’m moving my body, I feel confident and happy. Stress and depression have huge affects on the way our skin looks, and of course on how we feel. It’s important to find joy in life and practice being in the moment. Movement, writing, reading, meditating, keeping a gratitude journal and being with friends and family, are each important for our well being and for how great our skin looks. When we are happy and living life to it’s fullest our skin radiates from the inside out and the outside in.
Kristin McGee is a celebrity yoga and Pilates instructor in New York City. She is the star of over 100 videos, a contributing editor at Health Magazine and a spokeswoman for many brands and causes she believes in. Kristin also appears frequently on television. A proud mom to three, she sure keeps herself busy!