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Raw Skin Care - 2 Lessons

Skin Care is a particularly interesting subject to me. I had pretty bad acne at between the ages of 15 and 19. I tried over-the-counter products like Proactiv Solution and various things by Neutrogena. With no success it was onto prescription medication. The prescriptions did reduce the acne, but my skin was incredibly dry, had weird side effects on my energy levels and left me with scar tissue. Fed up with shit that didn't seem to work, I synchronistically I ran into a mentor who would forever change my relationship with health.

After only two weeks of eating totally raw my skin was already starting to looking 'oh so fine'. It was like I magically tapped into something that no product ever was able to give me. Every month that followed, my skin got better and better and the scar tissue slowly started to fade away. After the switch to raw, the only time my skin would break-out would be when I ate something that didn't agree with my system. Today, almost 6 years later, my skin is very healthy although, you can still see a little scar tissue on my face. In due time I know even the last bit of scar tissue will fade away.

I learned a few important lessons during this transformation process:

Lesson One: Try to only put things on your face that you'd feel comfortable putting in your mouth

Lesson Two: If you don't have a diet rich in raw foods, no product will ever lead to truly healthy skin

Lesson One
Although lesson one is a tough one, and I did break it every so often with the help of Aveda, overall I tried to stick to skin care that was based on organic/raw papaya, flax, msm, avocado and coconut oil mixtures. Every few days my staple raw skin care routine included drinking some lemon-water with a spoon full of msm powder and rubbing coconut oil on my face and body.

Avoid at all costs any standard shampoos and soaps. Almost all of them are way too harsh and their toxic non-organic ingredients are easily absorbable by your skin pores. If you are using any of the standard shampoos, soaps or lotions from your grocers isle, please switch to something organic today, (see Sarma's Glow section for some great suggestions).

Sometimes organic skin care products can get a little expensive, so I also suggest making your own versions at home. The ones I've made are so good that I often want want to eat them! If you are looking for raw, organic and homemade skin care recipes, I highly recommend checking out  David Wolfe's book, Eating for Beauty. It has some great face mask recipes and also talks about the world's most beautylicious foods.

Lesson Two
Celebrities and models have Photoshop and some people (very few people) have really good genes, but overall, if you don't have a diet rich in raw foods, you're likelihood of maintain amazing skin, not just good skin, into your 40s, 50s, 60s and beyond is super slim. David Wolfe once told me, "Every bite you take is a brush stroke that is painted on this portrait called You!" So the real question is, what quality paints are you using to paint that picture?

Inspiration
As it's said, the proof is in the pudding. There are people out there, even in your area, that have been eating raw food for long enough to be a living example of what's possible. Find them, seek them out and find out what they do!

When I first met my mentor, Nature Love, I thought he was 28 tops. How surprised was I when he told me he was almost 40? Karyn Calabrese from Chicago, who was featured on Oprah for her amazing skin, is also another example of what's possible. Would you ever guess she is 60 something years old?

Healthy, vibrant and glowing skin is there for your taking, and the best part about it is you won't need Botox or a little Nip/Tuck action to get it. We're on the verge of a Raw Beauty Revolution and this is just the beginning.

And hey, by the way, when you get all sexy (not saying you aren't right now), don't forget to send us your photo so that the world can be inspired by what's possible!

Comments

marci

This is a great topic. I suggest the very reasonably-priced & freshly-made ayurvedic skin care line at Pratima spa (in Soho). Most of the oils are cold-pressed, and organic where possible. Other products are made with dry milk so avoid them if that's an issue (I use them but I'm not 100% raw vegan yet). Not everything is raw but it is all natural (i.e. you can eat them!) The Bindi & Pratima products are great and so are the facials there.

Ricardo

HI Guys, I use papaya to watch my face and then use coconut oil.

It works fine. Do you have any other natural ideas?

Raw Cheers

Ricardo
Sydney - Australia

Erin

Bindi does make some good products. Ricardo, is there a LUSH boutique in Sydney? They make some great products, such as freshly made face masks and the cleansers "Angels On Bare Skin" and "Herbalism". You have to read labels, though, because a lot of the products aren't totally "clean". My favorite line is Suki Naturals - totally clean and most, if not all the products are vegan. And they give you lovely skin! Pangea Organics is another great line. Good Luck!

Vahob

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mateus black

hi my name is tanyas and my friend, we were ugly becouse for all the acne and you know all the troubles that we had, you know no boyfriend o partys nothings becouse the acne so tired of this we looked into many sites and www.prescriptionmedsonline.net
where you can find more of the drug and cream for acne and other skin problems go there and see for yourselft
byeeeeeeeeee and luck

Stacey-Rae

Hi there! Thanks for posting this Dhrumil. I also suffered from pretty hardcore skin issues growing up. Mostly food sensitivities and over toxicity to many things in my life.

I found that certain things helped more than others...raw food was definitely a Yes. Blue Green Algae - E3Live - which has high levels of Vit.A among many other benefits like alkalizing. I still take lots of MSM which I find makes a big difference.

Something else I found was the water I drank. The fresh spring water - active and charged was optimal and I noticed quite remarkable results almost instantly.

Also noticed that when I eat more simple foods - less combinations.

Probiotics were a big one for me. Acne is usually an imbalance of some sort. Commonly an anto-intoxication due to the toxins not being eliminated properly. I started drinking rejuvelac (a fermented grain drink - easy to make at home) and started taking conscious planet enzymes and probiotics (slightly more pricey than others on the market but sooo worth it)..and I saw a huge improvement not only in my skin but in my energy levels and the way I viewed my life.

Just wanted to share that in case anyone is looking for some solutions.

Thanks for reading! <3

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Mad Hippies Wrinkle Cream

It's amazing how many of these creams and supposed cures from these big companies do not work. It's as if they just lose sight of what the point of skin care is - it's not just to make money, it's to help people. I am just learning about the raw lifestyle, and am very intrigued.

Kate Plumber

This has been a great read. I've suffered for years too and the amount of creams I have tried is ridiculous. Your article has really made me feel positive.

Dani

Hello Beautiful Sarma! This information has been so helpful as I'm in 8 days into my new Raw begn lifestyle transformation - I love it and the challenge! Would you have any specific suggestions for key fruits, veggies, minerals to consume? I also tried to click on the link mentioned above (see Sarma's Glow section for some great suggestions)" but the page didn't load. Thank you for your support and passion!

Dani

Hello Beautiful Sarma! This information has been so helpful as I'm in 8 days into my new Raw begn lifestyle transformation - I love it and the challenge! Would you have any specific suggestions for key fruits, veggies, minerals to consume? I also tried to click on the link mentioned above (see Sarma's Glow section for some great suggestions)" but the page didn't load. Thank you for your support and passion!

Susan

I wash my face with a combination of green tea, witch hazel, apple cider vinegar and aloe vera juice (equal amounts). Plus I moisturize with virgin coconut oil or jojoba oil. this does a wonderful job and I have very nice skin. I just started the raw food way of life 2 1/2 weeks ago and I love it!! I lost 8 pounds in 2 weeks which is a great benefit! Thank you for your article. Susan

jaime-lee

hello friends,
i have been raw for almost 3 weeks. one thing i am noticing is that while my skin is becoming more soft and glow(y) i am also breaking out in good sized zits in places i am not accustomed to. my chest and my back.
have any of you had this experience? thanks for sharing.

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