I’m all about self-care and doing things for your own well-being. But sometimes we can think that we need to buy this expensive face mask, go to a spa or spend money in order to take care of our self. That is so far from the truth. Here are 5 free things you can do for your own well-being 💕✨
“Remember to fill your cup, because you can’t pour from an empty cup”
Let’s just dive straight into it; 5 free things you can do for your own well-being
Give yourself a Face Massage Giving yourself a face massage, or a body or foot massage is completely free. All you need is yourself. Use some oil for your face, and then put on some relaxing music, or do it while you watch a good movie. If you have a skin roller or a gua sha, you can use these tools as well to give yourself a lovely lymphatic drainage massage (search for this on youtube and you’ll find lots of demonstrations on this)
Take a Foot Bath Use whatever bath salt, epsom salt or himalaya salt you have. Blend in a few drops of oils, and then just sit and completely relax and enjoy. Read a book, watch a good movie, or give yourself a face massage in the meanwhile.
Go for a Walk in Nature This is so good for you. Yet something we can often forget to do in the midst of everyday life and to-do lists. But get outside. Breathe in the fresh air. Enjoy the sunshine. Enjoy the beauty of nature. The sound of birds singing. Just being present and grounding.
4. Do Yoga at Home You can find so many online yoga videos online which you can use as a guide, or if you are already familiar with yoga, then just put on some relaxing music, roll out a mat and go with the flow. Move in a way that feels good for your body. Stretch it. Breathe. Feel whatever your body needs.
5. Meditate Meditation is wonderful. It’s completely free, and you can do it everywhere. Just close your eyes. And breathe. Let go of any thoughts that might come up, just notice them and let them pass. Be present.
Question for you: What is your favourite way to take care of your own well-being? 💕✨
When I was younger all the youth magazine were telling you that to get ‘clear skin’, all you needed was this and this and this product to put on your face, and that diet really had nothing to do with your skin. Glad, times have changed and it’s now commonly known that skincare is about way more than just what you put on your skin. So today I want to share some of the things that influence how your skin looks 🥑✨
How to take care of your skin from within
Relax & Take someDeep Belly Breaths By taking deep breaths you are activating the parasympathetic nervous system (the one where you can relax), which is what you want. Because when you are feeling stressed, the first thing you body take nutrients from is your skin, hair and nails, since these aren’t essential features to our health. So if you want to take good care of your skin, take more pauses doing the day, breathe deep and just relax.
Eat more Healthy Fats Healthy fats are essential to our health and the beauty of our skin. This helps to moisturize your skin from within, and fats are needed in all your cells to function properly. If you aren’t eating avocados, nuts and seeds, then try to incorporate more of these into your diet. You can also use a good olive oil on your food, and use an oil supplement to add to your smoothies fx one containing flaxseed oil and evening primrose oil
Veggies Veggies Veggies Of course, this one almost don’t need an explanation. “You are what you eat” – so by eating lots of living leafy greens, veggies and fruits, you are fuelling your body with so many vitamins and nutrients that are essential for your body. To make your internal body and all its processes work better, it needs the right kind of fuel. Eat the rainbow, eat lots of fibre and you’ll start seeing wonders with your skin! Ps, I can highly recommend my green smoothie recipe!
Hydrate Your Body Our bodies consist of up to 60% water. The brain and the heart are composed of 73% water, the lungs are about 83% water and the skin contains 64% water. We are made up of so much water, which is why it is so important to stay hydrated. We lose water when we sweat, or pee, so we always need to hydrate our bodies for it to function properly. Not only drinking water, but also eating hydrating foods such as cucumbers, lettuce, tomatoes, watermelon etc.
Enjoy life! Enjoy your life! Have you ever heard the quote “You glow differently when you’re actually happy”? This is so true. That’s also why people glow when they are newly in love, or those people who follow their passion have that special glow over them – because you can just see that they are passionated and excited about something. One of the best things you can do for your skin and your health is to just enjoy life. Appreciate all the small things, be grateful about your life, do what makes you happy – spend time hanging out with your girlfriends, go hiking, go out explore, follow your passions, smile, laugh, have fun!
Why not turn something you do every day, into a loving practice? Today I want to encourage you to make your skincare routine a self-loving practice ✨
Skincare, cleansing, moisturizing, it can be a loving practice, or it can be ‘something we just need to get done’ in the evening. You choose. When you get home from work or school, why not do it right away, when you have time and aren’t too tired.
Choose to make your skincare routine a self-loving practice you have with yourself. Light a candle, make a cup of tea, put on some nice, relaxing music and spend a few minutes to really take care of yourself and your skin.
Give yourself a little facial massage while you put on oil or creme, take time to smell the lovely smells of your products. Take time to look yourself in the mirror, smile and show yourself all the love in the world. Take time just for you. Think about your skincare routine as another way to connect with yourself, and show yourself some love and kindness ✨
Self-care is not just pampering yourself with a bath and a face-mask, self-care is about way more than that. There is self-care on multiple levels. It’s all about nurturing & refuelling yourself ✨
When we hear the word ‘self-care’ we often tend to think about baths, saunas, wearing a facial mask etc. All the physical stuffs we can do to take care of ourselves. While I still think that that is important, there are self-care on multiple levels, and they are all really important to pay attention to.
Taking care of yourself is not just about pampering yourself on the outside. But doing this is good, because it can also make you feel good on the inside as well. But self-care is about waaaay more than just that. Self-care is taking care of your emotional and mental state, your spiritual beliefs, your relationship to others, your work.
A definition of self-care that I just learned through my school is this; Self-care is any activity that nurtures & refuels you on a deep level.
So tune into yourself and consider these areas of your life, do you feel good in these, or is there anything you can do to take better care of yourself in a specific area?
Physical Body – how do you feel about your body? Do you feel good? Energised? Calm? – think about what you can do to take better care of your body; go for a walk, stretch it, drink some more water, eat some veggies – take a bath, nourish your skin with a good oil and give yourself a face massage
Emotional & Mental State – your emotional & mental state is SO important. How are you? Have you allowed yourself to feel the emotions coming up? – feel free to cry if you need to – journal about your feelings, just write whatever is on your mind – talk to a good friend
Relationship to others – how is your relationships? To your partner (if you have one)? To your family? To your friends? – is there anything you want to work on? is there a relationship that no longer feels right for you? Tune into yourself, and feel. Relationships are one of the things that can really either give us SO much, or drain us
Work – how is your work/school situation? Are you happy doing what you do? Do you feel engaged & enthusiastic about it? Or does the thought of going there drag you down? Write down your thoughts and feelings about this. You don’t have to take any action towards changing things right now if you are not happy with it, just be honest with yourself and get your thoughts out
Question for you: Which area of your life needs some self-care? Share it, or write it down in a for yourself in a journal. Then think about how you can take better care of yourself within that area of your life
If you suffer with eczema, then this blogpost is for you. I have done a lot of research into what might help if you have this condition. So here you have my tips if you suffer with eczema.
My littlesister suffers with eczema, and having seen how much it itches and what it can do to one’s self-esteem, I have tried my best to do tons of research and try to find out what can help with eczema (of course in a more natural and holistic way). Here is what I have come across:
Eat more Healthy Fats
Just as if you suffer with dry skin, eczema is a condition that creates really dry and itchy skin, so it is not only enough to moisturise the body from the outside, but just as much from within. Add more healthy fats to your diet. Eat more avocados, nuts, seeds, and fx incorporate a daily green smoothie into your every day routine and add oil supplement, like fx evening primrose oil, or an ‘oiloflife’ oil blend (I personally use the ‘woman’ blend).
Drink more Water
Just like you want to moisturise your body from within with healthy fats, hydrating your body with water is also very important, so remember to drink plenty of water during the day.
Improve your Gut Health
There is a huge connection between gut health and skin health. Many people who suffers with conditions later in life might have a damaged gut, meaning more of the bad bacteria than the good bacteria. Try to take a probiotic supplement to get more good bacteria, and eat more fermented foods; sauerkraut, kimchi etc.
Avoid Inflammatory Food
Eczema is an inflammation in the body, and by putting inflammatory foods into your body you are putting more wood on the fire. Try to limit sugar, alcohol, processed foods. Instead aim for anti-inflammatory foods, such as veggies, fruits and berries. Eczema might also be an expression of a food you are eating that doesn’t function with your body, try to make an elimination diet with fx dairy and wheat. Take one of these out for about a month, and see if you can see and feel an improvement, then you can slowly start to introduce it into your diet again if you like, but pay close attention to how your skin reacts.
Perfume can really trigger a condition like eczema. Try to avoid perfume, and also go over all the products you put on your skin. Fx go after buying products that are made out of pure oils (fx apricot oil, almond oil), or go after certifications such as fx ‘allergy friendly’. Also try to cut down on topical products, so that you do not use too many. Try to keep it simple, and use very gentle products.
Question for you: Do you suffer with eczema? Or do you know of anyone who does? Then share this article with them. Perhaps there is a tip or two that they hadn’t heard about before, that might help them.
My skin type is to the dry and sensitive side, so over the years I’ve found many things that help to combat dry skin and moisturise the skin both from outside and from within. I want to share those tips with you, so here you have my 4 tips for dry skin!
One of my first tips would be to try to experiment with facial oils. Facial oils are very moisturising, and can really help combat dry skin. If you have very sensitive skin and break out easily, you can try oils such as jojoba, rosehip oil or evening primrose oil.
2. Healthy fats
It is not just enough to moisturise the skin from outside-in, one of the best things you can do if you have dry skin, is to eat more healthy fats. Eat more nuts, seeds and avocados, these will moisturise your skin from within. Hemp seeds, walnuts, cashew nuts, chia seeds, almonds, sesame seeds etc.
3. Avoid harsh products
I don’t know about you, but when I was a teenager, all the youth magazines promoted skincare products which was really harsh and damaging for the skin. At that time, I thought that if you were going to combat pimples and acne, that was what you had to use. Boy, was that wrong. These types of products actually damage your good bacteria on the skin, and dry out the skin. So avoid all types of ‘harsh’ products. Instead try fx some balm cleansers or some very gentle milk cleansers.
4. Hydrate Hydrate Hydrate
We cannot talk about dry skin, without talking about water. Hydrating your body with water, or watery foods (fx cucumber) is so important. Drink more water, and your skin will thank you!
Alana Olivers is a very inspirering woman who I’m following on Instagram & Youtube. We have very similar interests, within health, skin, and the whole mind body connection. Alana works as a skin coach and is just such a positive person, and I am so happy to have created such a beautiful ‘online friendship’ with her, without even having met her in real life. I find Alana very inspirering, and she has so much knowledge within the field of skin & health, which she is going to share much more of in this interview.
Dear Alana, will you tell us a little bit about yourself? Who you are and what you do?
I was born and grew up in Switzerland but I now live all over the world. I am a skin coach (I help others to make their skin look and feel its best) and I run my own company in Switzerland where we produce 100% natural, personalized, cruelty free, vegan skin care. My passion is to empower and help others see how amazing their bodies’ healing abilities are and to show them how much modern medicine underestimates what the body and skin can do all by itself, without any pills, just by giving it the right ‘fuel’ and treating it as a whole.
I am an introvert who loves to read books about health, the skin, the brain, genetics, epigenetics, psychology and the mind, who didn’t have a social media account until 24 years old and now tries to figure out how it works while still feeling weird in front of a camera every time 🙂 .
I believe that our health is the biggest wealth we have in life and that we should appreciate and respect our body and trust in its abilities and I hope to inspire others to see that the same way.
You share lots of skincare tips on your Youtube and Instagram, what made you become interested in skin? And, how did you gain the knowledge that you’ve learned?
A couple of
years ago I was diagnosed with something which made me spend a lot of time in
the hospital getting treatments and surgery which ended up weakening my immune
system massively. Apart from my completely weakened body, I started to get skin
rashes and acne, my body overreacted to literally everything and no skin care
helped. I tried everything from affordable to extremely expensive skin care,
but somehow it just made things worse.
I started to look into the ingredient lists and I was shocked to find out how
many chemicals were in there. I knew that there had to be a better way. I
started to read all the books I could get my hands on about healing the skin
and the body. I cleaned up my diet and my lifestyle as well as making my skin
care myself to make sure I can control all the ingredients.
I decided to take courses in natural skin care, nutrition, holistic medicine,
holistic healing etc. and I used every free minute to read everything about the
skin and what influences its healing and wellbeing. Soon thereafter people
started to take notice that my skin got much better and became interested in
what I did, and I started to coach them with their own skin and through word of
mouth I got more and more clients. That’s when I decided to make a Youtube and
Instagram account to share what I love most with more people 🙂
What are your 5 best skincare tips?
The foods you consume far outweigh the skin care you are applying topically, so make sure to heal your skin from within before spending money on something which can only (in the best case) help with the symptoms of your problem.
NEVER be afraid of using oils on your skin. If you are choosing the right oil for your skin it will be the best thing you’ve ever done when it comes to skin care (and it won’t clog your pores)
Be as gentle as you can and don’t overdo it with products (9 steps skin care systems were created by companies which want to sell you a loooot of products). Your skin was built to protect you from the world, it is an awesome organ and it just needs your support (not you trying to take over its job 🙂 )
Never forget that your skin is just part of a whole organism, your body. You can never heal the skin without healing the body, and as soon as you heal your body, your skin will be healthy as well.
80% of what you apply to your skin will be absorbed directly into your bloodstream. So make sure that the skincare you apply only contains ingredients which you would also feel comfortable with if you would have to eat it.
What is 1 thing you have experienced that most people do not think about when they want to improve their skin, which actually has a huge impact on how your skin looks?
the gut health. The health of our digestive tract influences the health of our
skin directly. Many of my clients are a little surprised to say the least when
I ask them about their bowel movements since they booked a consultation which
should cover their skin problems. But your gut is an organ which is responsible
to eliminate (literally:P) everything your body doesn’t need and the digestive
tract also has the vital job when it comes to absorb nutrients and vitamins.
If your gut is overwhelmed or constipated it can happen that part of your
already digested food gets reabsorbed into your bloodstream which leads to
inflammation which in turn can lead to acne and/or rashes and eczema. It is so
important to take care of your gut health, to me it is the seat of our health,
If your gut isn’t healthy your whole body (including your skin) is out of
balance. So, make sure to eat enough pre- and probiotic foods, avoid processed
foods and junk foods and lower your sugar intake. After taking antibiotics make
sure to use probiotics to bring the “good bacteria” back into your digestive
Do you have some daily rituals that you do every single day?
YEEEEEES 🙂 ! I am all about rituals, I believe that without creating small rituals around the things you want to improve in your life nothing really happens. The habits which made the biggest difference in my life are:
I always start my day with a 10-20 minutes Meditation and I usually also finish my day like this (it is one of the best rituals I have every implemented into my daily life).
The second thing I do is that I start every single day with lots of warm water (I either add lemon, ginger, turmeric, apple cider vinegar or some sort of tea to it, whatever I have on hand that day).
I also work out every single day since I believe that an active lifestyle is so important for a healthy body (and beautiful skinJ), I either run, go on a bicycle, go for a hike or do yoga.
Another ritual I have is that I read or listen to an audio book every day (usually before bedtime, and always when I commute) for at least 30min – 1 hour.
What is your skincare routine like?
My skin care routine is extremely simple. I use the oil cleansing method to cleanse my face in the evening. After that I always have a look at my skin and decide what it needs that day. That might just be some fresh Aloe Vera or a serum, or a mask, Vitamin C, or a product/DIY which contains AHA or BHA to exfoliate my skin (I only exfoliate my skin 1x a week). After that I just apply my 100% natural night cream and go to bed.
In the morning I usually don’t wash my face at all. I use some rice water toner (I have a recipe for that on my channel) and then I either apply some of my day cream (if my skin feels dry that day) or just leave it at that. Once to twice a week I go to the sauna and apply some manuka honey as a face mask. That’s basically it 🙂
You have also created your own skincare line. Can you tell us about the products you have created?
My Skin Care Company is based in Switzerland and is called “Natural Choices”. And this is exactly what the products are all about. They are 100% natural, cruelty free and vegan, they are free from chemicals and preservatives as well as silicones and parabens.
I think our skin is so different from everybody else’s. That’s why all the products are personalized (that means a person comes for a skin analysis or has a skin coaching session with me and after that we choose each ingredient for each product specifically for that person and then creates a unique product).
The benefit of that is first of all that we can address the specific skin problems with ingredients which matches the specific needs of our client, and also that we can change the formulation once the skin starts to get better (as well as making adjustments for Winter/Summer time).
Which books have changed your life?
Super Genes (Deepak Chopra M.D & Rudolph Tanzi Ph.D.)
The Four Agreements (Don Miguel Ruiz)
The Telomere Effect (Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn & Dr. Elissa Epel)
What is your best advice for people who are dealing with skin issues and are feeling insecure because of their skin?
For sure it
is always hard to deal with skin problems just because it is usually not
something you can easily cover up and everyone sees it so you feel exposed and
judged, at least that is how I felt.
The most important advice I can give is to try to shift your perspective about
it. It is not an easy thing to do, but it is truly life changing.
Don’t see the rashes or pimples or dry flakes as something your body does against you but as something it does FOR you. Try to see it as the language your body communicates with you. It tries to tell you that something is wrong, that for example your digestive tract or your liver is overwhelmed (breakouts, dull skin f.e.), or you don’t get enough sleep (dull skin, dark circles), or that your body is chronically inflamed (rashes, eczema, acne).
If you look at your skin problems from that perspective, then first of all you can figure out the cause for it and solve your problem at its root instead of just treating the symptoms, plus you enter into a much deeper relationship with your own body and will soon learn to read every sign it gives you and act accordingly.
Once you have been able to heal your skin you’ll be so much stronger and grateful for the process you had to go through because other people will never get the chance to learn this.
Which 3 people have inspired you most in your life?
He is one
of the leading figures when it comes to the body mind connection. His books
introduced me to Ayurveda, to mediation and taught me how important our mindset
is for the healing process of our body.
inspired my whole childhood into my adult life until now. Not him directly as a
person but his movies. I sometimes still find myself scrolling through Netflix
ending up watching Mulan or the Beauty and the Beast. I am a Disney Girl :p
and me went through a lot together and have an extremely strong relationship.
He unknowingly teaches me new lessons every single day but the most important
thing he taught me is probably that being yourself and to stand up for who you
are is certainly not always the easiest way but that it is always worth it, and
in the end the most rewarding.
If people want to learn more about you, or support you in any kind of way, where can they do this?
I will just start out by saying, that just beginning to drink herbal teas will of course not solve all of your skin problems. The body and mind is so much more complex than that. But if you are already eating relatively healthy, moving your body, getting enough good sleep etc. and you still want to do something extra to help your skin clear up, or just do something good for your body, then here are 3 herbal teas which can help clear your skin.
🌱Matcha / Green tea
Green tea or matcha can help reduce inflammation in the body, and can thereby help with inflamed acne or pimples.
The difference between green tea and matcha, is that green tea is just the leaves in a tea bag, whereas matcha is where the leaves have been grinded into powder, and it is thereby more powerful than green tea. Just 1/2 a teaspoon of matcha powder is equivalent to 8-10 cups of green tea.
🌱 Nettle tea
Nettle (brændenælde) helps support healthy skin because it purifies the blood and detoxifies the liver, which helps your skin clear up. Nettle is also rich in zinc, selenium and vitamins B and K. You can also try to make a stronger version, called a nettle infusion if you really want to do something for you skin! The taste of the nettle is quiet strong and not the best, so it can be recommended to make a mix with another herb, fx rooibos.
🌱 Dandelion tea
Dandelion (mælkebøtte) supports liver function and the digestive system. Both of these are essential for gaining healthy and clear skin. Dandelion contains calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc and vitamins B and C.
My personal favourites are green tea, matcha lattes or a nettle/rooibos mix! Especially green tea is my forever favourite. I have been drinking several cups of green tea almost every single day for the past 5+ years, and I just love it so much!
Have you tried any of these herbal teas? Which herbal tea is your absolute favourite?
You are most likely thin and have a delicate body type. You are prone to dryness, flakiness, dark sports, and premature fine lines and wrinkles (Hello me! Whenever it gets just a bit colder in, my skin are very prone to become dry).
Your skin type is normal to dry.
There are plenty of things you can do to ‘balance’ an imbalance. Here are some tips I’ve found, which can help your skin if you are predominantly vata.
TIPS FOR VATAS
Try to create some routines and stick to them. Vatas are known for their creativity and tons of ideas, but they have a hard time sticking to things, even though they would benefit highly from this. Try to create some routines for yourself to get more grounded.
Get regular sleep
In connection with routines, getting a regular sleep is also so important. Try to go to bed at the same time each night, and you can also try to create a before-bed-time routine, something that relaxes you, calms you down and prepares you for sleep. That could be making a little evening skincare routine, with candles, slow music, followed by reading a book in bed with low lights.
Vatas freeze very easily (my boyfriend can vouch for this, I almost always have cold hands or feet). To balance vata it is therefore very important to keep your body warm. Wear warm clothes, gloves, scarfs. Eat warm food (soups, sautéed veggies). Drink herbal teas.
Don’t over-exercise, but strive for more grounding activities. This could be yoga, walking, pilates, swimming, dancing, or shorter hikes.
Eat healthy fats
Healthy fats are so good for you and your skin, since these really moisturise your skin from the inside and out, and really keeps the skin hydrated. Healthy fats includes nuts, seeds and avocados.
Use gentle and moisturising skincare products
Use very gentle cleansers, so you don’t over-dry your skin. If you are a vata, you might know that feeling of very sensitive and irritated skin after having cleansed your face with a very ‘harsh’ cleanser – I do. For many years, when I was younger, I believed all those magazines telling me to buy this and that product to get rid of pimples etc., and all of the products were very harsh, so my skin for sure didn’t like that. After cleansing your face, you should moisturise it immediately after, to keep your skin hydrated. Look for warming and very moisturising products to use on your skin fx sesame, olive oil, shea butter and honey.
Vatas need more warm, cooked vegetables. They do not do as well with raw vegetables, since this can help contribute to dryness and slow down digestion. Vatas usually already have slow digestion, so eating raw vegetables does not work that well for them. Try lightly cooking or steaming your veggies instead. Eating warm veggies is very grounding for vatas, which is exactly what they need. Warm veggies will also help warm them up from the inside and out.
Winter is just around the corner, it actually snowed a little bit in Denmark the other day! That calls for lots of cozy times and self-care practices, to help with the mood and make the cold and dark Winter times a bit more enjoyable.
Here are 7 Cozy Winter Self-Care Practices
1. Drybrush your Skin
During Winter your skin tends to get a lot more dry. Something that can help with this is dry brushing your skin (preferably every day, or just before you take a shower). Dry brushing helps mildly exfoliate the skin and get rid of dead skin cells.
Is there anything better than snuggling under a blanket, with a cup of tea, and a warm footbath while watching a good movie? I absolutely that I love this. Winter is the perfect time to give your feet some love, especially now that they are locked inside big boots for many months. I like to make a footbath with some epsomsalt and lemon juice.
5. Light a Candle
Winter time calls for candles. Am I right? It just creates such a cozy and comforting vibe to see candles lit inside your home.
6. Time for Tea
I can basically drink tea all year long, but Winter time especially calls for those warm drinks. Whether that be herbal teas, hot cacaos or a delicious smelling chai lattes. Pour yourself a warm drink, grab a blanket, light the candles and engage in a lovely book, your favourite movie or have a great talk with your best friends.
7. Yin Yoga
I might be a bit biased here, but Cathrine (my boss) has really showed me the wonders of Yin Yoga. Yin yoga is a very slow and deep yoga practice. You stay in each pose for 3-5 minutes, and you thereby get really deep into the stretches. It feels amazing, and it is so relaxing and it really calms you down. Yin yoga also calls for warm clothes and you usually finish off with a blanket over you in Savasana. You can either take a physical yin yoga class, or you can do it at home by fx using Yogavivo.
What are your favourite things to do during the Winter, to make life a little bit more enjoyable? Share them in the comments, and let’s inspire each other!