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It was a little after 10 pm one night. I finished up my skincare and hopped into bed with my husband. I asked him, “How’s my skin?” Giggling, I asked, “Does it look like a Glazed Donut?” Horrified, he quickly responded, “NO! You look amazing!” I promptly explained what it meant to have a glazed donut glow and now the best compliment one can receive under our roof is, “your face looks like a glazed donut.” Haha! We have a lot of fun at our house, but sometimes it’s time to get serious. One thing I’m always serious about is the healthiness of my skin- especially, as I get older and notice small changes on my face. Nature’s way of reminding me of the years passing by, of course. One thing that I’ve worked toward in the last couple of months, though, has been maintaining glazed-donut, glowing skin after the summer. You may be wondering, what in the world is all this glazed donut stuff about? Lucky for you, that’s what I’m here to talk about today – come on in, friend, maybe you’ll learn a little somethin’ somethin’.
First things first, what is glazed donut skin? Having glazed donut skin simply means that a person has a healthy, youthful complexion, which resembles the finish of a glazed donut. You know, like a Krispy Kreme original glazed, mouth-wateringly delicious confection… 😇
Who doesn’t want a healthy, smooth, glowing appearance? I’m assuming everybody wants it and now I’m going to share how to achieve it; even if you have adult, hormonal acne and thought glass skin was unachievable, you can achieve glazed-donut skin.
Before I got started in the beauty industry, I was always skeptical about trendy beauty routines. I hadn’t realized how many people there were out there who were fighting silent battles with their skin and taking a daily hit to their self-esteem. Then, around age 25- almost 10 years ago now, I started growing long, wiry hairs on my chinny-chin-chin, you know, wicked witch-style. And I started getting breakouts whenever Aunt Flo was on her way. Anyone who knows me personally understands that I will not suffer a blemish to remain on my face, so of course, I would pop the pimples. Those same pimples would return hours later-, so I would pop ‘em again! Squeezing my face created scars and dark spots and a reason to feel ashamed of my skin. What do you do when you want to cover your blemishes? Pack on the makeup, right? Duhh! Of course, that exacerbated the issue. Eventually, I switched to mineral makeup and selected a very high-end brand of skincare, which at the very least, kept my skin moist and allowed my skin to heal and naturally fade some of the dark spots.
I was spending over $200 a month on skincare products, which didn’t really fix the problem. Years down the line I learned more about hormonal acne and ways to combat it, and I found that the solution lived in the combination of traditional skincare products I was using and supplementing my nutritional deficiencies. After talking with nutritionists, and doctors, and building my beauty biz, I finally found a way to get the acne under control so that I could maintain healthy, youthful, glowing skin. I tell you all that to say, that if you’re struggle is anything like mine, the following tips and products can work for you. Additionally, you may want to consider a Basic or Deluxe subscription to Youth Amplified!, which will introduce you to the combination of skincare and supplements that I used to clear my skin and start to help you with the nutritional deficiencies that may be standing in the way of getting your skin and its tantrums under control.
What do you need to achieve the glazed donut look and maintain it? I’ve seen a bunch of glazed donut videos, blogs, and posts out there, and the ‘what’ here isn’t vastly different from anything else you may have seen. The maintenance of ‘the look’ is where, I believe, the distinction lies. You need a good exfoliator - manual exfoliator or chemical exfoliator (whatever your preference), toner, or essence (I’m a fan of toners), hydrating serums, deeply hydrating moisturizer (SPF during the day), facial oil (at night) and a hydrating mist. My favorite products for each of those steps are: Artistry Skin Nutrition™ Balancing Jelly Cleanser,
The Polished Pout Lip Exfoliator + Conditioner, Artistry Studio™ Pampered Pout Lip Balm + Overnight Mask, Artistry Skin Nutrition™ Balancing Fresh Shake Toner, Done with Zit! Acne Treatment + Clearing Gel, Hydro-Spritzer Refresher + Protector, Artistry™ Intensive Skincare Anti-Wrinkle Firming Serum, Artistry™ Intensive Skincare Advanced Skin Refinisher, Artistry Skin Nutrition™ Renewing Reactivation Eye Cream, Artistry Skin Nutrition™ Renewing Reactivation Cream, Artistry Studio™ Zen Daze Ahead Facial Oil. To see how I use them, watch my nighttime skincare routine.
The most important thing to understand about maintaining healthy skin, is how much overall health plays a part in the look of skin. Years ago, I thought it was strange that some folks would talk about dieting as a necessity to keep skin looking good-, I’m here to tell ya, it’s not strange. It makes sense. The body has nutritional needs to effectively complete its tasks. There is a hierarchy for prioritizing certain bodily functions. Of course, life-preserving functions are at the top of the list. Maintaining the look of skin, is probably somewhere at the bottom of the list. Skin is an organ just like any other in that it also has
nutritional requirements. If a person’s diet is lacking and the body has to search all over to find a certain nutrient and it comes to find that the particular nutrient is not there, then it will find a substitute that it can convert and use. In finding substitutes, essentially, it’s robbing Peter to pay Paul. Therefore, some bodily functions will have to go without having their nutritional requirements met. Supplementing for beauty with Youth Amplified! is the way to make sure all the body’s functions have their nutritional needs met so that traditional skin care products can simply be ‘the icing on the cake,’ so to speak.
All over the beauty scene, we see women with the ‘perfect’ complexion and in so many ways it just seems unattainable-; as though, some folks got the genes and others did not. That’s just not the case.
I’ve attached a series of my own before-after photos to this post to prove my point. At a time when I was disgusted with my face, I took these pictures so that I could celebrate whenever I found the way to break free of what I felt was a curse.
By the way, I always try my best to err’ on the side of natural and organic supplements, as well as botanical-heavy skincare that is well researched with clinical claims. However, my advice and recommendations are not a substitute for whatever your medical provider will tell you. Always check with your physician before
changing or introducing any supplements. So, what’s my secret? Before I get too deep let's drop a disclaimer: the following statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Any Supplement mentioned in The Forever Young Blog is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. As I said before, the skincare products matter, but the secret ingredient for me is Nutrilite™ PMS Health, which is an evening primrose oil supplement blend. The same stuff they recommend to women to reduce symptoms of menopause, in a slightly different combination can also help clear acne.
Here’s how it works: evening primrose oil has an extremely high concentration of gamma-linolenic acid (a.k.a. GLA). GLA (basically, your omega-3 and omega-6) helps the body balance hormones by absorbing and retaining more vitamins K, D, and E. Vitamin K has enough estrogen-like characteristics that in many ways is considered a hormone, think of it as being a balancer for estrogen. With my background in the field of mental health, I was taught that vitamin D is a vitamin which assists in regulation of hormones and neurotransmitters like serotonin. In learning all the science behind skincare, I found out why that’s even possible. Vitamin D also has hormone-like characteristics-; not only does it act as a hormone, but it also communicates with other hormones. I’ll try not to geek-out here, but I think that’s super cool! Even Vitamin E has hormone-like properties.
One study found that increased GLA in the diet over two months reduced acne and marked better moods in study participants.
But what does any of this have to do with clearing acne and achieving glazed donut skin?! Well, quite often, adult acne has a connection to nutrition deficiencies or hormonal imbalance- sometimes both. The GLA in evening primrose oil can touch both of those areas. Therefore, coupled with a healthy diet, an evening primrose oil supplement, like Nutrilite™ PMS Health can help fill a few nutritional deficiencies so that the body will not have to pull nutrients from other areas to find substitutes for vitamins K, D, and E. What does that mean? The vitamins K, D, and E will be found in
excess in the body, so there will be plenty left for the cellular processes in the skin.
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