I’m psyched to bring you this interview today! I’ve been wanting to talk about skin care on the blog for a long time.
Skin care is a super hip topic these days and everyone is nerding out over ingredients and trendy products. I’ve gotten lots of questions from Spirit Junkies about this topic and it comes up a lot in conversations with friends. I am a big fan of holistic skin care and believe in the power of healing from the inside out!
In fact, two of the best things I’ve ever done for my skin have nothing to do with masks or serums. I used to struggle with cystic acne and had a really hard time getting rid of it. I tried many products but it was a never-ending battle. But when I quit sugar, I can say my cystic acne was healed for good. Period.
Another major benefit for my skin is using my infrared sauna. My circulation has improved and I feel the benefits of sweating!
I want to share with you some more amazing benefits of holistic skin care, so I got in touch with my dear friend and dermatologist Bobby Buka, MD. Bobby and I met years ago in a yoga class, and he’s the first person I go to with any skin question. Now I’m bringing him onto the blog to share his wisdom about holistic skin care with the Spirit Junkie tribe.
I threw a bunch of questions at Bobby and he delivered! He even created some awesome videos of his farm in upstate New York.
Check out our Q&A below and be sure to watch Bobby’s awesome videos, where he gives even more tips!
Tell me about your farm! Why did you start it? Where is it? What do you grow?
Prana Farms was inspired by the idea to live simply and sustainably. To have a place to reside away from the city, but close enough to comfortably travel to. (Take a tour below!)
Prana Farms is located two hours north of New York City. The dream was to have land to grow vegetables organically and sustainably, and to raise a family in nature. It has spiraled into so many other facets over the past three years. It’s truly one of those places where magic happens.
Currently we are growing all sorts of food in the greenhouse, including: varieties of spinach and kale, fennel, cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, beets, turmeric, basil, rosemary, cilantro, sage and ashwagandha. In the summertime our fruit trees gift us with figs, Asian pears, limes, plums. We are also working towards growing hops.
What’s one of your favorite home remedies for a common problem?
Skin compresses. Use anti-inflammatory herbs like calendula, steep the flowers and petals, wrap it in gauze and place it on the skin. The heat will help draw out any impurities and the active ingredients will soothe irritated or inflamed skin. It also allows you to rest and chill for 20 minutes. It’s a great way to sit still and tune out, slow down and repair the body and mind.
What’s an anti-aging ingredient everyone should know about?
How much of a role does our diet play into the health of our skin?
Think acne: It has a few different causes, but there happens to be an underlying connection between the immune system and the gut. Studies have found a correlation between the bacteria Propionibacterium, acne and the immune system. The more nutritious food we feed ourselves, the better we feel. The healthier the immune system, the healthier the gut biome.
If we eat more foods that are alive, bright in color, packed with hydration, full of nutrients like vitamins and minerals, it will better our chance for great health and radiant, clear skin. There is a direct correlation between the foods we ingest and the way our skin looks and feels. If you don’t believe me, try eliminating all processed/packaged food for two weeks and add in vegetables and fruit. You will discover the how food can drastically change the appearance of your skin from the inside out.
I know you’re into yoga and meditation. How can practices that reduce stress help our skin, and what can people start doing?
Bobby answered this one from his yurt and his sauna!
What are a couple of the most powerful ingredients for our skin?
Two of my favorite ingredients are ashwagandha, this miracle herb has the taken the medical world by storm, and curcumin.
The ashwagandha plant (aka Indian ginseng) is abundant in antioxidant, immune-boosting, anti-inflammatory, sleep-inducing, anti-stress and antibacterial properties. The high amount of antioxidants allows it to fight the damaging free radicals produced by exposure to harmful UV radiation from the sun, in turn it will help reduce those pesky dark spots, wrinkles and fine lines. Ashwagandha also helps bring down the cortisol levels, reducing the harmful impact that stress has on your body.
My other favorite is curcumin, one of the most important active compounds found in turmeric. It’s an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiviral powerhouse. It can stymie several pro-inflammatory molecules and is responsible for regulating the immune system’s response to infection.
Curcumin can not only halt inflammation in its tracks, but it also protects the skin by improving collagen production while vanquishing free radicals! And because it works so effectively for healing wounded skin, many of the manifestations of skin disease, like dryness, rashes, scaliness, swelling and irritation, are repaired since curcumin helps increase connective tissue formation and promotes blood flow.
These two ingredients alone can really improve the health of the body and the health of the skin.
You can also find out more about his dermatology practice here.
Spirit Junkies, what are your favorite holistic skin care ingredients, products and remedies? Leave a comment and let me know how you keep your skin clear and healthy!