My Skin is Beautiful Pt. I: Youthful Skin

Written by JJ Smith, #1 NY Times Bestselling Author and Weight Loss Expert

Posted April 13th, 2018 under Self Love

As you age, your skin naturally starts to lose collagen and elasticity. Elastin, the fibers that give young skin its resilience and bounce, start to deteriorate in your 30’s, along with collagen. Dermatologists offer a million and one non-surgical and noninvasive procedures to keep your skin tight, but there are plenty of easy, effective, and cost-friendly things you can do at home to keep your skin looking beautiful at a fraction of the cost.  I’ll share these tips with you throughout my new blog series “My Skin is Beautiful”. In part one, I’ll reveal 2 of the 8 keys to keep the appearance of glowing, youthful skin.

Cleanse & Exfoliate

Skin can start to appear rough, dry, and malnourished when dead skin cells begin to build up on the surface of your face. The buildup of dead skin cells also leaves you at risk for clogged pores and acne. Exfoliating helps clear up and cleanse your face of dead skin cells while rejuvenating and exposing healthy ones to give your face that glowing youthful look. You should aim to cleanse the face in the morning before applying makeup, and at night to remove dirt and grime that builds up throughout the day.  For ultimate facial cleansing to get radiant and healthy skin, I recommend the Clarisonic Cleansing Brush to reach the pores of your skin you’d otherwise miss with a simple cleansing face wipe.


 Moisturizing is a basic law of beauty everyone should use no matter their skin type. Even oily skin benefits from moisturizing. The purpose of a moisturizing cream is to retain moisture in the face and increase the hydration of the skin. The type of moisturizer you should use is based on your skin type:

  • Dry Skin: Oil-based (to restore the essential oils that have been stripped from your pores)
  • Oily Skin: Water-Based (to restore water and hydration to your skin)

Omega-3 fatty acids have been called “the natural moisturizer for dry skin.” Consider adding some of the following foods to your diet to promote hydration:

  1. Nuts and seeds (walnuts, flaxseeds, almonds, pistachios)
  2. Fish/Fish oils (salmon, tuna)
  3. Olive Oil
  4. Cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts

In the following series, we’ll be back with more tips on how to turn dry, dull, aging skin to clear, glowing, youthful skin. Until next time…

-Xo JJ