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5 Health Hacks For Radiant Skin

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In our quest for beauty, more often then not we are drawn to the latest trendy eye cream or face mask in order to acheive flawless skin. Don't get me wrong, I love a good beauty product but I used to think the only way to flawless skin was from something applied topically until I realized how much our dietary and lifestyle habits influence our beauty.

Prime example: When I used to be addicted to sugar, I always looked "puffy" and if I had a night of indulgence with too much alcohol I would wake up with inflamed red skin.

As you can see, what you eat can have a huge impact on your skin that fast. What happens when we consume skin-irritating foods like wheat (gluten), dairy, sugar, alcohol and coffee, is that it triggers the release of pro-inflammatory hormones which can lead to things like rosacea, eczema, dermatitis and redness of the skin.

But once we understand how quickly these foods can take a toll on our skin, we can also understand that achieving radiant glowing skin is within arm's reach, simply by nourishing ourselves with skin-LOVING foods and incorporating supportive lifestyle habits! 


There are a number of ways I support my skin on a daily basis, but I've highlighted 5 of the top dietary and lifestyle habits (let's call them "health hacks") that I love the most!

5 Health Hacks To Achieve Radiant Skin

1. Get Outside Every Single Day

I make a point to get outside every single day by going on walks in our local park with my family. It's one of my favourite ways to boost my energy and relieve stress. Spending time in nature has also been shown to increase levels of the mood-supporting neurotransmitter, serotonin. This is why you might find you feel happier when you're in nature and when you are happy to your core, you naturally have a glow to you! 

Getting outside also gives you an opportunity to soak up some vitamin D, also known as "the sunshine vitamin", because the highest quality form of it comes from the sun! Vitamin D is such an essential nutrient in the body to support everything from our immune system, to our mood and bone strength. It also plays a key role in the health of our skin since Vitamin D supports skin cell growth, repair and metabolism.

Since it plays such an essential role in regulating our immune system, it can also help to destroy free radicals that might otherwise contribute to premature aging. Of course, there's that sweet spot between too little and too much sun exposure, as too much sun can speed up the aging process. Typically you want to aim for 10-15 minutes of sunlight exposure daily, however keep in mind, if you live in North America, you actually can't absorb Vitamin D from the sun between the months of November - May. If that applies to you, you will want to look into supplementing with Vitamin D during these months which I talk more about in this post.

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The other important consideration is that being outside exposes us to a variety of bacteria, especially if we are gardening or hiking. These bacteria are essential to our health and wellness as they help to form our skin microbiome.


2. Eat Beautifying Foods

As I mentioned previously, what you put into your body (and what you don't put into it) can play a huge role in the overall health of your skin. A good general rule of thumb to ensure you're eating beautifying foods on a daily basis is to eat a variety of as many colourful foods as possible. 


Many phytonutrients contain antioxidants that help to cool inflammation. Inflammation, if you recall, is typically where skin irritations and conditions like eczema or rosacea stem from.

Now this doesn't necessarily mean that every time you eat, you have to ask yourself "Is this food going to hamper my beauty?" But instead, strive to constantly eat a variety of colourful foods, in addition to some of the major skin-loving foods I've outlined below:

  • Reishi Mushrooms – The research that is coming out around the health benefits of reishi mushrooms are outstanding! From a skin care perspective, reishi comes with powerful antioxidant and antiaging effects. It does so by protecting cellular DNA from oxidant damage that contributes to aging.  The proven Ling Zhi form of Reishi is also known traditionally for supporting both longevity and healthy aging. It's typically consumed in a tea or in specific supplements, like New Chapter's Perfect Hair, Skin & Nails.

  • Aloe – You might be familiar with aloe if you've suffered from a sun burn, but have you ever consumed it? Doing so can do wonders for your gut, and if you're familiar with my skin healing philosophy, you'll know that I'm an advocate for supporting the health of our skin by starting within (i.e. the gut!) That's because your skin is a reflection of what's happening on the inside. Aloe's anti-inflammatory properties help to support overall digestion, while healing the intestinal lining. Now knowing the connection between our skin and digestion, it makes sense why New Chapter's Perfect Hair, Skin & Nails includes aloe as an ingredient.

  • Fish – Fish is an amazing source of astaxanthin. Astaxanthin is a potent antioxidant (50x more powerful than common antioxidants like Vitamin C and Beta Carotene. It has been clinically proven to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin elasticity and help maintain a youthful appearance. It's also what gives salmon it's vibrant orange colour!

    Eating fish in general is also amazing for the health of your skin. You're getting so much more than just EPA and DHA – you're also getting numerous other omegas and vitamin D! Omega-3s in particular are amazing to reduce inflammation to pave the way for clear glowing skin. These fatty acids also act as natural moisturizers that help to alleviate dry skin from the inside out. Astaxanthin from a vegan source can also be found in New Chapter's Perfect Hair, Skin & Nails.

3. Make Sleep A Priority

This one might be more obvious to you if you've ever woken up from a terrible sleep, leaving you with puffiness and bags under your eyes. When you're sleep deprived, or sleeping for less than 8 hours a night, inflammatory chemicals are elevated which can lead to aging of the skin. 

Another thing that happens when we're sleep deprived is that appetite hormones are increased. But your body doesn't just want any food – it wants carbohydrate – typically in the form of refined sugar, refined carbohydrates or alcohol. This is because it's the body's preferred form of energy since it has the potential to boost energy levels the fastest, athough it almost always ends in an energy crash. And if you didn't already know, none of these are particularly skin-loving foods. Instead, we can look to these natural solutions for better sleep to ensure we are getting an adequate amount of sleep which will help prevent any appetite hormones increasing to begin with!

4. Supplement with New Chapter's Perfect Hair, Skin & Nails

On top of incorporating more beautifying foods into your diet, supplementing with a high-quality supplement like New Chapter's Perfect Hair, Skin & Nails can be SO helpful in supporting the health of your skin (and your hair and nails too, of course!) What I love about this supplement specifically is that it emphasizes the wisdom of nature so the nutrients are derived from the whole food as opposed to using synthetic ingredients or extracts.

It's unique blend of chamomile, schizandra and maca is amazing at reducing stress which can do a number on skin. It also consists of a digestive support blend and as we know, there is a huge link between the health of your digestion and the health and overall appearance of your skin. It's unique blend of ingredients help to support inflammation on a cellular level while combatting photo aging (premature aging of the skin caused by repeated exposure to UV radiation from the sun).

Since New Chapter's Perfect Hair, Skin & Nails came to Canada this past September, I've been using it religiously and have noticed improvements in my skin and am loving reaping the benefits of hair and nail growth too (hence why it's Joyous Healsth Approved!)

I just saw one of my girlfriends the other day who has been taking it for two weeks and she's already noticed a difference in her skin!

5. Water


This always comes across as the plain, boring and "I already know that" tip that I recommend to joyous readers and clients but it truly is SO important for your overall health, but especially for the health of your skin! Water is so important for digestion and also helps to promote circulation, absorption and excretion to ensure we are eliminating toxins efficiently which might otherwise represent themselves on our face through blemishes or acne. Drinking an adequate amount also comes with anti-aging benefits for the skin.

If you find it difficult to drink your 8 cups of water a day, you can also hydrate by eating more hydrating foods like watermelon, strawberries, smoothies (have you tried myGingerbread Smoothieyet?) and soups. This also means being mindful of how many baked, roasted, boiled or dehydrated foods you're eating. There's nothing wrong with these kinds of foods, but since they have a dehydrating effect on the body, you'll want to make sure you're rehydrating to compensate.

To increase your water intake:

  • Track your water intake using the Waterlogged App 
  • Add lemon or other fresh fruit to your water for added flavour
  • Set a reminder on your phone every 2 hours to drink 1 glass of water
  • Carry a water bottle around with you everywhere to ensure you're never out of water and drink water first thing in the morning!


This post was created in partnership with New Chapter, however all opinions are always my own. Read more about partnership ethos here.

Geege   •   December 14, 2017

Unfortunately the New Chapter supplement contains carrageenan, a Cancer causing agent and one I stay away from. Thanks for the recommendations though. I just love your blog and recipes. And what a sweet family you have. Happy holidays

Rachel Molenda   •   December 15, 2017

Lisa   •   December 14, 2017

I like to gently exfoliate my face and neck once a week with a paste of baking soda and a little warm water. After rinsing it off my skin looks super radiant!

Rachel Molenda   •   December 15, 2017

Mandy T.   •   December 14, 2017

I printed off a copy of your "Skin Superfoods" and I keep it on my fridge. I find it very helpful and effective. It's much easier to eat healthy when you have a guideline to follow. Thanks!

Rachel Molenda   •   December 15, 2017

Amara R.   •   December 15, 2017

i simply loved reading the article SUPPLEMENT WITH NEW CHAPTER'S PERFECT HAIR, SKIN

Rachel Molenda   •   December 18, 2017

Tressie Dawson   •   December 18, 2017

This is a very informative post! I love reading your articles. Thanks for the post.

Rachel Molenda   •   December 18, 2017

CindiLC   •   December 18, 2017

As an esthetician of twenty years, I agree with all of this! It’s not completely about what you put ON your skin, but how you treat your body over all that really matters.

Rachel Molenda   •   December 18, 2017

Cheryl   •   December 18, 2017

I have tried many techniques to keep the same blemish from appearing on my face, what could you advise to try? or suggestion? Thanks

Rachel Molenda   •   December 19, 2017

tara   •   December 27, 2017

Thanks Joy! Do you know if New Chapter's Perfect Hair, Skin

Rachel Molenda   •   December 27, 2017

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Nidan C.   •   January 4, 2018

Great and inspiring content found here.... thanks and keep inspiring us by sharing more and more beneficial


Sabryna   •   January 5, 2018

Hi Joy! I really love your blog and Youtube Channel. What are some good (tasty) ways to consume aloe?

Rachel Molenda   •   January 5, 2018

Terry Carrico   •   May 9, 2018

Nice post! The content is really very informative. These are the best skincare products one must use in their daily skincare regime. All kinds of skincare problems can be resolved only if you keep a proper skincare regime.I would like to add my favorite product too one should include in their kit is revitol skin brightener. Its the most effective cream and will invariably brighten your skin tone and give a radiant glow. Its a must try.

Rachel Molenda   •   May 9, 2018

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