Nov. 5. 2015
Written By:
McKel (Hill) Kooienga
McKel Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

McKel Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

Founder of NS and Creator of The Method

Attention, this is your skin prescription for flawless, glowing, radiant, smooth, supple, and beautiful skin. In high school and college I suffered from acne on my back and chest, something I was so embarrassed about; it was a struggle to feel confident as a teenager who was already going through a million changes; but what about acne on your face or uneven skin tone, and blemishes? Those are a bit harder to cover up and who says you need to! It wasn’t until I changed my diet and lifestyle in college when my skin completely cleared up and beyond that I routinely go without wearing makeup! Today, I’m sharing skin food and your Skin Rx to Get Healthy Skin for Life and a couple tips and tricks I’ve learned over the years I struggled with “less than great” skin.

Glow from the inside

Just as we talked about last month about growing healthy, strong, and shiny locks; the same nutrition that plays a crucial role in how strong and healthy our hair is, also keeps our skin clear, radiant, and glowing! Our skin is the largest detoxification organ in our body so inflammation, food intolerances, stress, digestive issues, lack of sleep, dehydration, and hormonal imbalances are bound to pop up in the skin in some fashion. Just like our hair, our skin requires enough energy and healthy calories to keep it healthy, tight, and glowing especially B vitamins, minerals like zinc, healthy fats, and protein. Nourishing our bodies from the inside will always show on the outside, therefore the most important thing you can do to get healthy skin now is to start from the inside, supporting your health on a cellular level. Just as eating and taking care of yourself from the inside, there are great topical products you can try to take your skin to the next level, in my years of experience learning how my skin reacts to certain stressors, not all “natural beauty” skincare products work on my skin. For example, coconut oil on my face, no way! I break out like crazy, but coconut oil as a body moisturizer works beautifully. It’s all about YOU and learning how your skin is!

No. 1

Skin food = essential nutrients.

The more that we treat the inside of our bodies with care and nourish on a cellular level, the more out body can absorb and utilize those nutrients to make our skin glow, radiant, and clear up from the inside out. Zinc, B vitamins, selenium, protein, healthy fats, magnesium, vitamin E, A, C are just some of the few nutrients our skin needs. Download this eBook all about beauty foods and foods that nourish your hair and skin from the inside out. It wasn’t until I created the Stripped Green Smoothie in college (the smoothie I’ve been drinking daily since then), that I begun to see a drastic change in my digestion, my skin, and my hair. My hair grew stronger and longer, my skin had that “glow” everyone always talks about, my pores looked smaller, and overall I felt so happy not needing to wear tons of makeup. If you take anything away from this blog post today, it’s to seriously get on the Stripped Green Smoothie every morning and see how your health can transform- and like anything, it will never happen overnight, it takes consistency and diligence with all of these changes.

SKIN FOOD FAVORITES: Beauty Food Salad, Beauty Green Smoothie, Stripped Green Smoothie, Turmeric Milk, Brazil Nut Milk, and Dark Chocolate Avocado Mousse.…all recipes on Nutrition Stripped are incredibly nutrient dense and inflammation fighting, just have your pick here!

No. 2

Stress less.

Managing stress is crucial at keeping our cortisol levels in check and keep our hormones humming along in perfect unison. When we have any hormonal imbalance, whether that be triggered by too much stress (which I have to say is 90% of what I see with my clients and what affects my skin personally the most!), lack of sleep, lack of exercise, or eating the wrong foods for our bodies, the more our skin shows it’s “stressed out”. Need a little help? Check out my post about 15 Steps to Living Whole and Eating Well.

No. 3

Cleanse correctly!

I’m a huge believer in keeping every product you use on your skin, super simple, yet effective. Some of you, myself included, have really sensitive skin and for this and through my experience, using fragrance free cleansers and products have been incredibly helpful. A couple of my go-to cleansers include what my dermatologist recommends, Vanicream or a Cetaphil cleanser, Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser. Boost it! Try adding a little pinch of baking soda to any of your creamer cleansers for a natural yet super effective exfoliant!

No. 4


I could go on and on about how important water is for our overall health, but for the sake of talking skin, it’s important! Our skin is thirsty and not just from the inside but also from topical products we use and ones that keep moisture locked in. Try this! Spritz your favorite rosewater spray, floral essence, or just a good sprinkle of warm water and then immediately put on your serums and moisturizers. This locks in the water or the essence beautifully, leaving your skin super plump! Peptides have also been shown to help retain moisture. Try my Chia Fresca or Simply Infused Water recipes to keep you hydrated from the inside.

No. 5

Go bare!

Skip the makeup. I would say 4-5 days out of the week I’m completely makeup free and it feels amazing! I remember when I first started incorporating these “make up free days” in college, I was terrified. I didn’t have “horrible” skin, but just the thought of me leaving the house not “done up” was enough to get me all hot and bothered. Now, I totally embrace letting my skin breath, natural glow show, and it just feels right, feels like me with nothing to hide! Don’t get me wrong, I still love to get ready with makeup and have fun with new looks, but the majority of the time, I use less than 5 products. I challenge you to the no make up free day challenge, where you set up a couple if not just 1 day a week where you’re completely makeup free and FAB-U-LOUS.


Sweat it out.

Sweat it out as much as you hydrate. I splurged and got an infrared sauna for my home and LOVE it. I use it each morning after my workout for at least 30 minutes to sweat it out and detoxify the skin- followed by a shower. You can get on the infrared sauna train here!

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YOUR TURN: What are your favorite healthy skin care tips and tricks? Do you have any products you’re obsessed with and wanna share, comment below! Let me know what you think when you give this recipe a go! I love seeing what you come up with so don’t forget to take a picture and tag it #nutritionstripped on Instagram!

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xx McKel