Apr. 10. 2015
Written By:
McKel (Hill) Kooienga
McKel Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

McKel Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

Founder of Nutrition Stripped® and the Mindful Nutrition Method™

Taking care of one of the largest detoxification organs on our bodies, our skin is just as important as the care we show the delicate skin on our face.

Overall my philosophy about makeup and what we put on our bodies is parallel to my food philosophy, the simpler the better. For me, it’s not just what I put on my skin, but purposeful techniques I do to my skin. They are practices that all of you can incorporate as well to keep the integrity of your skin tight, toned, healthy, and radiant.

Great Skincare Starts On The Inside

Remember that the most important factor of how our skin, hair, and nails look on the outside, is how we’re treating our bodies on the inside. This is affected by what foods we eat like the Foundational Five, how we manage stress, how we move our bodies, and other lifestyle factors — these combined with natural skincare play a huge role in my beauty regimen.

My Favorite Skincare Products

1. Dry Brush

Dry brushing is by far my favorite part in my skincare routine because it’s yielded the most results long term! I started dry brushing daily back in college and have done so every morning before a shower. It only takes about 2 minutes and it feels great.

Dry brushing also helps the integrity of our skin from the inside as well, it’s gentle enough to move our lymph and stimulate our circulation to bring oxygen to our skin, our muscles, collagen, and gently massages our connective tissue to keep our skin looking tight and toned. I promise it only takes a couple of minutes and hope you find it as relaxing as the rest of your routines, here’s how:

  1. Start by mini-circular motions on the chest, above the heart stimulating the vessels and drainage points for lymph.
  2. Then go to the bottom of your feet, gently brush in an upward stroke (towards your heart) with a natural fiber brush. Continue this sweeping motion until you’ve reached your hip then start on your other foot working your way up.
  3. Once you’ve reached your hip, gently brush in a circular motion on your tummy and chest, be gentle because this skin is much more delicate.
  4. Don’t forget to be brushing your back body as well, back of the thighs, your booty, and back in an upward movement.
  5. Then move to your hands and brush up towards your underarm, repeat on the other arm.
  6. Simple as that, you’re done

My faves: Natural fiber brush | Purest Palm Brush

2. Exfoliation Treatment

Exfoliation is incredibly important, I started with an exfoliation treatment once a week gradually building up to 2-3 times depending on my skin tone and the season. Our skin is sensitive by nature and it’s important that we don’t overdo the exfoliation especially if you’re not used to it. I start from the feet and work the way up the body, similarly with the dry brushing, to move your lymph in that direction. Also, I typically use circular motions when using an exfoliation treatment.

Additionally, I really enjoy this Body Plane from Esker beauty where it uses body oil with this body tool to exfoliate your skin after you shower.

My faves: DIY Coffee ScrubS.W. Basics Body Scrub

3. Cleanser

I like to keep all of my skincare incredibly simple, so I opt for cleansers that are gentle yet effective. This step can also include soaking in the tub with sea salts, which I love doing and highly suggest you give it a try!

My faves: Dr. Bronners Castile Soap | Herbivore Botanicals Coconut Milk Bath Soak | Herbivore Botanicals Detox Dead Sea Salt Soak

4. Rinsing

We all know rinsing is important, but I recommend taking showers/baths with warm/hot water versus scolding hot. My rinse routine is to run the water fairly warm, then right as I’m finishing up rinse with cold water. I know, sounds crazy but it works!

Added bonus, my mother who’s a hairstylist has always told me to rinse your hair with ice-cold water just before hopping out of the shower to close the hair cuticles and keep them shiny.

My must-have: Filtered water shower head

5. Moisturizer

If you’re skipping out on moisturizing your skin, you’re missing out on so much! Moisturizing with the right natural beauty products can leave your skin protected, feeling soft, healthy, radiant, and looking amazing.

My faves: Tata Harper Revitalizing Body Oil | Tata Harper Fortifying Body Lotion | organic coconut oil | OSEA body oil

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