Taking Care of My Skin From the Inside Out

This post is in partnership with PURENEW. All thoughts and opinions are mine. Thank you for supporting the brands that help make Bubby and Bean possible.

Last month, I shared a challenge I’ve committed to called 100 Days For Positive Change, that focuses on being physically active for at least 30 minutes a day, everyday. The challenge is currently half way done, and I’m happy to report that it’s still going strong! Aside from the fact that making daily physical activity a priority (something I’ve never done for longer than a week or two at a time) has had numerous benefits for my physical and mental health, it has also inspired me to focus on taking care of myself from the inside out in other ways. This includes focusing on an area where I’ve needed some help recently: my skin.

I’ve always been good about caring for my skin externally. I never, ever go to bed wearing makeup, I wash twice a day with a gentle cleanser recommended by my dermatologist, I moisturize religiously, I use a great eye cream, and I exfoliate as needed. I always read the ingredients on skincare products and pay close attention to how they affect my skin, and I change and update them as needed. But doing this challenge has motivated me to pay even closer attention to my body as a whole, and I’ve noticed my skin has looked (and even felt) a little lifeless. I needed to take my skincare routine up a notch.

A few weeks ago, a friend who is doing the challenge with me suggested taking certain supplements to help boost different aspects of my health. While doing research into which ones to get, I started reading more on how superficial skincare products often can’t target the causes of skincare issues and help longterm the way taking health supplements can. I read about a beauty supplement line called PURENEW (the name itself is the fusion of “pure” and “renew”; love that!) that is designed specifically for different life stages. I really liked the fact that their supplements are all made in a cGMP (Current Good Manufacturing Practice) certified facility in California using standards enforced by the FDA, and that they contain only the highest quality ingredients sourced from nature and backed by clinical studies. I’ve taken other beauty supplements to help my hair and nails, but this line really focuses on targeting overall beauty-from-within and bringing visible change to skin, with packets containing several types of supplements specially for my age group. I knew I had to give it a try.

I immediately started taking the Professional Skin Clear Advanced Skin Care, which is designed to help reduce wrinkles and clear skin over the age of 35. Since turning 40, I’ve noticed some major free radical and sun damage on my face, mainly in the form of dark spots, wrinkles, and dullness. PURENEW helps to promote healthy skin cells by increasing collagen, boosting moisture and elasticity, reducing formation of age spots, and brightening skin tone – all things I wanted to improve in my skin. Everyday, I take one packet of supplements after a meal. And I have to say you guys, even after one week I noticed that my skin seemed clearer and healthier looking. The longer I take it, the more of difference I see. And that’s pretty great.

In addition to taking PURENEW, I’ve continued to take care of my skin from the inside out by drinking lots of water throughout the day, eating healthy foods, and being physically active for at least 30 minutes a day (usually through running or yoga). I’m so grateful that I started this challenge, not just because it’s good for me physically (although that was the initial goal and remains crucial!), but because it’s inspired me to pay attention to all aspects of body – inside and out – including how I’d been taking care of my skin. I plan to continue to nourish it both externally and internally, and am excited to see how much it’s improved when the challenge is complete.

What is your skincare routine? Do you mainly focus on superficial skincare, or do you take beauty supplements as well?

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I can’t believe I have such a nice dog.

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The eyes pretty much say it all.

I never thought I’d like a dog of this breed, much less consider one my best canine companion.

I think I’m always going to have at least one Deutscher Schäferhund in my home. They are that much fun to train and play with, and they are so clownish and loyal. Plus, they are great watch dogs that can easily be trained not to bark excessively, and the best ones are not vicious.

She is stable and attuned my mood. She is sensitive and eager and quite brainy.

Which is a good thing, because she is built like a body-builder, with massive muscles in her hind quarters and forelegs.

I would not want a dog like her if it was a crazed lunatic that went around randomly attacking people. She could do a lot of damage, but she’s docile and domesticated.

I have, however, seen that demure clowny coyote suddenly become all business when she thought her job was to be the protector.

Anka is what I like in a dog. I’ve always been looking for that perfect balance of drive, good sense, and intelligence in a dog, but it’s harder and harder to find in golden retrievers. It still exists, but it is something one must seek out with a great deal of rigor.

And even then, you may be turned away.

Working German shepherds are really common, and because people often don’t know what they are getting when they purchase a puppy– “I want one of them straight-backed ones” is a common idea in the public mind– they often are in need of good homes. What most people don’t get is those straighter-backed Rin Tin Tin dogs have far more drive than most people are accustomed to having in a dog, and they would be be better suited to buy an actual show-bred dog.

Living with both forms of this breed has given me a deep appreciation for each type.  I can’t say that I am as fundamentalist against the show dogs as I once was. I had to change my mind, because I was wrong.

And yes, we can have all these debates about functional conformation in this breed. We can post that image that shows the horse with the extreme rear angulation. We can show photos of Hektor Linksrhein/Horand von Grafrath all we want.

But i have changed my mind about what breeds I do like to have. One of these days, I’ll probably up my game with a Malinois or a Dutch shepherd, which are like five or six clicks more driven than a working German shepherd,  but for right now, I enjoy what I do have.

A good dog.

 

 

 

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