Guest Post – Naturopathic Doctor Trevor Cates on Getting Back Your Glowing Skin

With the Glowing Skin Summit going on online for free, I thought it would be appropriate to have a guest post from Dr. Trevor Cates, naturopathic doctor with further training in homeopathy, environmental medicine, and craniosacral therapy. Her guide is the perfect “get started” check list for glowing skin – if you want to find out more, attend some of the free sessions here.

Start With Your Digestion

What you put in your body is arguably more important for your skin than what you put on it. Eating a whole food based diet, rich in vegetables and fruits, is the best way to promote your digestive tract and skin on the path to wellness. Supplementing your diet with nuts, seeds, gluten-free whole grains (such as quinoa, millet and amaranth) as well as legumes is great. If you do eat animal products, ensure you’re sticking to organic pasture raised and grass fed varieties.

Eat for Beauty

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 11.09.27 PMWhen you optimize your food intake to include all the colors of the rainbow, you’re also optimizing your vitality. Whole foods that are red, orange, green, purple, yellow and blue are not only beautiful, but they send healthy messages to your body via phytonutrients that “turn on” your health promoting genes



Adding a good probiotic to your diet helps purify your skin from inside out. Regular bowel movements and strong immunity are essential for clear, toxin-free skin and long term health in general. {LPN’s note, my favourite probiotic supplement is MegaFlora by Megafoods}

Cut back on salty treats

Excessive sodium in your diet can suck the #moisture out of your skin and make it appear dull.

Get Moving

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 11.05.26 PMExercise increases blood flow to your skin and other organs. One of the easiest ways: take a walk or go for a bike ride. Any physical activity gets the oxygen in your blood moving, which instantly gives skin a glowing, rosy radiance, plus it helps improve your complexion over time.

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 11.04.02 PMGuzzle Water like a Fish – Replenishing your body with H2O gives you more energy, benefits your overall health, but will also help keep your skin from becoming dehydrated. Aim for at least eight glasses a day. If you dislike drinking water, you can also eat it — cucumber, zucchini, melons, strawberries contain over 95% water.


Rethink your drink

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 11.09.31 PMAlcohol contains a lot of sugar, which when broken down eats away at all your lovely collagen which is what keeps the skin youthful. Alcohol is also incredibly dehydrating. Alcohol also puts a huge strain on your liver, the body’s cleansing organ.

Stress less

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 11.09.12 PMWhen you’re stressed your skin will suffer, too. Techniques such as deep breathing or progressive muscle relaxation can help your skin look good, as well as helping you avoid other unpleasant side effects of stress. Keep your hands off your face! Your hands touch so many surfaces; they are a magnet for dirt and germs. Rub your eyes, stroke your chin, cup your cheek and you’ve transferred everything on your hands to your face.

Make SPF your new Best Friend

lpn-sunblockApplying a zinc oxide based sunblock whenever you go in the sun helps keep your skin looking as young and healthy as possible. {LPN’s note, some of my fave natural sunscreens are in this post here}

Early to bed, early to rise

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Sleep keeps your oxygen levels at a premium allowing your skin cells to renew quicker.


Run a humidifier every night to moisturize the air in your bedroom. Not only will it benefit your skin, you’ll be able to breathe the moist air more easily.

Join us for the Glowing Skin Summit!

The Glowing Skin Summit brings secrets, wisdom and cutting edge information from 35 of the world’s top wellness, nutrition, hormone and skin experts. They will help you learn the best natural and least invasive treatments for glowing skin and vibrant health.

This event is FREE and online – register here!