The 30-Day Healthy Skin Challenge

skin health challenge

A 30-day healthy skin challenge that’s more than just your face and neck! We’re talking skin health and protecting your body’s largest organ!

A few housekeeping points:

  1. Mark your calendar! We start 9 JANUARY 2023!
  2. But, here’s the deal. Don’t fret if you can’t start on that date. The big thing will be to follow our challenge steps/plans for 30 days. That means you can start whenever you wish. 
  3. It’s all up to you to be accountable to yourself. Also, it’s all up to you to decide what you can and can’t do reasonably within your own body, budget and life. No pressure. Hey, anything you do will be a plus!
  4. And, remember, the 21/90 Rule from Love Wellness:
  5. What is the 21/90™ rule? Basically, we believe that it takes 21 days to create a habit and 90 days to make it part of your lifestyle. After you complete the 90 days, the habit will be as much a part of your daily lifestyle as brushing your teeth.
  6. Please come back to this post at least weekly because I could be shifting, editing, adding, subtracting things as time goes along with each WEEK as outlined below. Just a good way to keep you in the loop. 
  7. And, if you haven’t signed up for my newsletter, please do. I’ll be sending information that way too over the next 30 days. You can sign up at the HOME PAGE where it says, ‘Join the Tribe’! 
  8. As you participate in this challenge, please share your baby steps, progress, and more on your Instagram feed. TAG me @allyskitchen. And, be sure to use our hashtag, #AllysSkinHealthChallenge
  9. Good things should be shared! Hey, we’re all in this together. We lift each other, Cheer for each other. Make each other better. Inspire each other. So, please, share and show your support for your fellow peeps! 

How Can I Make my Skin Look Healthier

Can we have better skin. You’re darn tootin’ we can! 

Healthy skin is more than just your face and neck. It’s your body’s largest organ, and we can do things to preserve our skin’s glow, vibrancy, elasticity, and more!

Does Eating Better Make Your Skin Look Better

Skincare is not just what you do on the outside, but what goes inside your body makes huge differences. 

During this 30-day challenge we’re going to be looking at skin healthy foods. 

We’ll be talking about skin healthy vitamins and supplements. 

Best Practices for Healthy Skin

Part of the 30-day challenge will also include bringing in experts. Folks that I know who are experts in their fields. 

For instance, what impact does menopause have on skin health. How do hormones affect skin health. Yes, while I don’t have all the expertise, knowledge and answers, I have access to some pretty impressive experts who will share with us their knowledge. 

Skincare Tips and Tricks

There are things that we’ll do daily during this 30-day healthy skin challenge. And, we’ll build on these daily things. Each week or every few days, we’ll add new things to do. 

I don’t want it to be overwhelming for you. Do what you can. Do what makes you comfortable. Just remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day, and it takes time for the body to adjust to and show improvements when starting new practices. 

Best Foods for Skin

Foods are essential to beautiful skin. That’s the bottom line. And, we’ll learn which foods we need to be snacking on, eating, infusing in our diets. 

Healthy Skin Tips for Face

I’m a huge proponent of good skincare products. And, my skincare routine is pretty simple and easy. However, it’s based on science, not hype and marketing. 

For more about my morning and evening skincare routines and the products that I use, yes, that I know make a huge difference in my skin texture, glow, radiance, pores, elasticity and more, check out these posts: 

The Best Bedtime Skincare Routine

Tips for Great Skin

The Best Morning Skincare Routine

Ally’s Skincare Products

Tips to Keep Face Healthy and Glowing

Besides a healthy diet, top-notch skincare products, and other factors that help to keep your face healthy and glowing, we can’t overlook the impact of stress in our worlds. Grabbing the harness of stressors is going to be big in overall health and in your skin’s health. 

Healthy Skin Diet

So what’s our 30-day challenge like? Well, here’s the outline of the next four weeks or 30 days. Hey, it’s subject to change. Nothing’s cast in stone. 

And, please remember, you can start anytime. Just make that commitment to go the distance!  Share with your peeps. It’s all a matter of incorporating into our lifestyles as many of these healthy habits as we can! 

We’re all in this together. I put out an ‘APB’ of sorts on IG Stories about doing this 30-day healthy skin challenge for 2023, and ya’ll responded unequivocally, YES, let’s do it! I’m in! I know because you all sent me emails via my Contact here at the website! 

Disclaimer#1:
Please please please remember, everyone has their own issues with health, ailments, conditions and foods, so if you’re part of this challenge and can’t do something because of these factors, then don’t! And, remember, I’m not a nutritionist, skin care expert, medical anything. I’m relying upon other experts, plus my own best practices for nearly 73 years now. 
Disclaimer #2:
My goal is to do one IG Live weekly for our tribe of skin health warriors! Please check your IG Stories and my IG feed for updates. Sometimes I have to be a ‘pantser’ which means I fly by the seat of my pants. That’s because i have so many spinning plates in my life. Sorry, but at 73, it is what it is and I’ll do my best to give you advance notice. 

Week 1:

Let’s incorporate known basics daily into our routine that are associated with good health and skin health.

Here’s what I’m suggesting you do. These are things that I practice. And, if you miss a day, don’t beat yourself up. Jump back on the soul train the next day. 

  • Drink at least 4-8 (8 ounce) glasses of water daily.
  • Sip one 8 ounce cup of bone broth daily. 
  • Use code ALLYSKITCHEN at checkout for 20% off the best bone broth out there! 
  • Sip one 8 ounce cup of organic green tea daily. Not sure which green tea to try, check some of my suggestions at my Amazon Storefront. Sweeten with honey, maple syrup, coconut sugar or nothing. 
  • Try to incorporate about one-quarter cup of nuts/seeds into your daily ‘snacking’ They’s full of Omega 3 fatty acids and BFFs for our skin (and hair!), 
  • Incorporate one ounce (that’s a little less than about 1/4 cup) of nuts/seeds into your daily diet (almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, pistachios, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, walnuts, pecans). Roasting vs. raw nuts? Check out this article from Healthline. Low temperature and short time roasting is preferred and if using an oil, use coconut oil. 
  • If you smoke, ‘try’ to stop. 
  • Start doing at least 15-30 minutes of exercise/day, walking, biking, swimming, hiking, climbing steps, yoga, just whatever you can do based upon your own unique physical conditions. 
  • Sleep. So important to restorative health and your skin. 7-9 hours nightly. I stick by this rule. Yes, very important to get your ‘beauty sleep’! 

Please know that each week builds on the other. You’ll continue to do Week 1 activities through the 30-day challenge, then add on week 2 through challenge, etc. etc. Make sense? 

Remember you can email me [email protected] if you have questions. 

Week 2:

OK, time to ramp up and increase your exercise time! Try to get at least 30 minutes/4-5 times weekly! Don’t forget ‘incidental’ exercise like taking the steps instead of an escalator or elevator (if you can!), parking a few extra steps from the entrance to wherever you’re going (focus on safety!). Look for those small things because collectively these incidentals add up!

We’ll be talking about foods that are known to be good for skin health. Foods that you need to incorporate into your diets weekly. 

If you can’t ingest certain foods/ingredients, then you modify and adapt. It’s much like a yoga class, you do what your body can do. You improvise!

Here are the foods that make the A+ list!

  • Eggs
  • Salmon
  • Tuna
  • Berries
  • Red Grapes
  • Broccoli
  • Kiwi
  • Chocolate (70%+ cacao)
  • Cantaloupe
  • Carrots
  • Mango
  • Sardines
  • Watermelon
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Pomegranate
  • Beans
  • Tofu
  • Fatty Fish
  • Soy
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Bell Peppers
  • Tomatoes
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Avocados
  • Olive Oil
  • Leafy Green Vegetables
  • Whole Grains
  1. So, in week 2, we’re adding something to our daily eating. Raw veggies and fruits! You may already be doing this. Kudos to you!
  2. Yes, about 1/3 to 1/2 cup daily. Veggies that are great for our skin health: carrots, bell peppers, tomatoes (I like the cherry tomatoes), cantaloupe, watermelon, mango, broccoli, red grapes, berries, avocados. 
  3. The second thing we’ll do in week 2, increase our activity to about 30 minutes at least several days a week! If you can do something every day, or say 6/days/week, then I’m super impressed!! 

Remember that you’ll continue this through the balance of the 30 days along with what we’ve started in week one! I know, I know, lots of remember!! 

TIP: At the beginning of the week, chop/prepare a bag of veggies/fruits, put in a container, store in your refrigerator’s crisper, then pull out and put your about half cup in a bowl and munch on throughout the day! 

Week 3:

We’ll be talking about vitamins and supplements for skin health. You can get these important nutrients via food and also with add ons. 

A few that I use that support my skin health are from PaleoValley:

Again, every body is unique and different. You do your own research and due diligence regarding supplements, vitamins. 

Week 4: 

Factors that can negatively affect your skin health. 

Is ‘beauty sleep’ a myth?

The crucial importance of movement and exercise! 

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103 Comments

  1. Brenda White says:

    I’m in! Thank you!

    1. Brenda! Excellent! We’re all going to be better and healthier after these 30 days xoxx ally

  2. Elsa Vidrio says:

    Hi Ally,
    I’m in!!

    1. Elsa!! Awesome, luv! Together we’ll all see some positive changes in not only our skin but our health! xoxx ally

    1. Elisa, Welcome, luv! Guzzle that water! And, we start our raw veggies this upcoming week! xo ally

  3. Jeri Dubec says:

    Hi Ally!

    I am in! Love all of the good info.

    1. Jeri! Thank you thank you! Isn’t it great to be among strong committed folks who want a challenge that makes us all better! xoxx ally

  4. Lisa Marshall says:

    Hi Ally! I’m in and excited!! Starting this week! Thank you for providing this for us! ❤️🥰

    1. Lisa, my luv, I’m so so glad you’re in! Stay strong. It’s a challenge that will make you better in so many ways, luv xoxx ally

  5. Donna, NC says:

    Yes, Ally I’m in!

    1. So so glad you’re here, Ann! We’ll all cheer each other on!! xox ally

  6. Yes Alley I am in!!! Can’t wait to see some results 😊

    1. Me, too, Penny! And, we’ll all see good things happen, like simply feeling better! xoxx ally

  7. I’m in, excited to get started. Thank you so much Ally for caring & sharing this.

    1. Jackie! So glad you’re here, and we’re all in for the long haul. We’ll see good things happen xoxx ally

  8. Yes Ally I’m in!🙌
    Thank you for doing this for all of us! I know it takes so many hrs out of your day. We all appreciate it!❤️

    1. Oh, Brenda, thank you so so much for acknowledging this fact. I love doing it b/c of all these beautiful comments and folks that are making the commitment. We all will benefit! xoxx ally

  9. I’m in!! Thank you for doing this❤️

    1. Therese! Together we’re powerful! And, w/all these positive things, how can we not feel better! xoxx ally

  10. Thanks so much for doing this, Ally! I’ve been in since day one and loving the results so far. It’s like a gentle push to take better care of ourselves. xo

    1. Gail! What a beautiful way to express this challenge, a gentle push to take better care of ourselves I love it xoxx ally

  11. Denise Minor says:

    I’m in it too! I usually drink one cup of coffee every morning before work, but now I’ve added a cup of Matcha tea as well! (Otherwise I wouldn’t get it in) I’m drinking my cup of bone broth at night after work. You’re wonderful Ally!
    👍🏻😊💕

    1. Denise! Wonderful! We all come up w/our own routines and systems, and now we’re in week 2! I’m so so glad you’re here! xoxx ally

  12. Yes Ally I am in! I have added green tea and bone broth to my daily routine. Thanks for your motivation!!

    1. Debbie! Wonderful, you’re spot on, and this week we add those raw veggies. Don’t forget the nuts and seeds (well, if that works for you, luv). xoxx ally

  13. hi Ally ~ so happy to be a part of your skin challenge. I appreciate you starting this program. Thank you for thinking of all of us.🥰

    1. Jodi! I’m so happy you’re here. As another person said, this challenge is a gentle nudge to take better care of yourself. xoxx ally

  14. I’m doing it Ally! The skin challenge, drinking so much more water, using bone broth in my recipes and starting my mornings with green tea…still trying to drink the bone broth 🙂

    1. Lina, put a pinch of salt and pepper in your bone broth luv. Sometimes I’ll add a tad of cajun seasoning! I also like my tepid. We’re all going to get better! xoxx ally

    1. Yayyyyyyyyyy! So glad you’re here, Mary! xoxx ally

  15. I’m in! Love watching you every day! I’ve learned so much! Thank you!!!

    1. Jackie! You make my heart sing! Thank you, luv! So glad you’re here. xoxx ally

  16. I’m In! Going to do my best to keep it going!

    1. That’s the spirit, Jodi! One day at a time! xoxx ally

  17. I’m in for the challenge 😊

    1. There you go, Diana, the commitment! Let’s do this! xoxx ally

  18. Anonymous says:

    Hi mama ally I am doing the skincare challenge I also have my friend and my mom which is 80 years old doing it with me

    1. Oh, gracious! Bring it on! thank you for including your friend and your sweet Mama! Keep me posted! xoxx ally

  19. Okay, I’ve got all my new skincare stuff and using the bone broth and more green veggies! Now, do you use One Skin moisturizer under the Proven moisturizer or do you use them on separate days?

    1. Hey T!! Can’t wait to see you in a couple of weeks! Use the OS-O1 (One Skin) before applying your Proven day moisturizer/night cream. It’s a powerful cell rebuilder w/the OS-O1 peptide targeting the root cause of cell aging at the molecular level. Here’s an interesting article on it:
      https://www.usmagazine.com/shop-with-us/news/oneskin-os-01-topical-supplement-anti-aging-treatment/ I know you drink LOTS of water, and don’t forget your green tea. Hope you’re up and about a bit more. Miss you, dear sister oxxx

      1. I love Proven! The packaging was so special and included some spa items as the monthly gifts, and the silver containers look great on my bathroom vanity. But most importantly, the products feel so good on my skin; not greasy but smooth. This is the first eye cream that doesn’t make my eye makeup smear. A winner!!

        1. Tresa! What a wonderful first response to Proven Skincare. I concur on all those points. I’ve been using now almost a year and can definitely see changes in my skin (vibrancy, sparkle, fine lines, texture, elasticity). Isn’t it just so cool that your skincare is formulated to YOUR skin’s needs! Not a one size fits all. And, yep, those little goodies are so fun! I’m working with the folks at PS to join me in an IG Live. Sure hope you can make it and chime in. I’ll see you when I return to the ‘hood!!xoxx love ya

    2. Yes Ally I’ve been in learning something new all the time in my 68 years. Bone broth eating my walnut’s and almonds and lots of water. ❤️

      1. Deborah! You’re gonna see some benefits I’m sure! With all these healthy things we’re doing, we have to all benefit! xoxx ally

  20. Hello Ally, what a great idea! I’m looking forward to participating in your 30 day challenge with you and your group.

    Bring it on! 👍🥰

    1. Melinda! I’m soooooooooooo glad you’re throwing your hat in the ring! We’ll all benefits in ways we’ll never expect. And, together we all become more cognizant of the needs of and loving of our beautiful skin! xoxx ally

  21. Cheryl Cabebe says:

    Excited to start and learn new things!!

    1. Hi, Cheryl! I’m so glad you’re throwing your hat in the ring! We’ll all learn a great deal. If you haven’t seen my IG Live, please jump over to my IG Profile page and you’ll see it pinned to the top. It focuses on the impact of yoga on overall skin health. You’re gonna love making small changes that are so good for our bodies!! xoxx ally

  22. Hi Ally! I am excited for the healthy skin challenge. You are so fun to watch and always inspire me to live a healthy life! Will do my best!!

    1. Vicki! You’re already a star just jumping in and doing this! All that we do will move the needle to more healthy, vibrant and glowing! Welcome my sweet skin warrior! xoxx ally

  23. Hi! Thanks for doing this I’m going to give it my best!!!

    1. Deanna! You’re going to do awesome! Anything you do is going to make you better, so have fun w/it, know that you’re helping YOU and who knows you just might see some subtle changes in your whole self! xoxx ally

  24. I absolutely love my skincare / haircare routine its also backed by science but I love the idea of helping it from the inside out. I will also try this as its doesn’t seem too hard and I have the goods – ie kettle n fire, fresh fruits and veggies. This will be fun!

    1. Kelley! It so awesome to have great products that you believe in, so you’re all set. Yes, our skin has to be nourished and pampered from the inside out. So glad you’re throwing your hat into the ring. Nothing to lose other than better health and skin! xoxx ally

  25. I’m going to give this a mighty good try!
    Ally, will this help with thinning hair as well?
    Your hair always looks so pretty and shiny.
    😊

    1. Suzanne! You’ll do it, girl! You’re a warrior. Do what you can. Hey, just incorporating things outlined in weeks one and two will be better for your overall healthy, skin, hair, nails, gut, and more. Be sure to tune into my IG LIVE on Wednesday January 11. I’ll have an expert on and she’ll be talking about hormones, change of life, menopause and how it affects our skin and more. xoxx ally

  26. Brenda Rees says:

    This sounds like an easy enough thing to do. I have Rosacea and have learned that sugar is a major trigger for breakouts. Also am getting crepey skin so hope maybe this will help some. I know I don’t drink enough plain water so that will be my challenge.

    1. Brenda! So so glad you’re in. Yes, sugar is a cuprit that does ‘age’ us. So good that you curb it as much as possible. That crepey skin is a real devil, but we can do things to mitigate, but never stop or reverse, I think. And, for sure, down the water as much as you can. A good rule of thumb is that when you potty (sorry but there’s no delicate way to say it) your urine should be almost clear! xoxx ally

  27. Thank you!!! You are an inspiration!!! I’m in, we have to remember to take of ourselves. Something that I forget. Working on it…
    Love the info; 21 days for a habit, 90 days for a lifestyle change. Xoxo Janis

    1. Janis, you’re so so right. As women, we forget that we need to take care of ourselves. In fact, those were my dear mom’s last words to us girls (3 sisters) as she was passing, ‘Take care of yourselves.’ It takes time to inculcate these changes into our everyday existence, so these first 21 to 30 days are very important. We all have each other!! So glad you’re in! xoxx ally

  28. Sounds great. Look forward to the great information. Thanks!!

    1. Deanna! You’re so very welcome! So glad you’re in. It’s going to be a lot of fun and we’ll all support each other. xoxx ally

  29. Virginia Spolverino says:

    I’m really excited to try this with you I will do the best I can !!

    1. Virginia! Half the battle just go accomplished when you said ‘I’m in!’ You’re going to rock this 30 days of fun! xoxx ally

    1. Terrie! Awesome! You’re a skin warrior! xoxx ally

  30. Kim Lyftogt says:

    Excited to join you!

    1. Kim!

      I’m so glad you’re on the soul train! It’s gonna be fun plus we’re all here for each other xoxx ally

  31. Sheila Nichols says:

    So excited for the New Year and New Me!

    1. Sheila!! So glad you’re here! You bet it’s gonna be a new you! It’s so great to achieve a ‘challenge’ we set for ourself. For me, it’s power! xoxx ally

    1. Gigi!! So glad you’re in, luv! Hey, we’re all rooting for each other to feel better and to see some beautiful improvements in our skin! xoxx ally

    2. Kelly schulte says:

      Hi Ally
      This is a great motivation for me ! Stuck in 12 feet of Snow in Minnesota!
      It gives me something to look forward to everyday! Other than waiting for green grass!
      Appreciate You 💗

      1. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh, dear Kelly! Yes, yes, this will help the snow melt, too! And, when that grass starts greening, your skin will be glowing, too! I appreciate you, angel xoxx ally

  32. I am on board for a better ME with YOU!!! A great start to 2023 :))

    1. Lina, you bet, luv! We’re all rootin’ for each other. Better skin mean more glow and sparkle to our lives! xoxx ally

  33. You’ve convinced me…I’m in! I may not be able to do everything, but anything is a positive change!

    1. Laura, my luv, now that’s the attitude and spirit! Anything you do consistently over time is going to be an improvement!! xoxx ally

  34. Anonymous says:

    Yahoo!! It’s going to be a great year! I’m so excited to learn from you! 😊

    1. Awesome beans, and I’m sooooooooooo glad you’re here! WE’ll all learn from each other. What a fun adventure we’re in store for! xoxx ally

  35. I am in. Many people ask me advice on skincare. I use a combination of Sea-el products along with some Clinique products too. I use Philosophy bath gel and Cerave body products too. I’m also 73. I have always taken good care of my skin. My mother knew the importance of skin care and started teaching me how to have beautiful skin from the time I was 5. Both my sons take good care of their skin too. None of us have had acne or pimple issues.

    1. Michelle! You have a heads up and a lead on great skincare that most don’t. Your Mom did you a huge favor early on. You’re very fortunate, and your sons, too! So glad you’re here and we’ll all cheer for each other! xoxx ally

      1. MIchelle Orkin says:

        Thanks Ally❤️❤️

        1. Michelle! I’m so glad you’re in w/us! Thank YOU! xoxx ally

  36. Connie Nikssarian says:

    I really want to try this. I’ve never done anything like this before but at 67 I really want to do something that can help my skin and overall health.

    1. Connie! That’s so great! You’re halfway there just by jumping in and being part of the challenge. Be sure to share your thoughts, pictures and experiences on social media. And, please, tag me! I’m so glad you’re here. Hope everything makes sense, luv xoxx ally

  37. Lise Laperriere says:

    I’m in and very excited !!!!!

    1. Lise! I am, too! Everyone will be accountable to themselves. We do what we can with what we have and just jumping on board is being halfway there!! xoxx ally

  38. Please talk about hair when talking about skin care – I’m your age, Ally, and have recently been struggling with thinning hair in the front ( around forehead temples). I color my hair and probably always will. I do put a scoop of collagen in my coffee, most days. Just wondering if you could add hair care advice to the aging ladies!

    1. Hi, Shelley! I’m going to be inviting some experts in for our IG Lives, so we possibly could address that thinning hair and hair loss in one of these sessions, luv. So glad you’re here! xoxx ally

  39. Diana Gail Farless says:

    Excited to do this with you!

    1. Diana! I’m sooooooooo excited you’re on board, luv! We’ll all be glowing together! xox ally

    1. Robin! You’re a warrior! Welcome, my luv! Be sure to share on your social media! xoxx ally

      1. I’m in, you motivated me to start yoga again and I love it!

        1. Melanie!!I’m soooooooooo excited for you! I’m telling you after 30 days, you’re gonna feel like a million bucks! Keep up that yoga! xoxx ally

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