Our skin is an outward reflection of our internal health. A healthy inside is necessary for a healthy outside.
STRESS and strain play a big role in skin health so it’s important to add things to your daily regime such as meditation, yoga and most importantly more good quality sleep and the right amount. Everyone is different and have different ways of managing stress. What works for one, may not work for another. Apart from these three stress busters I’ve listed above, the list is endless. Choose something that you can stick religiously to for your own life situation and that will benefit YOUR life.
DIET is crucial to healthy skin. A diet that’s rich in antioxidants and omega 3’s. Skin cells need nourishment to grow. Add more plant-based superfoods to your diet such as avocado, sweet potato, broccoli, dark leafy greens, carrots, tomatoes, olives, cucumber and the list goes on.
Fatty fish such as salmon and mackerel are rich sources of omega 3 fatty acids that help keep skin thick supple and moisturised. Walnuts are an excellent addition for skin health. They also contain omega 3 fatty acids, and have a good ratio of omega 3 to omega 6. Sunflower seeds are rich in nutrients and contain vitamin E which is an antioxidant for healthy skin. Steer clear of processed foods and sugar that will damage the gut. Vitamin C is a super antioxidant and is needed to produce collagen that strengthens the capillaries that supply the skin. Eat blueberries, kiwis, oranges, papaya and lemons for a vitamin C boost.
HEAL YOUR GUT. Underlying gut health issues can manifest on the skin as acne and eczema. A healthy microbiome will influence your skin health. Bone broth is a fantastic ancient healing food. It’s beneficial collagen makes it great for healing the skin and the gut. Fermented products like sauerkraut and kimchi are great ways to provide your microbiome with probiotics.
Kefir also contains beneficial probiotics lactobacillus acidophilus promoting a clear complexion. Ingesting yogurt that contains probiotics, such as acidophilus, can restore skin’s balance and maintain good bacteria. Coconut oil is great to use on your skin!
WATER. Drink enough water every day and keep hydrated as skin needs moisture to stay flexible. Drink 6-8 glasses of water a day. Don’t forget that some fruit and vegetables, such as watermelon, courgette and cucumber, also contribute fluids – the added benefit is that the minerals they contain will increase the rate you hydrate your body and skin.
SKIN CARE REGIME. With a finely tuned skin-care regimen you can reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, and sun damage. You can also quite effectively manage some more minor skin concerns, such as dryness or oiliness. It’s also a very nice part of self-care! Why not treat yourself to a facial 🙏