Everyone loves having clear, beautiful, glowing skin but so many people struggle to maintain this. Our skin completely regenerates its outer layer every 28 days. This is good news for us, it means that we have the chance to nourish and feed our bodies with good nutrients (vitamins and minerals) which will in turn promote healthy cell growth.
"You are what you eat" , right?
The food that we put in to our body, is what our cells grow on and what they use to repair damage and degeneration. Make sure you're feeding it what it needs.
What we put inside our bodies is just as important as what we use on our skin externally.
If somebody's got beautiful skin, it invites us to a deeper understanding as to what is going on inside their body." David Wolfe
Good looking skin and a well functioning gut go hand in hand. If your gut health is poor, your digestion won't be working at an optimal level, which means that your body won't be able to absorb and utilise the nutrients from the food. (Find more information and advice on digestion here.)
So that is my first and number one tip for you to get great looking skin:
- Take a GOOD probiotic - getting back to the basics is so important, this will restore your gut health and help to replenish all the good bacteria.
There are plenty of other simple, natural and inexpensive things we can try to get our skin glowing again. Some of my favourites are listed below:
- The obvious one: drinking plenty of filtered water every day. I can't stress this enough, so many people are so dehydrated without even knowing it. Water helps us to remove waste and detox.
- Starting the day with warm lemon water: this aids digestion and is great for your liver (detoxifying)
- Good fats: these are essential for healthy looking skin. Try adding the following to your breakfast muesli or to your salad - nuts (walnuts, brazil nuts, pecan nuts. almonds and hazelnuts) and seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, chia, linseeds, flaxseeds, sesame seeds), olive oil, fish and avocado. It might be worth considering an omega supplement or even an evening primrose oil.
- Eggs: for biotin and amino acids, which make proteins. The yoke contains a lot of the nutrients, so it is important to not only have the egg whites, or we miss out on all the goodness.
- Antioxidants: raw fruits and veg, especially berries (mainly blueberries), tomatoes, papaya and sweet potato. Antioxidants protect us from oxidative stress and free radicals and we could all use some more. Try avoid very acidic foods and aim to become more alkaline.
- Cucumber: this is really hydrating for the skin.
- Silica: this is advertised for hair skin, nails and joints because it is great for the collagen fibres, which affect elasticity in the skin. The gel form is best, as it is the most easily absorbed. Silica tends to 'push everything out' from under your skin, so if you have any blind pimples or pimples just below the surface of your skin, they might all come out at once. Keep going with the silica though, we don't want anything to be suppressed under there. Foods that are rich in silica (the beauty mineral) are cucumbers, celery, tomatoes, peppers and beetroot.
- Aloe vera water will help to cleanse your digestive system, which will in turn help clear your skin.
- Use a facial cleanser that has tea tree oil in it. Tea tree is an antibacterial and an anti fungal too. There is bacteria on our skin and this can sometimes be the cause of acne that simply will not go away.
- Cut down on refined foods from tins, jars or packets. Try to eat whole foods that are fresh and seasonal.
- Reduce the amount of alcohol and caffeine you are consuming.
- Dairy can often be the underlying cause of skin not clearing up. Try to cut down on dairy and see if it makes a difference for you.
- Reduce the amount of sugar in your diet. Do not add sugar to any food or drinks, there is already enough hidden sugar in a lot of the things we eat.
- Make sure you are getting enough sleep at night. This is your bodies time to rest and repair. Get to bed by 10pm if you can.
- Take note of how your skin changes depending on what time of the month it is, what season it is and which areas of your face tend to break out. Also, be aware of what helps your skin and what aggravates it and act accordingly.
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