Love Your Skin - On The Inside And Out

Love Your Skin - On The Inside And Out

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Drinking water is one of the easiest ways that you can look after your skin. Water is hydrating, and it flushes out toxins and transports nutrients throughout the body, helping with detoxification and the reduction of fatigue. Our body is made up of up to 60% water, so it is essential to drink enough each day. To find the right amount of water for you, the formula is: 0.033 litres per kg of your body weight i.e. if you weigh 60kg you should be drinking 2 litres per day. Caffeine can be dehydrating, so consider reducing your caffeine consumption. If the thought of giving up your coffee is too terrible to consider, perhaps start supplementing each cup of coffee with 2 glasses of water or herbal tea.

Reduce your stress - breathe

We all have stressors in our lives. Long term stress can enhance the ageing process and take away the glow from our skin. Whatever your stress is, take at least 5 minutes each day to relax and reflect on how you are feeling. When we are stressed we tend to take short, shallow breaths which further contributes to our feelings of stress. Take a deep breath from the diaphragm, focus on each breath and give yourself time to regenerate. 

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Eat real food

If you are already consuming a whole food diet, you may be giving your skin many of the crucial nutrients it needs for good health without even realising it! Carrots are packed with Vitamin A which helps to prevent the overproduction of cells, reducing symptoms of dry, flaky skin and clogged pores. Capsicum, kiwifruit and citrus fruit is packed with Vitamin C, an antioxidant essential for collagen and elastin production crucial for young looking skin. Nuts and seeds are filled with another antioxidant, Vitamin E, which can reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and reduce damage caused by sun exposure. Sunflower and pumpkin seeds are high in zinc, a nutrient that when deficient may cause acne. Spinach is packed with folate, which helps cells to renew themselves; and bananas, brown rice and eggs are filled with biotin, a B Vitamin which forms the basis of our skin, hair and nails. 

Reduce Inflammation

If your skin is dry, prone to inflammation or frequently filled with blackheads or white heads, you may be deficient in essential fatty acids. Omega 3 fatty acids from fish oil can help to reduce redness, irritation and erase fine lines. Omega 6 fatty acids found in evening primrose oil can help to moisture the body from the inside out, keeping the cell wall supple so that water can penetrate it. We have not forgotten to mention sugar! The sweet white stuff not only robs the body of nutrients but is pro-inflammatory and can disrupt the hormonal balance, aggravating acne and causing premature ageing. 

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Exercise, exercise, exercise

Unlike the heart, the lymphatic system does not have a pump and relies on the movement of your body to keep it flowing. When the lymphatic system is congested, waste can build up in the tissue of our body and cause rashes, blemishes and irritations. Keep your lymphatic system moving with movement such as walking, swimming, running, yoga or Pilates.

Alkalise your diet

 Our blood is naturally a balance of alkaline and acidity. Being predominantly alkaline is ideal for optimal health with less acidity present. What you consume each day has a significant effect on the blood pH and your body needs to work very hard to keep it at the right level. Water-dense vegetables and some fruit are alkaline, whereas grains, meat and dairy are acidic. Increasing green leafy vegetables in your diet will support optimal blood pH and reduce the load on your body, so that it can focus on supporting you in other ways. 

Support your gut

Unless your body is absorbing the nutrients it needs, your skin won’t glow the way that it should. For optimal nutrient absorption your digestive system must have enough hydrochloric acid to break down food. Consuming apple cider vinegar in a salad dressing or adding a dash of lemon in warm water before meals will help give your gut the support it needs. 

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The largest organ in the body, our skin looks after us in more ways than what we may realise. It cools us when we are too hot, heals wounds and protects us from harsh chemicals and drying winds. Our skin absorbs sunlight which benefits our immune system, liver function and feelings of wellbeing. The skin does all of this, yet one of the most common complaints we hear, is about our skin. Our skin needs our support so that it not only survives but that it thrives, making us look and feel our best. Next time you notice that your skin is looking dry, you find a blemish or a wrinkle, ask yourself what your skin may be asking from you. Love the skin you’re in, by showing love for yourself from the inside out.

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