Your skin is a window into what is going on inside your body. If your body is suffering, it is likely that your skin is showing the effects of that. People often tell me my skin is nice and my beautiful beauty expert Simona from Simona Barta Aesthetics (next door neighbours to our studio) was telling me how good my collagen is for my age. Personally, I put it down to the food I eat, exercise, good sleep, nourishing my skin and having a regular facial and red-light therapy. Well, that is what I think and JC has beautiful skin too (he’d likely be a little embarrassed by my saying so but he does!).
Like anything I believe that it takes a bit of thought and effort when we are looking after ourselves, whether it is our teeth and going to the dentist, our eyes and having regular checks, our nutrition, our fitness or our mental health. The answer lies within you to actively look after yourself and with some things we need support outside to help, kind of like how we are here for you and your fitness!
So on to our skin – our body is one unit, when you take care of what is going on inside — taming the chaos, supporting a healthy gut, balancing out your immune system and outside effects such as minimising the effects of pollution and our harsh sun, your skin will follow suit.
Here are some simple food switches & ideas that can help clear up skin imperfections and keep your complexion youthful and glowing!
- Stay hydrated – if you know me well, I am big on this, your body thrives when properly hydrated, and your skin is no exception. Staying hydrated will help to flush out the toxins that could be building up and causing breakouts, irritations and even wrinkles. Green tea is full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory components so add this to your daily hydration.
- Nutrition – Low GI carbohydrates and protein in each meal. Fruits, vegetables, dark leafy greens, berries, (Fresh, local, organic where possible) – or as some say eating the rainbow.
- Sugar – excess sugar is literally an enemy to our skin. Did you realise foods that raise your blood sugar levels also cause wrinkles? Dermatologists have coined this the “sugar sag.”
- Preservatives, artificial sweeteners, fried foods – bad on so many levels!
- Essential fatty acids – especially Omega-3.
- Key Vitamins – Vitamin A – protects against damage from pollution, critical for skin repair, Vitamin C – antioxidant and a part of manufacturing collagen, Vitamin E – antioxidant that inhibits free radicals and cell damage.
- Zinc– involved in the reduction of free radicals, DNA reproduction, and maintenance of cell membrane integrity.
- Ubiquinone or Coenzyme Q10 – a powerful antioxidant which functions in the mitochondria, when cells age their ability to produce energy can also decline, often found in supplements but may assist if applied on skin.
- Botanicals – as Aloe Vera, Arnica, Tea Tree Oil, Lavender, Honey & propolis and Arnica are known for wound healing/ bruising, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and anti-bacterial effects.
- Red Light Therapy – love this and personally think it works on our skin beautifully.
- And of course, EXERCISE! Getting up our heart rate and a sweat helps move the toxins from within.
So, do your skin (& body) a favour, drink lots of water, eat well, move well, and seek advice if you’re not sure.
If you have any question, please do not hesitate to contact us.