Beauty

Healthy skin from the inside out

 

Posted on April 16, 2014 by Laura

Do you struggle with your skin?

Whether its acne, drying, or premature aging, your skin health is a reflection of your inner health and what you eat really makes a difference.

 

Here are a few foods you can include to help improve the health and appearance of your skin:

1. Include plenty of oily fish such as salmon.
The omega 3 fats help to reduce inflammation, hydrate, and plump up skin cells promoting a clearer, smoother and more radiant appearance.

2. Eat plenty of foods rich in zinc such as almonds, brazil nuts, pecans, pine nuts, oysters and meat.
Low levels of zinc can be a contributing factor in acne and slow wound healing.

3. Eat a rainbow of fruit and vegetables every day to get anti-aging antioxidants and vitamins.
Vitamin C helps the body to produce collagen, and antioxidants fight the free radicals that cause premature aging.

4. Foods high in beta-carotene will help to prevent those unsightly red bumps on the backs of your arms.
Include sweet potato, carrots, mangoes, peaches and spinach.

5. Dehydration can cause dull, wrinkled skin and also reduces the body’s ability to detoxify.
Ensure you
drink plenty of pure water each day to promote clear, youthful skin.

6. Tomato, watermelon and grapefruit are high in a substance called Lycopene.
Lycopene has been shown to help protect the skin from UV damage as well as giving it a smoother appearance.

In general, if you aim for a diet full of fresh fruit and vegetables, oily fish, pure water and reduce processed, packaged, sugary foods you will be well on your way to improving your skin health.

 

Is Dry Skin Driving You Mad?

I would guesstimate that 80% of my patients complain about dry skin in winter. Until I ask the question, a lot of them have never made the link that they only get dry, itchy skin during the colder months.

Why so dry in winter?

There are a few contributing factors.

The most obvious being our tendency to make our homes very warm. This dry, warm air sucks the moisture right out of our skin.

Next there are the hot showers we stand under once or twice a day. I am also guilty of this, stepping out of the shower with a bright red glow all over!

And lastly, a lot of people forget to drink their daily quota of water in winter.

How can you make it through winter with beautiful supple skin?

Lets hit the obvious ones first:

1. Turn the heat down and/or go a few hours without the heater on. Put on a jumper and some slippers and have a cup of warm tea.

2. Turn the shower down! I struggle with this one so I spend my shower time alternating between hot and warm water to minimise the drying effect.

3. Keep your fluids up. I don’t recommend drinking cold water at any time of year, but especially in winter, have your water room temperature or slightly warm. Aim for two litres of pure water daily. If you really struggle then add a pot of herbal tea to the mix (caffeine free of course) to help boost the h2o intake.

And a couple more skin saving tips:

4. Dry skin brush before you shower. This will help to remove dead skin cells and it also gets your lymphatic circulation moving to help with detoxification and immune function.

5. Takea good quality fish oil or eat low heavy metal, oily fish 3-4 times a week. Omega 3 fats help to keep skin cells plump and healthy and reduce inflammation.

6. Use natural or organic moisturiser to help nourish the skin topically. I use organic coconut oil at night all over my face and body to re-hydrate my epidermis.

And next winter, start doing all of these things as soon as the cooler weather hits and you’ll prevent dry skin completely.