We all want that radiant glow that emanates from within. To achieve that radiant glow, you’ve got to look after the inside, as much as the outside. It takes time, effort, patience, exercise, eating habits to be followed and great skincare products to be used. What you put into your body is just as important as what you put on your skin. At the end of the day, you are what you eat. Here are some tips for achieving healthy skin that has that radiant natural #glow, from the inside.
The top layer of our skin is made up of 80% water. Sweating is our body’s natural detoxification flush so if you become dehydrated this is reflected in dry, tired looking skin. Aside from sun protection, water should be your skin’s BFF. Find water a tad boring? Try adding frozen berries, cucumber, or lemon to your water for some pizzazz, which also helps to neutralise your skin. You can even make your own flavoured water by infusing fruit and herbs in water overnight. You’ll notice that when you eat more natural, water-rich plant foods, your body becomes hydrated from those foods, as well as receiving vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, which means you don’t need to drink as much water. Remember, your skin’s bae is water.
2. Plant-based eating
Want super smooth skin? The best thing you can do starts with your fork. Our skin is a reflection of what we feed it, #skinfood. The right forms of fat can help to deliver vitamins that are important for our skin, such as Vitamin A and Vitamin D. Our skin glows from the inside out. Eat a rainbow of fresh fruit and vegetables, nuts, seeds and legumes, daily if you can. Beautiful skin begins with fruit and vegetables that are hydrating for our skin, and full of antioxidants and phytochemicals. Eat as close to nature as you can, get those greens on your plate, or smoothie cup.
Nourish and hydrate the skin by loading up on Omega-3 fats, which you can find in walnuts, and flaxseed oil. A good balance of omega fatty acids helps skin to be smooth and soft, and by avoiding the processed fats you can avoid the accelerate ageing that those bad fats promote.
Acne that is focused on the cheeks, chest or back can be a tell-tale sign that your gut is unhappy about something that you’re eating that is irritating your digestion and your gut. Our bodies and dairy are frenemies, especially if you struggle with acne. Did you know that consuming milk products has been shown to disrupt bowel function, throw your hormones out of balance and upset your gut and immune system? This creates toxicity and shows up on your skin in the form of unwanted pimples and inflammation. Consider ditching dairy altogether.
Keep your sweet tooth in check. Sugar creates inflammation which can lead to signs of premature ageing and disrupts your body’s hormonal balance which can aggravate acne. Ain’t nobody got time for that.
- Include these fats:Avocado, fresh nuts and seeds, olives, olive oil, flaxseed, edamame, and coconut oil.
- Don’t include these fats:Hydrogenated, processed or trans fats/oils, non-cold pressed vegetable or seed oils, deep-fried foods cooked in vegetable oil, bakery goods.
Hydrate your skin and leave it glowing with a concoction of cucumber, aloe vera, coconut juice, lemongrass and pineapple. Make sure your juice is mostly vegetables with just a bit of fruit to help with flavour. Why not add cucumbers, which are great for under-eye puffiness, or kale, a powerful antioxidant. Throw in a little lime, or lemon for hydration and ginger as an anti-inflammatory. These foods will deliver hydration and skin-nourishing and rejuvenating fats, vitamins, and minerals.
4. Skincare regime
Natural, plant-based skincare products allow you to feed and infuse your skin with a cocktail of the vitamins and minerals. Swap chemicals for nutrient-dense nut oils, butters and plant extracts that not only hydrate your skin, but also work to repair skin damage.
The combination of Mother Nature’s natural and vegan ingredients are beneficial for anyone with dry or sensitive skin, or those prone to redness. The minimal processing allows the final product to retain the integrity of the key nutrients, which help to fight free radicals and inflammation for naturally smooth, glowing skin.
Start with a basic skincare routine utilising the following products:
- Cleanse- Purified: Purifying Cleanser, packed with a cocktail of antioxidant-rich green tea, this herbaceous cleanser purifies and deeply cleanses to remove daily dirt and toxins, keeping your pores fresh and clean.
- Tone- Harmony: Radiance Boosting Toner, an alcohol-free toner packed with fruit AHA's that work harmoniously to dissolve dead skin cells while white willow bark unclogs congested pores by banishing impurities and excess oil.
- Moisturise (oily skin): Sol: Hydrating Gel Moisturiser, blended with soothing colloidal oatmeal, amino-rich watermelon, hydrating hyaluronic acid and anti-ageing CoQ10, this moisturiser instantly permeates into skin to nourish and deeply hydrate.
- Moisturise (dry skin): Luna Vitality: Restoring Moisture Cream, infused with a powerful array of deeply hydrating oils, butters, Vitamin B5 and hyaluronic acid, it works to brighten your complexion, deeply hydrate, fight signs of ageing and protect skin from free radical damage while you sleep.
5. Get a little exercise
A bit of regular exercise works wonders to increasing blood flow through circulation. Exercise helps to nourish skin cells by carrying the oxygen and nutrients in your blood stream to working cells throughout the body, including the skin. In addition to providing oxygen, blood flow also helps carry away waste products, including free radicals. Exercise also assists to negate the effects of stress by burning off our major stress hormone cortisol. Try a combination of weight training, yoga and pilates. But the best exercise is doing what makes you feel good and what you enjoy.
Ever notice that the a bad day (or, let’s be real, a week) is followed by an outbreak of vicious red pimples? Yet when you’re on holidays, all chilled out in a relaxed zone, your skin looks naturally glowing? If you have, you’re not imagining things because stress impacts your skin’s health. Stress can affect the state of your gut and can make your hormones go out of whack. While it may not be achievable to take away the sources of stress, you can do things that reduce the burden stress plays on your body:
- Practice mediation, even if it’s only for just a minute with your eyes closed
- Get some time outdoors
7. Look after your gut flora
Gut health is very important for healthy glowing skin. If the bacteria in your gut is out balance, you’ll be prone to developing skin conditions. Consider taking a vegan probiotic or support your gut flora with fermented foods? Probiotics and fermented foods can absorb toxins in the gut and help to move them out of your body so that their negative impact doesn’t show up on your skin.