Healthy, vibrant, beautiful skin is not easy for everyone to achieve. It was once thought that a good skin care regime with fancy products was the answer to beautiful skin. It turns out, that many women using high-end skin care products are also purchasing foundations, concealers and powders to cover up their blemishes, pigmentation and uneven skin tone. We may look stunning with a thick layer of makeup, but this is not true beauty.
Imagine waking up in the morning, looking in the mirror and being completely happy with the way your skin looks. Healthy, hydrated, no dark circles around your eyes and ready to face the day with minimal or no makeup.
True beauty stems from confidence, and beautiful healthy skin along with a healthy body and mindset is in my opinion, the way to go.
Here is my list of 7 things we can all do to achieve a flawless complexion:
Gut health – You are what you eat! Colourful, fresh healthy food will improve your body’s ability to detoxify as well as generate healthy skin cells. Coffee, alcohol and packaged foods are by far the worst things we can consume. Every single mouthful of food and drink should be consumed with intent, with the objective of nourishing your body so that it can perform and regenerate at its best. The biggest issue here is that we don’t often think before we eat. Why did you need to eat chocolate after dinner? Why did you eat those biscuits when you know you have a food intolerance? If we plan our meals and snacks, just like we plan our day, it is much harder to make unhealthy decisions.
High quality natural skin care – Don’t put chemicals on your skin! It may feel nice, but what is it doing to you long term? Choose natural skin care products. It is quite scary to see some of the chemicals put into skin care brands of popular products.
Adequate hydration – So you have dull skin but you don’t like drinking water? Sorry, but just as your car needs fuel to drive, so to your body needs water for every biochemical function, even healthy skin. Without adequate water, our liver, kidneys and bowels cannot do their job. This can cause anything from high blood pressure to fatty liver disease, obesity, fatigue, chronic inflammation and bad skin.
Plentiful antioxidants – Does your plate look like a rainbow? Next time you look at your breakfast, lunch or dinner plate, check how many colours you have. A bowl of porridge can be ‘coloured’ up with fresh berries, apricots, almonds and pumpkin seeds. A dinner of rice and curry could have a side of beetroot, steamed broccoli and carrot sticks. Colourful food increases our antioxidant intake and our skin needs this.
Avoidance of sugar and preservatives – Do you recognise all the ingredients in your food? Turn the packet around. All those numbers and big words don’t sound natural, do they? Be careful with what you choose to eat. Preservatives, sugar and chemicals in food have been linked to many health problems and prevention is better than cure.
Being sun smart – UV rays damage our skin. Use sunscreen, keep out of the sun, wear a hat and sunglasses. Many of the wrinkles around our eyes are formed over time from squinting due to the sun. Dry, pigmented skin is difficult to improve when the damage is caused by the sun. Skin cancers are very common in Australia due to our harsh sun so please be careful.
Balanced hormones – Have you noticed pigmentation around the face increase as your hormones have changed? Peri-menopause and the change in hormones can often create dark patches on the skin. It is very important to see an Integrative Medicine Naturopath and have your hormones tested and corrected to improve hormonal pigmentation. This will also help hot flushes, insomnia and other menopausal symptoms.
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