March 3rd, 2017

Ready Steady Glow

10 top tips for natural, glowing skin


When it comes to our skin, we want it to look natural, fresh and glowy. And we want it NOW. However, as beauty really comes from within, to see the results we need to be patient and start from changing our diet first. Follow our top ten tips to see your natural glow sooner than you think!

Say no to sugar

It’s the hidden sugars in our food we need to watch out for. Always check the sugar content in sauces, bread, cereals, soups, yoghurts, dressings and most ‘low fat’ foods. Sugar not only contributes to hormonal imbalances, which can lead to spotty skin but it can also play a role in inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and rosacea.

But there is more damage that sugar can cause- it makes your skin lose its elasticity and plumpness. This is all down to a process called glycation. Glycation is the bonding between sugar and protein in the body, making proteins like collagen and elastin become less effective.


Go for ‘good’ fats

Make sure you have oily fish at least three times a week. These foods contain healthy fats which make the skin plump and supple. They can also help to balance your hormones, which can help prevent spots.

Are you a vegetarian? Avocado should be your ‘go to’ snack. Although avocado is relatively high in fat, the majority of this is healthy monounsaturated fat like that found in olive oil, and the omega-6 fatty acid linoleic acid, which are helpful for preventing moisture loss from the skin.


Treat yourself to a glass of red

Can a glass of red wine stop the ageing? Resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant, which can be found in the skin of red grapes, berries, cocoa and red wine, is produced in plants to defend them from invading microorganisms. It can not only protect you from damaging free radicals but it also boosts cell replication. By promoting a healthy, inflammatory response in our body it delays premature aging process.


Add serum to your skincare routine

Have you ever wondered what’s the whole hype around the serum? It's much more concentrated than your day or night cream, so you tend to only need a small amount to see results. Not sure which one to choose? Look for ones with antioxidants, which can fight harmful free radicals, such as our Hydrating Facial Serum with natural essential oils. Top tip: for best results, keep your serum in a fridge and apply to freshly washed skin to reduce any puffiness. Don’t forget to apply your moisturiser to add a protective shield and lock in hydration.


Spice it up with ginger

Ginger will make your skin glow. How? Ginger is a vasodilator, which stimulates circulation resulting in the delivery of more nutrients to the skin to make it glow.


Squeeze it green

Juices made with lots of fresh green vegetables are concentrated sources of nutrients, including many that can be beneficial to our skin. They contain minerals like calcium, magnesium and alkaloids, which help to alkalise the body, preventing it from becoming too acidic. Our body generally keeps a fairly stable acid-alkaline balance, but a slight over-acidity may be linked to skin eruptions or problems like eczema. Green juices are also rich in vitamin C, beta-carotene and other antioxidants including chlorophyll, the substance that produces the green pigment in plants.

Chlorella helps to improve circulation as well as skin firmness. It is also thought to make it more elastic - this is due to the toxin removal properties and the ability to remove fat deposits from the skin.


Get oaty!

Oats are a particularly rich source of biotin, a vitamin that is well known for its role in the health of our skin and hair. Oats are also high in gentle fibre, which helps to maintain a healthy digestive tract and bowel function. Healthy digestion is vital for our skin for two main reasons. Firstly, we need to digest foods properly for all those skin-loving nutrients to get into our body; and secondly, if we are not eliminating waste properly then excess toxins can circulate in the blood and may come out through the skin, in the sweat and sebum. The result may be skin rashes and other skin problems.


Forgotten mineral

Copper is required for the production of elastin, which forms part of connective tissue - an integral part of skin. It is also needed for normal skin pigmentation. Melanocytes make melanin, but only in the presence of an enzyme tyrosinase, an enzyme, which is derived from copper. In fact, one of the deficiency signs or copper is loss of skin pigmentation.

However, you need to know that copper has to be in balance with zinc in the body. “Consuming foods that have copper in such as mushrooms, almonds, avocados, broccoli, cocoa, crab, sunflower seeds, pecan nuts, prunes and lamb, should give you this natural balance.  If you wish to supplement with copper, ensure that you find a product with zinc in too.


Get enough zzz’s

‘Beauty sleep’ is more than just an expression. A good night's sleep can mean glowy skin health. When you’re sleep-deprived, your body releases more of the stress hormone called cortisol. Its high levels can lead to increased stress and inflammation in the body, hurting your skin’s health and causing acne and other skin issues, such as psoriasis. In addition, increased inflammatory cells in the body lead to an increase in the breakdown of collagen and hyaluronic acid, that makes our skin bouncy and supple.

03 / 03 / 2017

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