5 Steps To Radiant Skin From The Inside Out!
Sweating it out at the gym or in a yoga session can be the equivalent of a mini facial! Exercise causes the pores of the skin to dilate and the sweat helps them to expel trapped dirt and oil – just make sure to always wash your face afterwards to cleanse away the impurities that come to the surface. Exercise not only has a cleansing effect on the skin but the increased circulation in the body helps to deliver nutrients to the skin to assist in the production of collagen and aid cell repair and regeneration. In addition to the beauty benefits exercise is great for balancing hormones, improving muscle tone and promoting cardiovascular health.
Heal your gut
Leaky Gut or Increased Intestinal Permeability is when food and chemical sensitivities cause the intestinal lining to become hyper-permeable. This permeability can allow for large indigested particles to enter the blood stream which can lead to an array of health conditions and is often associated with acne and other inflammatory skin conditions. Foods that can help heal the lining of the gut include Bone Broth, which contains collagen and the amino acids proline and glycine which can help repair the cell wall lining. Fermented foods such as Sauerkraut are pre-biotic and support the colonisation of healthy gut bacteria. A good Glutamine powder supplement will help heal leaky gut. This essential amino acid provides the amino acids necessary for the growth and repair of the intestinal lining.
Silica Rich Foods
Silica is a trace mineral and can be found in healthy connective tissue, cartilage, hair, skin and nails! A diet that is lacking in silica can result in impaired wound healing, brittle nails, and loss of elasticity in the skin. You can take a silica supplement in the short term to boost your levels. The herb horsetail is naturally high in Silica and vitamin C can help with Silica absorption. Top up on natural food sources of Silica by eating green beans, strawberries, cucumber, mango, celery, asparagus, radish and alfalfa.
Certain foods can promote inflammation in the body and can lead to accelerated ageing. Excess sugar in the diet is one of the biggest culprits of inflammation. This happens through a process called glycation, which can lead to wrinkles. The grains wheat, corn, oats and rice can also cause inflammation that leads to premature ageing. Hydrogenated oils should be avoided as they are pro-inflammatory and in addition to premature ageing have being linked to heart disease and other chronic illnesses. Check product labels to avoid canola, soybean, corn, safflower and sunflower oils.
Working with a skilled therapist is of paramount importance for a therapeutic spa experience. They can identify problem areas an also advise on how to best take care of your skin at home. Just like the rest of your body, facial muscles require regular exercise and massage to keep you looking youthful. Facials have many benefits from balancing and nourishing to exfoliating. Treatments will vary according to your age and skin needs and can range from a deep cleansing and moisturising facial to a rejuvenating microdermabrasion treatment to assist cell turnover. The face is one part of the body that is always exposed to the elements and and deserves that extra little bit of nourishment and attention!
Yours in natural health,
Always consult your healthcare professional before commencing a new dietary or exercise regime, before using any supplements and before making any changes to prescribed medications.