What you need to know about your skin ;
It’s great to have a bedside table full of wonderful skincare products, but the reality is, beautiful skin starts from the inside, and all the most expensive facial oils and creams in the world won’t give you that, if you diet is full of ingredients that link to bad skin health. Diets high in sugar, gluten, dairy and alcohol will be enough to disrupt the good bacteria in your gut, causing break outs, dull and puffy skin, dryness, wrinkles and dark circles under the eyes. Good skin health begins with our diet. Of course, applying organic and natural products to the skin is important to protect from free radical and sun damage, stimulate collagen, soothe and nourish it, reducing lines and wrinkles, but for beautiful skin, what we really need is to look after ourselves on the inside first. How we treat it on the outside still very much matters but it won’t make a difference until we tackle what is going on with the body on the inside.
When several close friends and family members have come to me asking for help, the first thing i’ll ask is “what are you eating”. And sure enough, their skin conditions such as eczema, irritation, acne, sagging skin, are caused by the same culprits every time. With one friend who suffered from eczema, I advised her to cut out eggs and milk from her diet for a week, and sure enough, her eczema cleared up. With another, spots and blemishes were a common occurrence, and again, the excess of sugar and processed foods in her diet were of course, causing havoc with her skin. Even my male friends began to show greater interest and complained about how dry and dull their skin seemed to have become. “What do you eat” they asked. My diet is maybe what most consider too strict however, not a day goes by without me juicing with beetroot, cabbage, carrots, apples, celery, lemon and every day I try to eat my leafy greens, super food vegetables such as sweet potato and broccoli, and have a good dose of omega 3 & 6 which I get from chia seed or flax seed oil, however i also regularly ferment vegetables, because it is essential that we get enough probiotic foods into our diet for gut health, so fermented purple cabbage is something i do regularly. I sip water religiously throughout the day infused with lemon and berries. To be fair, my weakness is coffee. Way too much coffee, but as long as we’re rehydrating enough, it won’t result in dramatic harm and you can always purchase mineral solutions to add to your water to replenish your body of the minerals that are depleted from overdoing it with the coffee [http://www.mineral-solutions.net/]. You will know when your skin lacks hydration, it will begin to feel flaky like it has lost it’s plumpness. At this point, you need to up your water intake dramatically (add in cucumber and lemon) and use a facial oil packed with nourishing and rejuvenating oils such as the rose-hip & avocado.
The body gets rid of toxins via our liver, lungs, spleen, bowels, gut and skin. One of the major tail tail signs that your body is overloaded with toxins and not getting rid of them consistently will show through our skin. For example, if you suffer from constipation or irregular bowel movement, then spots and general breakouts may be the story of your life. This will not only show with your skin, but with your hair and the rest of your body as well. When are hair begins to thin and weaken it is a sure sign that we are not retrieving the nutrients we need from our food, but also not cleansing our system out regularly enough. So if we really want our skin to be glowing and youthful, we need to start with the gut. Without good gut health, our skin, along with the rest of the organs in our body, are starved of nutrients it needs to work efficiently to insure not only that our skin is clear, but also aid the rest of our body to ward off illness. The gut plays an essential role in more than just our skin, an unhealthy gut will also cause mood swings, thinning hair, weight gain, stiff and aching joins and hormones issues, which again, if out of sync, will disrupt our skin.
I would like to point out, that just because we have the healthiest diet on the planet, it will not necessarily sort out our digestive issues. We could be eating, what we consider, to be a diet packed with nutrients and all the vitamins and minerals we need however, if we are not absorbing them properly, this will cause malabsorption and malnutrition, and that means that are skin will not be receiving all these vitamins, proteins, minerals and so on to look it’s best. So what steps do we need to take to ensure we are receiving the right nutrients, preventing skin problems and overall protecting our health :
What to do to :
Step 1 – Remove the culprits : Start by removing dairy, artificial sugars, processed foods, alcohol and gluten, or minimize your intake of these things drastically. These are the main gut agitators for the most part, and even if you’re diet is packed with all the plant based stuff you need, it is not enough to insure great skin health if you’re still eating an excess of all the other stuff alongside it.
Step 2- Invest in your gut : The gut is home to billions of bacteria. It makes nutrients such as Vitamin B12 and vitamin K, essential for skin and hair health. If our gut bacteria are not functioning properly, we won’t digest or absorb any nutrients from our food. To help it function at it’s best, load your diet with a ton of probiotic, prebiotic and plant based foods high in antioxidants: That means investing in a great probiotic supplements such as acidophils and consuming fermented vegetables and other plant-based foods such as almonds, asparagus, broccoli , blueberries, beans, bananas, kimchee, sauerkraut, tempeh, cereal grains such as millet (whole wheat, barley, rye), kiwi, leeks, red cabbage, legumes, miso, mushrooms, oats, onions, sweet potato, squash, yams, celery, cucumber, lemons,melon, oranges, papaya, passionfruit, pomegranate, apples, beetroot, berries, avocado, radishes, spinach, kale, lettuce, chard, watercress, oats, nuts, seeds such as chia seeds, peppers, mushrooms, ginger root, turmeric, coconut oil,
Step 3- sweat it out! : sweating out toxins from the body regularly is necessary for glowing skin. Your skin is a source of toxin elimination, and like your lungs, it can both absorb toxins and release them. Although this is largely unknown, lungs are a huge part of detoxification since they play a major role in filtering out fumes, allergens, airborne toxins and so on. Exercise is one of the most efficient ways to get rid of excess toxins and get rid of extra water and waste in the body.
Step 4- skincare routine : contrary to what most believe, replacing your facial cream with a facial oil instead will dramatically improve the condition of your skin, making it look vibrant and dewy. So instead of using anti-aging creams, opt for a facial oil or serum. Creams mostly consist of waxes and water combined with a few oils. Waxes tend to form an occlusive layer on the skin, but waxes also cause a build up, which may lead to clogged pores and the wax barrier may prevent the oil component of the cream from penetrating which is the part of the product that benefits the skin. Natural oils deliver all the benefits of the cream but with no downsides. The top layer of the skin is composed of dead skin cells held together by oils. This is our environmental protection barrier protecting against elements such as sun, pollution and hash weather. Lipid barrier damage occurs on a daily basis so we need an effective barrier which requires continuous input of lipids to the skin. Investing in a good facial oil can do wonders.
About the author
Jwaydan Moyine is a classically trained Film Composer, Pianist, Cellist, Singer/Songwriter, and a Writer and Entrepreneur. She founded Earth Children to bring awareness to matters regarding the Environment, Animal welfare, Sustainable & Conscious living, Wellness & Humanitarian issues. She is heavily involved with activism for animal welfare in the UK and Egypt and child welfare in Syria, Thailand and Romania. She resides in Berkshire Running an organic food farm, an organic skincare company, Writing and bringing awareness to matters regarding the Planet, Plant based nutrition, Cruelty free living & the necessity of adapting to Veganism for the sake of Sustainability, Animal welfare and our Health. She has several qualifications in nutritional therapy, culinary medicine & holistic healing. You can find out more on what she is doing over at the Earth Children Facebook Page!
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