And there lies is the rub, most of us treat our skin topically with moisturisers, scrubs, peels, masks etc. but your skin is your mirror to your internal health. It is an expression of what is going on in the inside and therefore to treat skin conditions effectively you must treat your body holistically. Understand the underlying triggers or imbalances and then work to redress them.
Most of us thought that past our teenage years we wouldn’t have to worry about spots but low-grade, persistent acne is common among women in their twenties, thirties, and forties. It can be due to even mild female hormone imbalances, caused by anything from hormone mimicking chemicals in our food, toiletries, or cleaning products, to poor diet and/or blood sugar regulation or chronic stress having a knock-on effect by taking priority and using up your body’s resources. Equally the problem may lie in sluggish or backed up detoxification or elimination systems.
Other skin conditions including dry skin, hives, eczema, psoriasis again often are connected to gastrointestinal imbalances and a poorly supported immune system leading to chronic inflammation. That inflammation is expressed on the skin but is likely to also affecting other areas of your health internally too.
Identifying the underlying cause of your skin complaint and then supporting that effectively is the best way to beautiful skin. However there are few nutrients that will help everyone’s skin glow from the inside out, so let’s get started.
Vitamin C – primary function in the body is to produce the collagen, which creates the main structure of the skin. So leafy greens and blue/black/red berries are a great source.
Vitamin E – is a fat-soluble, potent antioxidant in the body that helps protect and repair your skin. It is most abundant is avocados, almonds, hazelnuts, wheat germ oil as well as fruits and vegetables.
Omega 3s – work on many levels, controlling the oil production in the skin, keeping it hydrated and supple, as well as acting as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Oily fish, flax, chia, walnuts, pumpkin seeds are all sources although it is still hard to get enough so this might one to supplement with a good quality product.
Anti-oxidants – to not only protect against free radical damage but also support effectively liver detoxification. Eat and drink the rainbow of fruit and vegetables available to us.
Fibre – soluble fibre especially gets our gut flora happy and bowels moving. A healthy digestion and elimination of waste is a sure-fire way to improve your skin.
One of the best ways to improve your skin is to cleanse you body via fast and juices and then to eat a ‘clean’ alkaline diet.