Our skin is a mirror of our health, did you know that skin is our largest organ? Nourish your skin the holistic way.
What You Eat And Drink
A healthy diet is important – asparagus, carrot, cucumber, daikon radish, fennel, spinach and lettuce are considered foods to improve your skin because they are light and contain more water. Whether hot or cold, you can include these yummy veggies either in a salad or make a delicious curry with them.
Add turmeric, cayenne pepper and ginger to your meals. These spices promote digestion and remove toxins from your body, having good digestive processes means good skin. Don’t forget to include nuts and seeds as they are full of proteins, vitamins, minerals, fibre and healthy fats – unsalted almonds, walnuts, pistachios, pumpkin & sunflower seeds along flax seeds.
Herbal tea gives you the antioxidants you need to protect your skin from damage, tea made from fresh ginger or lemon and honey can help in protecting your skin from infections.
Say goodbye to alcohol, drinking alcohol dehydrates your skin and makes it prone to early ageing.
Hydrate with water and fresh juices, you need to be drinking a sufficient amount of water on a daily basis. Not only does this hydrate your body, improve digestion, and fight constipation but it also helps to moisturize your skin from the inside out. It’s up to you to decide the temperature of your drinking water – cool, room temperature warm or hot water just try to consume at least 7-8 glasses of water every day. Don’t forget, for healthy glowing skin – partake in a glass of lemon water every morning.
Move Your Body
Moving your body should be an integral part of your lifestyle, it helps to improve your digestion while increasing your immunity and building your strength. Exercise which makes you sweat removes toxins from your body, 5 times a week is ideal but even just adding 2-3 sessions a week gets those toxins gone. Take the stairs not elevator, walk to mailbox or corner store rather than take the car.
Cleansing, Moisturizing And Exfoliating
Dry brushing is a technique to refresh and exfoliate your skin, it promotes blood circulation and aids the drainage of the lymphatic system. It’s widely recommend to dry brush before your morning shower (while slightly damp) as part of your skincare routine. Start your dry brushing routine from the feet upwards and cover your legs, thighs, torso towards to your heart. Then your neck, hands, armpits and shoulders using long strokes on your limbs and a circular motion on your stomach and joints.
Cleansing your skin is important to get rid of toxins, dead cells, any excess oil and makeup but avoid using soap-based cleansers on your face as they dry your skin.
Gentle exfoliation is a vital part of skincare for face, a regular regime removes the dead cells from the skin allow for a gorgeous glow. Try natural alternatives made out of sandalwood paste, oat flakes / flour or honey and yogurt. Apply this to your face and rinse it off after 10 minutes with lukewarm water.
Moisturize, even in those hard to reach areas, using natural oils or creams not containing chemicals or toxins. Make your own body butter with this recipe free from harsh chemicals, toxic ingredients and artificial colours.