This is your skin prescription for flawless, glowing, radiant, smooth, supple, and beautiful skin.
GLOW FROM THE INSIDE
Our skin is the largest detoxification organ in our body so inflammation, food intolerances, stress, digestive issues, lack of sleep, dehydration, and hormonal imbalances will be reflected in the state of our skin. Our skin requires enough energy and healthy calories to keep it healthy, tight, and glowing - particularly the B vitamins, zinc, healthy fats, and protein. When we nourish our bodies on the inside, it will always show on the outside, therefore the most important thing you can do to get healthy skin now is to start from the inside, supporting your health on a cellular level. Just as eating and taking care of yourself from the inside, there are great topical products you can try to take your skin to the next level, in my years of experience learning how my skin reacts to certain stressors, not all “natural beauty” skincare products work on my skin. For example, coconut oil (which I know many people rave about) is a no-no on my face! I will break out within the hour of using it. It’s all about YOU and learning what your skin loves.
SKIN FOOD = ESSENTIAL NUTRIENTS
The more you take care of yourself and nourish yourself on a cellular level, the more the body will absorb and utilise those nutrients that ensure your skin is glowing, radiant. Zinc, B vits, selenium, protein, healthy fats, magnesium, vitamin E, A, C are just some of the few nutrients our skin needs.
My Skin Food Favourites: Green Beauty Smoothie, Turmeric Milk, Get Your Glow On Smoothie Bowl, Nut Milk and Skin Glow Soup
Managing stress is crucial at making sure that our cortisol levels aren't sky high and ensures that our hormones perfectly balanced. When we have any hormonal imbalance, which may well be triggered by too much stress (which I have to say is 90% of what I see with my clients and what affects my skin personally the most!), lack of sleep, lack of exercise, or eating the wrong foods for our bodies, the more our skin shows it’s “stressed out”.
I’m a huge believer in keeping every product you use on your skin, simple, yet effective. Some of you, have really sensitive skin and for this I would always recommend, using fragrance free cleansers and products. My recommended cleansers would be Arbonne Calm Gentle Daily Cleanser or Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser.
Boost it! Try adding a little pinch of baking soda to any of your creamer cleansers for a natural yet seriously effective exfoliant!
For those that know me, you are used to me going on and on about how important water is for our overall health, but as we are talking skin, it really is important. Our skin is thirsty and not just from the inside but also from topical products we use and ones that keep moisture locked in.
Try this! Spritz your favourite spray, or you could use a generous sprinkle of warm water and then immediately put on your serums and moisturisers. This will act as humectant and will lock in the water or toner perfectly, leaving your skin hydrated and plump! Peptides have also been shown to help retain moisture.
Try my Bubble Water or Infused Water recipes to keep you hydrated from the inside.
Ditch the makeup. If you can I would recommend trying to go 4-5 days during the week completely makeup free, I promise you it feels amazing! Let your skin breath. Don’t get me wrong, I'm not in anyway anti-makeup - I am a makeup artist and love to get ready with makeup and have fun experimenting with new looks, but the majority of the time, I try to use less than 5 products. I challenge you to the no make up free day challenge, where you set up a couple if not just 1 day a week where you’re completely makeup free and FAB-U-LOUS.
SWEAT IT OUT
Sweat it out as much as you hydrate. If you've got access to a sauna then use it - after your workout spend at least 30 minutes in the sauna to sweat it out and detoxify the skin- followed by a shower - go ice cold if you can bare it.
TELL ME: What are your favourite healthy skin care tips and tricks? Do you have any products you’re obsessed with and want to share, comment below! L
Your guide to living whole and well. Emma Olliff is a Registered Nutritional Therapist, wellness expert, food lover, and advocate for healthy living!