At 31 years old I am ashamed to say I have only just started to make a conscious effort to take care of my skin. As a teenager I remember my mother telling me not to rub my eyes or I will damage the delicate skin in that area and get wrinkles…she was right.
It wasn’t my eyes that sparked my new found motivation towards better skin, it was the forehead lines that seemed to appear overnight about a year ago. Now don’t get me wrong I am embracing the aging process, after all there is nothing I can do about getting older, but it has motivated me to work towards beautiful healthy, glowing skin.
As your skin is your body’s largest organ, what you put on it is extremely important. We encourage our clients to steer clear of chemical laden skincare and makeup products as these can place a major burden on our detoxification processes and wreak havoc with our hormones. This can promote acne breakouts and also flare up other common skin conditions such as Eczema.
Nourishing your skin from the inside out is an integral part of caring for your skin. We need to provide the body with the essential nutrients it needs to give us the beautiful radiance we seek. Here are some of our favourite foods to do just that:
Coconut has antibacterial properties, it contains Lauric acid which fights bacteria that is often involved in promoting acne. Coconut also contains vitamins A and C. Vitamin A increases cell turnover in the skin and can reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and involved in collagen production.
Kale is getting increasingly popular these days, and with good reason. Kale contains vitamins A, C and E. Vitamin E has natural wound healing properties and is also a powerful anti-oxidant. It works by helping to renew cells promoting younger looking skin.
Pumpkin contains alpha-hydroxy acids which are excellent for cell renewell. It also contains vitamin A. The seeds contain oils rich in zinc, which is a nutrient rockstar. Zinc takes part in hundreds of processes in the body and is essential for wound healing and helps to control oil production in the skin.
We love Chia! Chia seeds are rich in fibre, protein and omega 3 fatty acids. Omegas are anti-inflammatory and are hydrating for the skin helping make it soft and smooth, yes please.
Raspberries are rich in anthocyanins and ellagitannins these free radical fighters also reduce inflammation which make them a great addition for people with eczema and psoriasis. The oil from the seeds also contain vitamins A and E as well as essential fatty acids to help hydrate the skin.
Salmon is rich in omega 3 fats. Omega 3 contains alpha linoleic acid which will help to hydrate and promote supple, smooth soft skin. Oily fish will also help reduce inflammation making it another great addition to the diet for people suffering from psoriasis and eczema flare-ups.