WAYS TO GET GLOWING SKIN IN WINTER
1. How to feed your skin from within:
This starts with the digestive system and requires balanced gut flora. Probiotics are live microorganisms or beneficial bacteria which work to improve the health of the gut. By improving gut health, we are better able to process, digest and absorb the nutrients we ingest. This flow on effect extends to a happier and healthier immune system, mental health and appearance of the skin. Healthy gut flora can be supported by introducing more pre and probiotic foods to the diet, which can support a healthy digestive system. Here are 6 foods you could bring into your diet to support your gut flora: Natural yoghurt, sauerkraut, apple cider vinegar, tempeh, miso, and Kombucha.
2. Detoxification is vital to ensuring your skin remains clear and doesn’t become congested.
Although we have greater access to fresh fruit and vegetables through summer, there are still many ways you can naturally support detoxification through the cooler months. Starting your day with fresh lemon squeezed into warm water offers support for the digestive system, supports detoxification and helps to alkalise the body. Dandelion tea works to support clearance of toxins from the liver, and also offers a bitter taste which stimulates the digestive system. Cruciferous vegetables such as kale, cauliflower, broccoli, and cabbage contain powerful compounds called glucocinolates which help detoxification. By adding more of these wholefoods to your diet, you can support the natural process of detoxification, and in turn, support healthier skin.
3. Is exercise important for the health of your skin?
To ensure we sweat and allow toxins to be filtered from the skin. We often shift our exercise routine from the outdoors in summer to a more indoor winter routine. If this is essential, yoga, pilates and swimming, are great choices. However, there is great value in exercising outdoors including increased vitamin D from exposure to sunlight, and oxygenating the body with fresh air rather than artificial heating, which can dry the skin.
4. As Mother nature intended, natural botanicals found in nature hold the ability to heal and cleanse our skin. When selecting cleansing and moisturising products this winter, be mindful of this quick checklist:
Where is the product made? Has it been manufactured, processed, and then travelled a long distance to reach you? Time and travel will usually require the product to contain synthetic additives or preservatives to ensure it still looks, feels and smells great when it reaches you. This means the product has had greater levels of processing and is more disconnected from its natural source than a more locally made, natural alternative.
How many ingredients do I know in this skincare product? The more you know, or better still, the more ingredients you could actually eat, the closer the product is to nature and the fewer chemicals the better!
Is the product organic? If not, it will inevitably contain chemicals and you will, in turn, apply these chemicals to your skin, which can provide an extra challenge and a greater workload for your skin.
Do I really need this product? Many products on the market are not necessary nor overly beneficial. Some products can alter the pH of your skin, congest pours and lead to uneven skin tone and redness. Keep it simple and invest in a nourishing cleanser and moisturiser and spend your left-over money on wholefoods, and healthy living choices, to nourish your skin from within.
5. What are the key vitamins minerals and nutrients needed for healthy skin?
Essential fatty acids are important for plump, healthy skin. Dermatitis, eczema, dry skin, and inflammation, are key signs you may have an essential fatty acid deficiency. Looking to dietary sources is the key to ensuring you provide your skin with the nutrients it needs. You can find essential fatty acids in fish, nuts and seeds, (chia, walnuts, flaxseeds, hemp seeds,) eggs, and avocados. Add nuts and seeds to your breakfast cereal, or smoothie, or simply snack on them through the day to naturally increase your intake of healthy oils.
We have also created a specific tea, Skin Glow tea to help support healthy, clear skin. Herbs used in this blend, including calendula, red clover and burdock root have traditionally been used to help reduce inflammation, improve clearance of toxins and filter impurities from the skin and blood.
Founder & Naturopath