By Sam Sargent
Clean, clear, beautiful skin is something that most of us desire and strive to attain. Whether you’re trying to prevent spots or a more serious condition or prolong the aging process there are a number of key factors that influence the health and beauty of your skin regardless of your age or concern.
Skin is the first thing I notice on someone and is certainly the one part of my own body that I am meticulous at maintaining everyday so that it remains soft, smooth and glowing. Whilst I am particular with what I use on my face, I am equally as fussy with what I use on the rest of my body. However, whilst skin care products certainly have a role in helping to promote a healthy glowing complexion, it is crucial to nourish the skin from the inside too.
If you think that your skin is just an outer casing for your internal body, then it’s time to think again. Your skin is a highly complex functioning organ that reflects your total health and wellbeing. Maintaining the health of your skin, helps to promote the health of the rest of your body and mind, and maintaining the health of the rest of your body and mind helps to promote healthy glowing skin. This holistic point-of-view can be the solution to all your skin problems.
Incorporate healthy skin care rituals to your daily life by making a conscious effort to stick to the following recommendations for the next 30 days…
DIET & NUTRITION
• Eat plenty of antioxidant rich foods such as brightly colored fruits and vegetables: berries, kiwi, carrots, sweet potato, beetroot, broccoli, watermelon; and a variety of nuts and seeds, such as sunflower, flax, hemp and pumpkin seeds; and almonds and brazil nuts to also ensure a diet rich in essential fats, zinc, and other minerals.
• Eat plenty of phyto-oestrogen rich foods such as soya, linseeds, celery, parsley, beans, fennel and alfalfa, that help the body in times of hormonal change such as puberty and menopause.
• Ensure that you are drinking an adequate amount of clean filtered water every day, and replace coffee and tea with herbal teas that help with detoxification.
• Choose certified organic produce â€“ as much as you can afford.
• Drink apple cider vinegar and eat probiotic rich foods to help improve your digestion and immune system.
• STOP smoking; AVOID alcohol and caffeine; REDUCE your intake of processed foods and take-out foods with added chemicals and processed ingredients; AVOID refined table salt, sugar, saturated fats and fried foods; REDUCE your consumption of meat and dairy; AVOID soft drinks, cordial, bottled juices and vitamin waters that are full of sugar and artificial additives.
• Start each day with dry skin body brushing (followed by a mini self-massage in the shower) to stimulate circulation, increase cell renewal, cleanse the lymphatic system, strengthen the immune system and help in the treatment of cellulite, among other things.
• Exercise regularly to help improve circulation but not alongside traffic (ie. to help minimize inhalation of exhaust fumes).
• Reduce stress by learning how to cope with daily. Practice meditation, give yourself a massage, have a relaxing bath, go for a walk, practice yoga, simple breathing exercises or whatever else it is that helps to maintain your sense of calm and a balanced state of mind.
• AVOID your exposure to tobacco smoke, pollution, pesticides and excessive exposure to the sun
• Choose natural or organic products for your face and body, and remember to read the complete ingredient list and if it contains mineral oil, parabens, fragrances (synthetic), colors (synthetic), sodium lauryl sulphate, mineral oils, propylene glycol, phlatates, sulphates or other synthetic names that you can not understand etc, best to put it back on the shelf and choose another brand. These synthetic ingredients are known to trigger acne, clog pores and interfere with the bodyâ€™s natural ability to eliminate toxins as well as being linked to cancer, allergic reactions, rashes, and are known respiratory irritants and hormone disruptors.
• Nourish your skin with natural plant extracts such as jojoba, rosehip, argan, coconut, hemp and sweet almond oils.
• Utilise the healing benefits of aromatherapy. Research has shown that essential oils have the ability to improve circulation, moisturize dry skin, reduce oiliness, rejuvenate stressed skin and assist the healing of damaged skin. Long term use of essential oils will contribute to the health of skin and help to keep skin supple by helping with the cellular renewal process.