While beauty issues such as acne, wrinkles, dark patches, cold sores and hair loss may seem easier to cover up than resolve, correcting them can be as easy as understanding the cause and getting back to nature.
Here are my top tips for treating common beauty woes – naturally.
Cause: Pores becoming blocked with bad bacteria and oil. Can be due to toxins in the liver, bowel or colon; hormone, nervous system or digestive imbalances; and the body’s inability to eliminate waste.
Solution: Cut out refined sugar, deep fried and processed foods – keep the diet as ‘natural’ and plant-based as possible. Add in lots of leafy green vegies, avocado, raw nuts and seeds, extra-virgin olive oil, berries, onion, garlic and cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and Brussels sprouts — these help to detox excess hormones, which can help with acne control.
Increase water intake to help purify the blood. Aim for one litre of water per 22 kilograms of body weight each day – add organic tea or fruit to your H20 to mix things up. Also try squeezing lemon juice into warm water and drinking first thing in the morning. This will help cleanse the intestinal tract and give you essential vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin C, which help calm inflammation.
Adding one tablespoon of alkalising apple cider vinegar to water and sipping throughout the day can also help return an acidic body to an alkaline state.
Cut out refined sugar, deep fried and processed foods – keep the diet as ‘natural’ and plant-based as possible
Cause: Skin getting thinner, dryer and less elastic. Dehydration and a lack of ‘good’ oils; lifestyle factors such as smoking, diet and excessive UV exposure; genetics; and ageing may all be contributing factors.
Solution: Try Guasha, a form of skin exfoliation (more about this below), then moisturise with coconut oil, which has a natural SPF of 5-7, or organic rose hip oil.
Keep hydrated and eat more whole, raw foods – especially avocado! Rich in antioxidants, avocado is beneficial in preventing ageing symptoms and the glutathione in avocado can boost immune systems and encourage a healthy nervous system. Avocado oil is added in many cosmetics because of its ability to nourish the skin and make it glow. I recommend using avocado straight on the skin, let it set for at least 20 minutes, then wash.
Avocado oil is added in many cosmetics because of its ability to nourish the skin and make it glow
HYPERPIGMENTATION AND DARK PATCHES
Cause: Caused by increased melanin production, as a result of excessive UV exposure; hormones during pregnancy or from the contraceptive pill; and toxins or imbalances in the liver.
Solution: A great remedy is skin cleaning such as dry brushing or Guasha. Used by Ancient Asian, Greek and Egyptian civilizations, Guasha opens up the skin and rids the body of toxins and bad bacteria.
To make Guasha, simply mix aluminium-free bi-carb soda with triple distilled vodka. Rinse off in the shower then apply a tablespoon of the mixture onto a loofah or in your hands and scrub your entire body, including your face (be gentle at first), then rinse it off completely.
Once you’ve exfoliated the skin, apply lemon juice directly to the dark areas and lie in the sun to soak up the Vitamin D.
A great remedy is skin cleaning such as dry brushing or Guasha
Cause: Herpes simplex virus. Outbreaks can be caused by a weak immune system; cold or infection; stress; poor diet choices; and extreme hot or cold to the area of infection.
Solution: Improving your general health and immunity is a good start. Selenium is one of the most vital and potent antioxidants for protecting and healing the immune system – try including more brazil nuts and sunflower seeds in your diet.
I recommend a daily CABALA (carrot, apple, beets, apple, and lemon) juice. It contains a variety of natural colours, including three different apple types (red, green and yellow) and is super for fighting viruses and infections.
For a topical treatment for herpes lesions, apply a dab of hydrogen peroxide, H202 (make sure you buy the 35% food-grade stuff) directly onto the sore, five or six times a day, over a couple of days. It will kill the virus to the core. Lavender oils can help too, as well as consuming garlic, which is one of nature’s most powerful tools in fighting infections.
Selenium is one of the most vital and potent antioxidants for protecting and healing the immune system
HAIR LOSS AND POOR CONDITION
Cause: Stress and anxiety; iron deficiency; hormone changes; poor diet; and kidney imbalances can be contributors.
Solution: Stress plays a huge role in the health and condition of our hair, as it creates acid in our bodies, so I recommend taking time out for meditation, yoga, regular exercise – and sleep!
A lot can be told from the colour, texture and shine in our hair as these factors are directly attributed to how healthy we are on the inside. So completing a water or juice fast can help detox and heal you from the inside out.
Consuming a diet of clean foods, such as raisins, bean sprouts, walnuts, spinach, carrots, and bok choy can all assist in hair loss prevention and hair growth.