How To Get Healthy Glowing Skin
Our skin tends to change with the seasons. Often in Summer, our skin develops a healthy glow, not only from being outside and getting our vitamin D, but from the fresh air, unintentional exercise we do and the additional water we drink. But when Winter rolls around, we’re often inside, comfort eating, perhaps rugged up in our favourite pyjamas. This can take a toll on our skin, making it dry and sometimes flakey. So how do we keep our Summer skin year round?
Healthy skin results from the right nutrition, hydration and gut health. But how do we achieve all of these things?! There are a few things that you can incorporate into your every day routine. If you start now, in the Summer, you’ll already have a routine set when the seasons change!
- Flush out toxins by increasing water intake and eliminating processed sugary drinks. Try to drink at least 8 - 10 glasses of water a day, you will notice a difference! This is so important!
- Have a glass of warm lemon water in the mornings before breakfast or a spoon of Apple Cider Vinegar in water. They both stimulate liver function, which helps remove toxins from the blood.
- Try to avoid or limit refined carbohydrates and alcohol (they both impact skin health and appearance at various levels!)
- Incorporate healthy fats into your diet. Try to include flaxseed, chia seeds, avocado, virgin cold pressed olive oil, coconut oil, almonds and walnuts.
- Incorporate more salads into your meals! Dark leafy greens are where it’s at! Don't forget to include berries too, the darker the skin, the higher the antioxidant level.
- Use coconut oil as a moisturiser as a natural alternative to chemical filled products
- Include pre and probiotic rich foods in your diet, to support gut function. Fermented foods like sauerkraut and kimchi are great, as are garlic, leek, yoghurt, cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower and broccoli, and dandelion.
Our skin is the first place we notice change, this might be because it’s our largest organ or perhaps because we are constantly looking at it, moisturising it, shaving it, tanning it, sunscreening it.. The list goes on. Nevertheless, our skin can help give us an idea of what’s going on inside us! So start by incorporating one or two of these into your daily routine and you’re bound to notice a difference!