For Lasting Beauty, Think Inside-Out!
With summer at last deciding to grace our doorsteps, a lot of us will be turning our minds to the beach and the chance to soak up some sun. Of course, we won’t rush into this unprepared. We are well versed these days in the dangers of ultra-violet radiation and the potential damage it can cause to our skin. None of us want to get skin cancer and none of us want to age prematurely. As a result we will apply our sun-block, cover up with light clothing and hats, and – hopefully – spend only a sensible amount of time under direct sunlight. We are conscious that in order to look good, we need to protect our skin.
Unfortunately, such an approach only provides a partial answer to effective skincare. Too often, we look to the surface and forget about what is happening inside our bodies. We forget that the skin is not an isolated organism and that it is, in fact, linked to all our major functions, including the immune, respiratory, circulatory, lymphatic, and neurotransmitter systems. If we want beautiful skin, if we want to look good, then these systems need to be in good working order. If they’re not, then it will be reflected on the outside, on the surface of the skin. And no amount of sunblock or moisturizer is going to fix it!
So…….no matter what line a beauty company tries to sell you, it is essential to bear in mind the old adage, ‘beauty is more than skin deep’. If we want to take good care of our skin, then we must take good care of ourselves, on both a physical and emotional level. Essentially, we need to adopt a holistic approach to skincare. By eating healthily, by maintaining a balanced lifestyle, and by using pure, natural products on our skin, we can delay, or even reverse, the signs of aging.
Listed below are some diet and lifestyle tips that will encourage youthful, glowing skin and a radiant complexion:
First up, drink lots of water! About eight glasses a day, in fact, although you might like to substitute some for herbal tea. I say this because water is one of the most important nutrients for the skin. Imagine a balloon filled with water. Allow some of the water out and the balloon will shrink and may even become a little shriveled. Deprive a skin cell of water and you will get a similar result. Drinking water helps to keep the skin hydrated and supple. It rids the body of waste products and toxins, clears the eyes and the complexion, prevents and softens wrinkles, and provides us with energy and vitality.
Next, limit your intake of alcohol, sugar, artificial sweeteners, food additives, trans fats, and simple carbohydrates and dairy. Try instead to eat more foods low in glycemic index values and high in antioxidants, essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals and enzymes. Colourful vegetables, berries, fish and green tea all contain these qualities.
Other dietary factors are also important. In particular, optimal digestive function is vital. You might want to take a probiotic supplement regularly to boost beneficial flora in the digestive tract. Remember too, to rest your system a couple of times a year by undertaking a regular detox.
In addition to diet, our lifestyles also have an important bearing on the health and appearance of our skin.
If you’re smoking, try to quit. It’s no good for you and it will age you.
Exercise often to reduce stress and support your body’s natural detoxification processes. Exercise also brings more oxygen to your skin, leaving it firmer and better nourished.
And finally, try to find a balance between work, play and rest. A healthy mind will lower stress levels and support our internal functions. You’ll feel good on the inside and look great on the outside!