Treat 5 Common Skin Concerns With These Quick Tips
Simple tweaks in diet and lifestyle go a long way towards treating common skin concerns.
Skin Concern #1 Mild Hormone Related Acne
Quick Tip: Limit your intake of xenoestrogens
Xenoestrogens are hormone disrupting substances within the environment that mimic the effects of estrogen within the body. They sneak in via all things plastic, seep in through chemical laden skin care products and spring forth from harsh household cleaners.
Decreasing your intake of xenoestrogens lightens the load on your liver and helps bring hormone levels back into balance.
Swapping plastic bags for reusable shopping bags, making the switch to natural skin care free from parabens, and scrubbing with eco-friendly household products are all easy, effective ways to reduce your exposure to xenoestrogens and help clear the backlog of work our liver’s face with everyday exposure to internal and environmental toxins.
Eating lots of brassica vegetables (think broccoli and brussel sprouts) also aids the liver in breaking down hormones, chemicals and toxins into manageable substances the body is able to dispose of, so secondary routes of elimination, namely your skin and hair, don’t have to.
Skin Concern #2 Dull, dehydrated Skin
Quick Tip: Drink water and limit caffeine intake
Water makes your skin cells plump with hydration rather than sallow with thirst. Caffeine, questionable dietary choices, lack of movement and a hard nights sleep rob skin cells of water and the nutrition needed to make them shine from the inside out.
Dry lips are one of the first giveaways that hydration levels are sinking, so rather than willing them back up with a swipe of gloss fill a cool glass with water, slice up some cucumber, add a dash of lemon juice and drink your way to luminous skin. Aim for 8 glasses daily to keep hydration levels tipped in your skins favour.
Skin Concern #3 Wrinkles
Quick Tip: Eat an abundance of antioxidant rich vegetables.
Antioxidants combat free radicals that damage our skin and contribute to the formation of wrinkles.
Limiting processed foods and adopting a whole foods diet loaded with colourful fruits and vegetables (organic when you can) is a powerful way to amp up the natural levels of antioxidants already present in your body.
Eating anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant rich foods such as goji berries, blueberries and dark chocolate (yes!), citrus fruits high in Vitamin C, and herbs such as cinnamon and turmeric, alonsidge managing stress levels all help combat the negative effects of free radicals and make for skin as glorious as a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow coloured buffet.
Skin Concern #4 Raw, Inflamed Skin
Quick Tip: Increase your intake of essential fatty acids
The EFA’s found in wild caught salmon, walnuts, chia seeds, and flaxseed oil help soothe dry, inflamed or raw skin by acting as moisturises from the inside out.
Alongside being natural anti-inflammatories, EFA’s help sebum, our skin’s inbuilt moisturising system, soften and nourish the skin. Both actions provide much needed relief for skin that has a tendency towards inflammation, flaking and itchiness.
Skin Concern #5 Overall Skin Health
Quick Tip: Look After Your Digestion
You can eat all the rainbow coloured food in the world and back it up with good quality EFA’s but if your digestion isn’t working optimally, your skin will have a hard time accessing the goods.
Drinking apple cider vinegar or lemon juice 5-20 minutes before eating helps stimulate stomach acids for optimal digestion, but if you find you have other digestive system concerns such as, ahem, flatulence, bloating, or toilet stops as inconsistent as a backpackers travel schedule, book a Wellness Consult to get your digestion back on track and destined for healthy skin.
Disclaimer: These tips are intended for general health only. Please book a Wellness Consult for serious skin concerns and persistent conditions.