April 07, 2017
Healthy skin: Like all good things in life, if you want it, you have to work for it. Unless you're born with it of course, in which case you're blessed.
You have to factor in:
- Working environment, air-con can play havoc with our skin
- Change in weather, going from hot to cold can have an adverse effect on our skin
- Where you live/work, being exposed to pollution without protecting your skin
- Lifestyle, are you drinking enough water? Do you exercise regularly?
- Diet, too much sugar and fatty foods are a killer of the health of our skin
In a perfect world, we'd all live and work in the countryside with no pollution, filling our lungs with the sweet smell of cow pats (oxygen), drinking un-chlorinated water and eating the vegetables we grow organically on our farms. We'd work out regularly mucking out our horses and other farmyard animals... Oh and the farm would be situated on some Pacific island or somewhere equally as appealing; so the weather would be stable and not mess up our already perfect skin.
Unfortunately, it doesn't work like that. Sometimes, no matter what we do or where we live, breakouts/rosacea/eczema/psoriasis or any other skin condition is always going to be an issue through no fault of our own. It can be hereditary and/or an anomaly. There are, however, ways to try and tackle the problem at hand.
Nutritionists are amazing, they'll tell you exactly what you're doing right or wrong, and help you find ways to improve your skin simply by changing your diet. A few of my friends have seen brilliant nutritionists who told them to try various diets and they then noticed a massive change in the way their skin was behaving. One of my friends was told not to eat fruit after a meal, this is because it's held in the stomach too long along with other foods and will rot and ferment in the gut. I didn't know this until my friend told me, I have to say I don't do this, but it has helped her.
I find that when I don't drink enough water (the recommended amount for an adult is 2.7 litres a day) and eat too much sugary food, my skin takes it out on me, usually pretty quickly too - the next day I'll have a spot I can't shake off for weeks.
Looking after our skin is essential too of course. I've said it a thousand times before and I'll say it again, Cleansing thoroughly day and night and making sure our skin isn't dehydrated is key.
So what can we do to help our lovely skin look its best?
Water - Drink LOTS
Nutrition - Eat RIGHT
Protection - Wear SPF daily, cleanse and moisturise
I also really enjoy doing a good face mask once a week... I'll be writing about my favourites in a post very soon, look out for it.
Have a good week everyone.
Lots of love,