By Nicole Boisvert, certified holistic nutritionist, community engagement coordinator, mom
Naturally beautiful skin is simply radiant and something we all strive for. It is the reflection of the health of our bodies. So when you are looking for a solution you don’t have far to go, look within. Our bodies are so wise and will “present” us with clues when things have gone awry with our system. Whether you have a skin issue or whether you just want even better skin look to the tips below. You will be well on your way to glowing.
10 points to consider:
1. Drink plenty of water – Water is essential for all life and for beautiful skin. Water is necessary for proper cell function and for detoxification. Adding more water to your daily routine is the easiest and least expensive thing you can do for better skin.
2. Eat foods high in antioxidants – Skin damage develops due to physical and psychological stress, alcohol intake, poor nutrition, environmental pollution, and exposure to UV radiation from the sun. Our body has the ability to protect our skin to a certain degree but why not take the stress off with high levels of antioxidants? Eating foods high in antioxidants are key. Focus on fruits and vegetables with bright colors such as red (tomato), purple (berries), orange (squash) and green (leafy greens).
3. Eat organic foods - Organic foods by regulation are free from pesticides, herbicide, and every other “cide” you can think of and are antibiotic and hormone free. This reduction in environmental “pollution” going into our body means the less our livers have to contend with and the better our skin will be.
4. Protect your skin with natural sun care -The most important strategy to reduce the risk of sun UVR damage is to avoid the sun exposure and the use of sunscreens. Natural sunscreens use the barrier method to protect your skin rather than using chemicals as in regular sunscreen. Why apply unwanted chemicals which can cause allergic reactions and tend to clog pores when natural versions are available and effective.
5.Opt for natural skin products – What most people don’t realize is that ingredients for skin care are very loosely regulated by the government. So this is where you need to take matters into your own hands. Looks to the David Suzuki Foundation for their Dirty Dozen of cosmetics to help you pick products good for the earth and your skin.
6. Improve elimination - If food hangs around too long the build-up will be reflected on your skin. What goes in must come out and hopefully in an orderly fashion! Get enough fiber, drink enough water, exercise and watch difficult to digest foods. Each person is quite individual in this respect so watch your body for clues of what you need more of and follow suit.
7. Get your essential fatty acids - Among many other benefits essential fatty acids are very important to skin health. Essential fatty acids like omega-3s are the building blocks of healthy cell membranes. These polyunsaturated fats help produce the skin's natural oil barrier, critical in keeping skin hydrated, plumper, and younger looking. Studies have also shown that the omega – 3’s help to reduce inflammation both internally and on the skin surface too!
8. Cleanse your body - If by chance you have been over indulging and you want an additional boost for your skin, cleansing twice a year may be a good option. Cleanses are just that, they give your body a break from the everyday, support your liver and get rid of the build-up. The best times to cleanse are when the seasons change in spring and fall.
9. Sleep - Are you getting enough beauty sleep? This is the time where your body and your skin is repairing and rebalancing. If you miss out on sleep it will be surely reflected in your skin.
10. Exercise - Exercise is key to overall health and a factor in beautiful skin. Improved circulation caused by exercise not only helps the cardiovascular system but helps to nourish and flush your skin as well. In addition to providing oxygen, blood flow also helps carry away waste products, including free radicals.
And finally, go easy on yourself. A healthy skin may take some time to build but in the end it will be well worth the wait.