It’s SUMMER…!!! and the beach is heaving with taught, toned, sunkissed creatures and I absolutely love it ☺ I don’t know about you guys but, lusciously dewy skin is pretty up there on my list of summer must-haves.
Everyone has a favourite face cream or treatment, but beautiful skin starts with nourishment from within. Older cells are constantly shed and replaced by younger ones and a steady supply of micronutrients is essential to support this rapid growth. Eat the correct balance of foods and you'll feed your skin the vital nutrients it needs to help it stay soft, supple and blemish-free.
Here’s my hit list for healthy skin this summer.
Drink plenty of good quality water! Even mild dehydration will cause your skin to look dry, tired and slightly grey. Try and get in at least 2L each day.
Green tea is filled with polyphenols – inflammation fighting antioxidants and vitamins - an essential!!!
Get Movin’ and Invert
Movement stimulates the lymphatic system, which carries away waste products from your cells and exercise increases microcirculation in your face, nourishing your cells. Practice inversions (being upside-down) to increase blood flow to the face and enhance lymphatic drainage.
Get your Vitamins & Minerals
Vitamins and Minerals are essential for maintaining healthy skin. Here are a few of the must-haves!!
Vitamin C - helpful in making collagen and also a super antioxidant. It is needed for a strong immune system, radiant skin and helps blemishes heal properly.
Vitamin E - protects skin from cell damage and supports healthy skin growth.
Selenium - also a powerful antioxidant. It is essential to the immune system and studies suggest that a selenium-rich diet can help to protect against skin cancer, sun damage and age spots.
Zinc - involved in the normal functioning of the sebaceous glands in the skin (which produce oil) and helps to repair skin damage and keep skin soft and supple.
Omega-3 Fats - essential fatty acids that cannot be made in the body and must be obtained through the diet. Omega-3 fats encourage the body to produce anti-inflammatory compounds, which can help skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.
Stressful thoughts trigger the release of testosterone and cortisol that can incite acne, cause more sensitive and infection-prone skin, and lead to a blotchy tone. When you feel anxious, focus on positive thoughts which will lead to healthier skin that's less prone to breakout.
Avoid High GI Carbs
Foods loaded with high GI carbohydrates like biscuits and sugary drinks, lead to production of insulin, which may damage collagen and accelerate wrinkles.
The best type of sun protection is to cover up with a broad brimmed hat and long sleeves but if you have to wear sunscreen, choose a blocker rather than a chemical UV absorber. Try to avoid nanoparticles and opt for a fragrance free sunscreen as “phthalates” a chemical in many synthetic fragrances may be linked to cancer and even weight gain.
Scrub Away Dryness
I’m a big fan of dry brushing and scrubbing. This energizing scrub exfoliates dead skin cells, stimulates the lymphatic system, and boosts skin's look and colour:
2/3 cup sea salt
1/3 coconut oil
1 teaspoon lemon zest
10 drops lavender essential oil (check
1. Combine ingredients in a glass jar. (Scrub keeps for 6 months.)
2. Gently scrub your whole body, giving extra attention to rough spots on hands, heels, and elbows.
Once you make changes to your diet, don't expect an overnight miracle. It takes six weeks for new skin to regenerate, so the visible benefits from dietary changes may take just as long. For persistent skin conditions, consider seeing a health professional, dermatologist or book a consult with me!