There is one part of your body that everyone can see (even when you feel like hiding it away) and that is your skin. Unfortunately, your outermost layer seems to bear the brunt of everyday life; from pollution to tiredness and even stress, all these things can have an impact on how your skin looks and feels.
The good news is that we know a little secret and the even better news is that we are prepared to share this with you! There are natural ways that you can improve your skin and they come in both internal and external forms too.
Eat yourself radiant
Obtaining that fresh, dewy look to your skin doesn’t just have to come from a selection of lotions and creams; you can give your skin a bit of a refresh by making some changes to your diet and including certain foods in your shopping list. But what are these magic foods that have some amazing power over the look and feel of your epidermis?
5 a day
Devour your five a day! It is the most overheard advice when it comes to diet and nutrition but this is purely and simply because it is one of the best tips ever. By eating your 5 portions of fruit and veg a day you will receive a whole host of powerful antioxidants that will protect your skin from damage that is caused by smoking, pollution and sunlight.
Pumpkin, carrots and sweet potatoes contain Betacarotene and kale, papaya and spinach contain lutein which is incredibly important in the development of skin cells. Finally fruit and vegetables can also help you keep your vitamin C levels and we all know how important this super antioxidant is in keeping all parts of you fit and healthy. Blackcurrants, blueberries, kiwi, orange and strawberries should all be appearing on your fruit list.
Try not to shy away from fats
Not all about the fruit; no not at all. In fact there are plenty of other parts of your diet that can be changed to keep your skin looking at its best. Fat, believe it or not can be good. Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats provide a natural moisture for your skin which keeps it nice and supple; fish, nuts and seeds are the perfect way to top up your fats and they also contain vitamin E which helps protect against damage! Another name that you may recognise is omega 3 and 6. These fats can only be found in your diet and are abundant in oily fish and plant sources such as walnut and rapeseed oils!
It probably sounds like music to your ears but it has been proven that crash dieting can have a huge effect on your skin; causing it to sag and wrinkles to form. These crash diets can also lack the important vitamins too and will take their toll on your skins health.
Keep drinking; and no we are not talking about pouring another glass of wine, in fact we are referring to the good old fashioned beverage that is water. Preventing dehydration will help to make sure your skin doesn’t end up looking dry and tired. Therefore you should aim for 6 to 8 glasses per day and remember that if you are beginning to tire of water that you can also drink herbal teas such as matcha green tea to keep your fluid levels up! Matcha is a fantastic substitute for coffee & black tea that your skin will appreciate.
What about the outside?
Skin health is not all about eating the right foods, there are also some natural remedies that you can use directly on the skin to feel the benefit.
Sea Buckthorn is turning into a popular natural ingredient for your skin. It will help to kill the bacteria that can cause acne and also has an anti-inflammatory effect which will help soothe any patches of skin that are irritated and sore.
One remedy that you might not hear of quite as often is hemp seed oil. It’s rich in omega 3, 6 and 9 oils. This is a unique combination of fatty acids that will help to nourish and moisturise your skin. Helping to protect your skin against dehydration and dry skin, whilst giving it a lovely glow.
There are so many more tips that we could give you when it comes to boosting your skin, but here is just a snippet of the things that you can put in place to make a difference to your skin and keep you looking not only healthy but radiant and glowing too!