Eat Yourself Beautiful
What you put into your body is as important as what you put into your skin and it’s no co-incidence that all of our skincare products at Naturology are full of the natural goodness extracted from fruit, plants, vegetables and herbs. Fruit and vegetables are the main source of vitamins and minerals in diet – of course, vitamins and minerals are found in many foods (meat, dairy, some carbohydrates) but you can’t beat leafy green vegetables, mixed berries and herbs for getting your 5-a-day. It’s not just vegetables and fruit that boost your skin and body either, there are a myriad of food rich in nutrients and antioxidants which, if you eat on a daily basis will promote healthy, luminous, hydrated skin.
There’s no point lamenting your dull, dry or spotty complexion if all you do is feed yourself greasy burgers, chocolate, fizzy drinks and cake. Starchy, sugary products as well as too many carbs don’t do your skin or body any favours. Very few people are born with the ability to just eat junk and still look good so next time you moan at the cluster of spots gathering on your skin or the fine lines developing round your mouth – think about the cause and take action!
Try a diet that balances all the food groups well. The reason the Food Standards Agency promote 5-a-day is because 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day is healthy. Your body needs these nutrients and antioxidants to keep strong and vital, fight illness and free radicals and radiate good health! Fruit and vegetables protect the skin from cellular damage and when choosing your 5-a-day think of a rainbow and go as colourful as possible for a really healthy skin-tone.
As far as your skin is concerned, good diet paired with great skincare makes a dramatic difference. If only people applied these principles to their daily routine, needles would be a thing of the past, skins would glow and wrinkles would be a lot less noticeable! There’s plenty of evidence proving this too. Too much of a bad thing such as refined sugar encourages spots because the pancreas has to bring blood sugar down, this triggers production of insulin which encourages the sebaceous glands to make sebum, too much production means spots! Milk also encourages sebum and certain cooking oils can inflame skin. So what should you be eating and drinking to ensure a fabulous, luminous skin?
Good old H20 is the easiest step to a clear complexion. There are so many reasons why, here are a few:
- It hydrates, plumping out skin and encouraging it to glow
- It flushes toxins from your body removing foreign bodies and clearing blockages
- It cleans the skin from the inside out – banishing spots and acne
- It purifies so your internal muscles are hydrated too, tissue round the heart, lungs, liver and kidneys as well as other organs that need hydration to perform
- GREEN TEA
Bin the coffee, bid goodbye to Diet Coke and get rid of those high-sugar energy drinks, they do NOTHING for your skin except cause it distress. Replace hot drinks with Green Tea. Rather like water this flushes toxins out and it helps banish blemishes. Green tea is full of catechins which are anti-bacterial properties stopping acne in its tracks. It also regulates hormones and has anti-inflammatory benefits reducing inflamed, sore spots. DRINK IT!
- BERRY NICE BERRIES
There’s nothing more delicious than a bowl of blueberries, raspberries and strawberries! Not only are they yummy they are so good for you. Absolutely jam-packed full of antioxidants these are the food you should be eating every day for beautiful skin. Berries contain Vitamin C which boosts collagen so plumps skin and aids healing traumatised skin. While you will find Vitamin C in other fruit, the berries mentioned are low in sugar unlike an orange which is still good for you but has high sugar content.
- MUNCH CARROTS & DRINK PUMPKIN SOUP!
Carrots contain beta-carotene which is what helps you see better in the dark! This may be an old wives’ tale but carrots are good for vision. Apart from that, carrots contain Vitamin A and which is vital in skin tone and skin development. Also full of beta-carotene are pumpkin and sweet potato.
- DO WHAT POPEYE DOES!
Eat your spinach (kale and papaya!) because these contain Lutein which is a potent antioxidant helping skin cells to develop normally and keeping skin tone even and healthy.
- Go NUTS FOR BRAZIL NUTS
Brazil Nuts are a great source of Selenium which is needed for protection against ageing, sun damage and melanoma. You will also find Selenium in tomatoes, fish, shellfish, wheat-germ and broccoli.
- THERE’S NOTHING SEEDY ABOUT SEEDS!
Seeds are also excellent at preventing sun damage and ageing so next time you’re at the supermarket pop some sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds into your basket and nosh on them during the day.
- DON’T FORGET GOOD FAT!
Not all fat is bad! Avocado is a great source of good fats and we all need good fat in our diet. So choose avocado, fish, nuts and seeds as these all contain monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats which are great natural moisturisers. Additionally, they contain Vitamin E, another powerful fighter in the battle against free radicals.
So use Naturology’s skincare regime which is full of fruit, vegetable and herb extracts and make changes to your diet. You will start to see changes in approximately 6 weeks and you’ll never look back!
- Mark Wallace