Purify your body, your skin will follow

Whilst cosmetic surgery can take care of superficial lines and wrinkles, it’s hard to compete with skin that has that unmistaken natural glow; the type of skin that glows from the inside out.

Skin is a dynamic organ that performs many duties including absorption and protection, regulating body temperature and excreting waste from our bodies. As one of our largest organs, it’s important to recognise the importance that high stress levels and inflammation can have on our complexions.

Top 5 tips for stepping up your natural glow.

1. Sleep is critical for great looking skin not to mention memory consolidation, recovery, growth and repair. During sleep the body releases melatonin, a powerful antioxidant that aids in cellular repair. If you’re losing quality time during sleep, try turning off electric blankets and devices (including mobiles and laptops), blocking out any visible light and using earplugs to avoid noise and light pollution.

2. Eat the Right type of Fats. Omega 3 fatty acids have been shown to support skin health by reducing inflammation and supporting the structure of cells. Dietary Fatty Acids can help to regulate fluid balance and retain moisture leaving your skin looking healthier. Ideal examples in the diet include extra virgin olive oil (to be used in salads), virgin coconut oil that can be used for cooking and using fish and krill oil as supplements. Another way to plump up the fat in your diet is to add avocado and small fish like mackerel and sardines.

3. Improve your bowel movements

4. Embrace the Beauty of Antioxidants. Anti-oxidants are protective molecules that can support the structure of your skin by helping to neutralise free radicals (molecules that have the ability to damage the structure of proteins including collagen and connective tissue). You can support your skin by eating brightly coloured vegetables and fruits that are rich in anti-oxidants. These include berries, beetroot and green leafy vegetables.

5. Pump up your circulation. Exercise oxygenates the blood and delivers nutrients around the body to help you feel calmer and more energised, helping you achieve that rosy glow. Did you know? Infrared Sauna sessions are also a great way to increase your circulation and even promote a calorie burn of 200-600 per 30 minutes, a great way to take the edge off a stressful day.

Nicola Johnson

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