18 Nov Eat and Drink Your Way to Gorgeous Skin!
A guest post by Dr Clarissa Hope from www.drclarissahope.com
There are some amazing cosmetic products on the market to enhance your natural beauty. But how comfortable are you without any makeup? Do you still feel beautiful? Or are you embarrassed about breakouts or eye bags, or concerned that your skin is ageing too fast? This little blog shares some tips on how to nourish your skin from the inside out, so that it’s the best it can be – with or without makeup!
Tip #1 – H2O is the way to go
Hydration is incredibly important for good skin. Hectic schedules can see us downing lots of tea, coffee , alcohol and sugary drinks which can dehydrate our cells and leave our skin parched and crepey! Even if you don’t feel particularly thirsty, it’s a good idea to drink plenty of pure water throughout the day. A rough guide is around 300ml per 10kg of bodyweight per day, but this also varies with your activity level and the weather conditions. Drink filtered water where possible, and add a tiny pinch of unprocessed sea salts to aid absorption and deliver minerals essential for skin health.
Tip #2 – Get the skinny on fats
Are you religiously sticking with ‘low fat’ food products? If so, your skin may be less gorgeous than it could be (and your hair and nails may be suffering, too)! Many low-fat supermarket foods are highly processed and contain lots of sugar and additives – and therefore can’t be considered ‘skin food’. Although fats have a dodgy reputation, it’s important for you to understand that many fats (like those found in avocado, raw nuts, coconut oil, olives, and oily fish) are essential for good health, cellular repair, hormonal balance and glowing skin. So be sure to eat these foods regularly to help your skin to retain a fresh, dewey look.
Tip #3 – Get passionate about protein
If you’re having cereal and toast for breakfast, a bit of fruit for morning tea and a salad sandwich for lunch, you could be ‘starving’ your skin! Many women (particularly those trying to lose weight) don’t eat enough protein and therefore unwittingly deprive their body of the essential building blocks for growth and repair. Did you know that your skin regenerates roughly every month? That means that if you don’t get enough quality proteins (like freerange eggs and poultry, wild caught fish, grassfed meats – or beans and pulses with grains if you’re vegetarian) today, you’re making it difficult for your body to create the beautiful, glowing skin that will be revealed next month!
Tip#4 – Give yourself the ‘green light’ with greens
Fresh, dark leafy greens are wonderful for nourishing your skin from the inside out. Things like kale, silverbeet, spinach and bok choy can be found at farmer’s markets (or can even grown in pots at home). They’re packed with antioxidants, minerals and other nutrients to assist with DNA repair, assist your blood’s ability to carry essential oxygen to your cells, and get rid of toxins. Even if you’re not a keen salad-muncher, you can try ‘eating’ your greens as smoothies or juices (click here to see the blender I use) or as a last resort, supplementing with ‘encapsulated greens’. And remember that raw or lightly cooked greens deliver the most skin-enhancing benefits.
So there you go! They are my top 4 tips for eating and drinking your way to gorgeous skin – at any age! What changes are you interested in making? Don’t make the mistake of trying to change too many things at once – perhaps choose the tip that most appeals to you and focus on that one for the next month. If you enjoyed this post, you might also be interested in reading this post on how the media portrays unrealistic images of skin that can leave us mere mortals feeling woefully inadequate! I look forward to reading your comments.
Dr Clarissa Hope is a health researcher, holistic lifestyle coach, wellness educator, author and self-confessed foodie! She’s on a mission to support, empower and inspire women all over the world to make the changes that enhance their health and happiness. Visit her website at www.drclarissahope.com and follow her on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.