Don’t we all wish we had beautiful glowing skin? The cosmetic and plastic surgery industries make millions by selling this image to women. It is often the first thing we notice about someone and are quickly dying to know their secrets. While genetics can definitely play a role here, did you know that the quality of your skin is often a reflection of your health from the inside out? For example things like psoriasis and eczema can often be linked to a food allergy or sensitivity and dry skin or red bumps on the back of the arms may be linked to a deficiency in essential fatty acids (omega 3 in particular). The skin is often a great indicator of imbalances deeper within the body. If an internal problem has reached the surface layer it means your body is literally signalling that you should make a change.
While every person is unique and their needs are different here are some general tips to help get healthier looking skin!
- Hydrate: Yes this may seem obvious to us all but we can’t stress enough how good water is for your skin! When the body is dehydrated it will show on your skin so aim to drink 8 cups a day and opt for herbal tea instead of coffee now and again. Water also helps flush our body of toxins and remember our skin is often a reflection of our health from the inside out.
- Eat Plenty of Healthy Fats: Foods that are rich in healthy fats also often have vitamin E both of which assist in the production of collagen and can enhance your skin tone. Healthy fats can also help moisturize your skin from the inside out. If you have dry skin healthy fats are your new best friend! Try including things such as avocado, coconut oil, olive oil, salmon, nuts and seeds or nut butters into your daily routine.
- Reduce your coffee intake: Look we get it…you love your coffee and you shall never part. But did you know that the caffeine in coffee can actually dry us out from the inside? Try to limit your coffee to once a day, your skin and body will thank you.
- Eat hydrating fruits and vegetables: Another great way to ensure your body is staying hydrated from the inside out! Try including raw foods such as cucumbers, celery, radishes, tomatoes, peppers, watermelon, spinach, strawberries, broccoli and grapefruit, just to name a few.
- Minimize extremely hot baths or showers: There is nothing quite like a steaming hot bath or shower in the wintertime to unwind right? Well unfortunately if you are prone to dry skin this luxury is not your skin’s friend and can actually make things worse. Try to have lukewarm baths or showers. If you really can’t accept this try adding moisturizing elements to your bath such as some essential oils or coconut oil.
- Dry brush daily: Dry brushing your skin from head to toe before you jump in the shower is a great way to get rid of excess dry skin and can even boost your immune system. To learn more about dry brushing check out our blog post about it.
- Moisturize with Coconut oil: Try changing up your store bought moisturizer for some real coconut oil! This can be especially useful in the winter months when dry skin is always a problem. If it is too oily for your skin try only applying it to the driest parts of your body such as elbows, feet or hands. Keep a small container in your bathroom so it is ready to use. Coconut oil has so many wonderful health benefits and applying it to the skin is just another way to absorb it in to our bodies.
So try these suggestions out and have some fun with them! But remember everyone is different and you will be the best judge of whether something feels right for you. For specific skin problems or questions it is best to work with a Naturopath, Dermatologist or Holistic Nutritionist who can design a unique plan that works for you and your body. Email us with any further questions you may have!