(Photo credit: The Gentlewoman Model: Beyoncé Photographer: Alasdair McLellan)
I’m completely enamoured with glowing skin. Period. I’ve spent a good chunk of time watching tutorials, reading reviews, and trying out different liquid and powder highlighters. This works (some more than others, stay tuned for the blog post), but I realized that we can get glowing skin naturally by adjusting our diet and skincare regime.
Celebs such as Beyoncé and J.Lo have flawless skin. They also have healthy diet routines (incorporating veggies, fruits, etc.), which I personally find makes skin prep and makeup application more effortless and the 'glow' more ethereal. Having worked on set, I can sincerely say, there's nothing more beautiful than a "lit from within" look that's exclusively yours.
I reached out to my dear friend, Rebecca Hall, a kick-ass Registered Holistic Nutritionist, to share the 411 on achieving healthy and glowing skin. We all deserve to have glowing skin, just like our Queen Bey. Besides, the skin is the largest organ of the body - make it YOUR best accessory!
GET GLOWING SKIN, GORGEOUS SKIN ACCORDING TO REBECCA
Spring/Summer will be around the corner as soon as we know it, and what better way to compliment it, than with a youthful and vibrant glow? You can improve the look and feel of your skin, simply by implementing these few nutritional changes into your daily diet. After all, glowing, radiant skin starts from the inside out!
We often hear that drinking plenty of water throughout the day will help keep our skin hydrated. A good rule of thumb is to try and consume about ½ your body’s weight in ounces.
Ex. 150lbs = 75 oz. Water (which is about 9, 8 oz. Glasses)
Easier said than done, right? Wrong! To get even more nutritional benefits from your water, simply add some freshly squeezed lemon wedges (about ½ a lemon). Not only is lemon a super way to “amp” up an otherwise “bland” bevy, it also acts as a natural detoxifier, helping you to lose weight by releasing stored toxins and can increase energy, amongst the many other health benefits.
Coconut water is another great option for keeping hydrated. It is an all-natural isotonic beverage which contains the same level of electrolytic balance we have in our blood; making it a healthy electrolyte-rich drink after any exercise. Its’ subtly sweet and delicious flavour make it a refreshing alternative to water when making fruity summer cocktails, or “freezies” for the kids. Coconut water, from the young green coconuts, is a rich source of natural fiber, calcium, magnesium, and potassium, also containing anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties.
While alcoholic beverages, and iced coffees are overwhelmingly desired , remember they are only temporarily refreshing and are dehydrating, so when you do indulge, for every ounce consumed, try to replenish with twice the amount of water – And Keep Hydrated! Your skin will be grateful!
Opt for Colourful, Anti-Oxidant Rich Foods (A.C.E.S)
These amazing vitamins and minerals are able to boost many of the body’s functions while supplying exceptional antioxidant protection from free radical damage; preventing against wrinkles, discoloration and sagging skin, they effectively neutralize free radicals while providing individual actions that further improve the health and beauty of the skin.
Vibrantly coloured Fruits and Vegetables of Dark Greens and Bright Yellows, Oranges and Reds are the best source of these antioxidant rich vitamins, and are conveniently in season during the summer months! Most berries, especially Blueberries are high in vitamin C and can help strengthen collagen formation, thereby reducing the signs of aging. This delicious berry has also been shown to have other health benefits such as improving eyesight and circulation, acting as a natural diuretic, enhancing blood flow and helping to alleviate symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. Add blueberries to your morning breakfast or to a shake or eat them on their own as a healthy snack.
(Photo: Ale's anti-inflammatory Vegetable Puree Soup)
Avoid Eating Inflammatory Foods
Eating full meats, rich cheeses and refined flours, sugars and alcohol can show up in your face in the form of breakouts, bags under the eyes, puffiness and red patches.
A way to reduce these nasty effects naturally, would be to opt for leaner proteins such as chicken or fish, and make sure as much as possible that the fruits and veggies you’re consuming are organic, or at least free of any herbicides or pesticides.
Supplement with Fish Oils
Cold water fish is an excellent source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids which are crucial for beautiful skin. However, they are becoming more and more toxic due to pollution and poor farming methods; containing mercury, PCB’s and other heavy metals which can have adverse effects on our skin.
Supplementing with Fish Oils, rich in EPA & DHA may help to combat common skin conditions such as psoriasis, dry skin, and redness. Fish Oils also improve circulation, which may help circulatory problems such as those unsightly, even painful, varicose veins.
In addition to eating wild salmon, I recommend supplementing with a good quality fish oil daily, approx. 2000mg (2g). When purchasing a fish oil, select one which has been distilled and made from smaller fish, such as anchovies and sardines.
Smaller Fish = Shorter Life-Span = Less Toxic Accumulation
It’s easy to forget about protecting your skin, while enjoying time outside in the warm sunshine, however, frequent prolonged exposure to the sun’s harmful UV-Rays may cause skin to become prone to the visible signs of aging; including wrinkles and sagging.
It is important to “cover up” whether it be wearing suitable clothing or really monitoring your time spent directly exposed to the sun, it is always good practice to lather on a good quality – clean SPF lotion, free of chemicals, perfumes and dyes. When shopping for a good quality SPF, it is important to be able to pronounce most, if not all of the ingredients; if in doubt, research it.
Healthy skin means a healthy body. By feeding your body a Natural, Alive, Good Quality diet, getting some exercise and keeping stress to a minimum, your skin will certainly reap the benefits!
Rebecca Hall, R.H.N.