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From supplements to lotions, and the motivation of a running group, shares her picks for glowing winter skin. 2 3
Sharlene Bennett Naturopath for Good Health
Usually taken to counter the effects of antibiotics and for good internal health, recent research on probiotics points to evidence that they’re also beneficial for skin. We checked in with Sharlene Bennett, naturopath for Good Health, to find out more.
What do probiotics have to do with good skin?
There aren’t many health conditions that don’t trace back to the health and population of our gut bacteria. Existing and emerging research is proving just how much our gut bacteria impacts on our overall wellbeing, including our skin.
Our skin is our largest organ and ultimately, reflects our health. If we’re run down, physically or emotionally stressed, sleep deprived, have poor gut function or are generally in poor health, one of the first areas to be negatively impacted is our all-important gut bacteria.
This has an impact on our skin, as any imbalance of flora in our gut can lead to us inadequately absorbing vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients from our diet.
Good bacteria help to rid our bodies of toxins and free radicals, which all damage the skin. Good gut bacteria influences our skin barrier function, helping to keep out pathogens and toxins. Gut bacteria also impacts collagen production.
Pre and probiotics can help to visibly improve the appearance of skin – from acne, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis and allergies – by restoring balance to our gut flora.
Frosty winter days can leave skin feeling dry and looking flaky. Give it some love with one of my favourite body moisturisers.
Dove, Summer Glow, $9.60
This gradual tanner will maintain sun-kissed skin from a beach holiday – a friendly reminder of warmer days. Available in two shades, slather on daily for a winter glow.
FREE RUN CLUB Kiehl’s Creme de Corps, $39
Best applied after a bath, this rich lotion is boosted with cocoa butter and sesame oil for soft, lush skin. It’s cold and dark outside so you don’t want to lace up your trainers and go for a run. But maybe the support of 40-odd other people will get you out of the door?
Admittedly, I was nervous the first time I signed up for a run club. I envisaged a group of lean, mean running machines pounding the streets while I struggled to keep up. Yes, there were plenty of athletes in the group I joined, but there were also others just like me, new to running. As we panted together at the back of the pack, we bonded and I returned each week until I could run 5km.
After four weeks, the route changed and our bodies faced a new challenge, but the variety kept me interested.
Most clubs offer a few pace setting options (5, 6 or 7-minute kilometres for instance) and distances (5, 7 or 10km), so there’s something for everyone. There’s often a social element (free snacks and smoothies) and incentives (giveaways and gear for returning runners).
For winter running, invest in a good quality long sleeve sports top, a windproof jacket and a really good lip balm to protect from the elements.
Pump a lively playlist into your ears and soak up the (free and social) motivation of running with a group.
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