The French know their f ood, even when it comes t o edibles that nourish your skin.
Foods to get your skin glowing
YOU TELL ME WHAT YOU EAT, AND I 'LL TELL YOU WHO YOU ARE,” STATED FRENCH EPICUREAN AND GASTRONOME JEAN
Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, whose famous work The Physiology of Taste has been referenced throughout academia and the upper echelons of elite culinary circles.
No magic potion No. 9 needed; if what's on your plate affects your entire being, then soul food certainly must benefit the skin. Beauty is beyond skin deep, and you don't need to be Brillat-Savarin to reason that it's rooted in your diet.
So, who better to consult about food and beauty than the French?
Robin Knowlton—a Frenchwoman who forayed in fine wine under the effervescent empires Moët and Chandon and Champagne Ruinart—is now a reiki master and certified nutritionist of Seishin Wellness & Nutrition, her proper enterprise.
(Knowlton knows that all those antioxidants in grapes are certainly good for your health! In fact, Caudaile's founders ingeniously extract polyphenols, antioxidants naturally found within red grape seeds, to fashion their cult beauty products. Le Spa Vinothérapie Caudalie in Bordeaux is a resveratrol retreat … i.e., more reason to sip this liquid elixir in moderation.)
From Champagne in France to health and beauty in the states, Knowlton epitomizes balance, assuring that for optimal complexion, skin—the largest organ in our body—needs to be properly nourished. Per Knowlton, skin serves three main functions: protective (shielding internal organs); nourishment (vitamin D synthesis through daily sun exposure); and elimination (releasing toxins through sweat). As oil and dead skin cells are eliminated daily, proper nourishment is necessary to support this endless regeneration.
“Skin mirrors the state of our overall health and well-being—good or poor nutrition show up on the skin.” Knowlton cites that, in addition to poor nutrition, complexion threats include pollution, smoking, excess caffeine and alcohol, fried foods, stress, lack of sleep and sun overexposure.
And high nutrient density isn't limited to herbs and vegetables. Lobster,
langoustines, crab, oysters and other exquisite, zinc-rich shellfi sh are backed by French naturopath Francie Puel, owner of LE CAIRN Coffeeshop & Naturopathie: a chic, gluten-free coffee café nestled in Paris' ritzy 7th arrondissement. If you're ever in Paris, stop in to say "hi" to Francine and her son, Mathias, who co-own and operate the café, and order the Jus du Jour : a freshly squeezed mélange of the season's finest fruits and vegetables (a recipe which rotates daily).
Francine, a native of the sunny South of France, explains that skin is an emunctory which rejects toxins triggered by improper digestion. Holding a naturopath license from FENHAMAN, a federation in Paris specializing in diverse energy techniques, her holistic training equipped her to “biologically decode” what the physical body expresses; moreover, she is armed with tools to calm the body and emotions through the digestive system.
To maintain healthy skin, she advises intelligent, healthful eating. While defined, dietary requirements range, she advises a regimen of 80 percent vegetable products and 20 percent animal products, environmentally sourced water, organic, good fats, and cold-pressed juices. To maximize nutritional benefit, antioxidant-rich fruit, particularly rouge in hue, should be consumed 30 minutes before meals.
Elements rich in silica and copper are also excellent for skin. Francine advises the silica that is naturally found in nettles; whereas, oysters, potatoes, nuts, raisins, lentils, shiitake mushrooms, and sesame all contain copper.
In addition to mindful eating, Francine assures proper digestion is equally essential for nutrient absorption. If you eat healthfully, and yet, the skin is fledged with imperfections, emotional or environmental triggers are arguably causing these undesirable reactions—as emotions have a surprisingly powerful effect on the physique and metabolism. Consulting an expert on face mapping, one can pinpoint
nutritional elements to soothe the void, depending on which area of the skin is flaring.
Stateside, Loren Thompson, a women's holistic health coach, practices a similar mind-body-spirit approach to cure skin woes. While six time zones apart, she sat down to talk complexion confidential with HI-Luxury.
“Focusing on food for a healthy digestive system is key for clear, radiant skin. We often forget that your skin is an elimination organ, so by putting bad foods into your body, you'll be getting bad skin out of it!” Thompson expresses.
“Celery and cucumber are my clear skin secret weapons … Being highly diuretic, both cucumber and celery flush all the toxins and waste out of your system and out of your skin!”
Thompson cited that celery and cucumbers are both high in alkaline, which carry anti-inflammatory properties to prolong healthy skin tone. Added bonus: weight-loss benefits for their high-water content. And it's not a myth. Place cucumbers over your eyes, and “say goodbye to the puffiness.”
Thompson says that starting your day with freshly pressed cucumber and celery juice can transform skin in as little as a week, detoxing your body while transforming your skin. Thompson's juice to get glowing? Try her skin detox tonic (directional).
Fermented foods are other face saviors. Kombucha tea, an extremely fermented and slightly effervescent beverage, for example, is laced with billions of pro biotic st hat promote healthy digestion and skin cell circulation. The unglamorous truth is that skin often erupts due to an overgrowth of harmful bacteria. Nourishing your body with friendly bacteria can reverse them al effects of immuneim balance ,80 percent of which originates from within your digestive track.
We may not all have been blessed with good genes, but in supplementing our diet with nutrient- dense skin food, we seize power over the physical qualities of our skin. Through proper nutrition , beauty begins well below surface level.