HOW TO HAVE RA­DI­ANT SKIN THIS MOTHER’S DAY

Haven Magazine - - Wellbeing -

Dr Elen ApThomas

NOW WE ALL KNOW THAT BEAUTY RE­ALLY IS ON THE IN­SIDE BUT WHO DOESN’T WANT GOR­GEOUS BLEMISHFREE SKIN AS WELL? SKIN IS THE LARGEST OR­GAN OF OUR BODY AND HELPS PRO­TECT US FROM THE OUT­SIDE WORLD. IT IS AN AV­ENUE FOR DE­TOX­I­FI­CA­TION. IT ALSO RE­FLECTS OUR IN­TER­NAL STATE OF HEALTH, BOTH EMO­TION­ALLY AND PHYS­I­CALLY.

In or­der for our skin to look at its best, there are a few golden rules that im­prove skin health. Th­ese are to re­duce in­flam­ma­tion and body acid­ity lev­els, im­prove cir­cu­la­tion and to in­crease our in­take of es­sen­tial oils. Re­duc­ing in­flam­ma­tion can be achieved by eat­ing less in­flam­ma­tory foods (such as sugar, red meat and al­co­hol) while in­creas­ing our anti-in­flam­ma­tory nu­tri­ents (in the form of foods high in an­tiox­i­dants such as fruits and veg­eta­bles). Tak­ing good qual­ity an­tiox­i­dant sup­ple­ments, such as molec­u­lar hy­dro­gen sup­ple­ments, also helps. Re­duc­ing acid­ity lev­els can be helped by re­duc­ing acidic foods (such as starchy grains and an­i­mal pro­tein) and in­creas­ing foods high in al­ka­lin­is­ing min­er­als (such as any­thing green like spinach, kale and broc­coli). The skin is also in­volved in the re­moval of tox­ins from the body. Im­prov­ing cir­cu­la­tion through ex­er­cise and saunas in­creases the ef­fi­ciency of this cleans­ing func­tion. Ex­er­cise does this by im­prov­ing the trans­port of nu­tri­ents such as an­tiox­i­dants to the skin and the re­moval of waste prod­ucts via the lym­phat­ics and through sweat­ing. The skin acts as a bar­rier to the out­side world and re­quires oils in its cell mem­branes in or­der to cre­ate a pro­tec­tive wa­ter­proof­ing ef­fect. Oils not only cre­ate this ef­fect but also have anti-in­flam­ma­tory prop­er­ties that keep the skin

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