HOW TO HAVE RADIANT SKIN THIS MOTHER’S DAY
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