Liq­uid as­sets

Nu­tri­tional sup­ple­ments that tar­get skin­care can have you drink­ing your way to a clearer com­plex­ion I

Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - By Sherine Youssef -

nner beauty prod­ucts, in­gestible beauty, nu­tri­cos­met­ics… what­ever you call them, you can’t es­cape the ex­plo­sion of beauty sup­ple­ments cur­rently on shelves. As it be­comes in­creas­ingly ev­i­dent that what goes on in­side our bod­ies can di­rectly af­fect the out­side, these pills, pow­ders and liq­uids have made the leap from health food stores to main­stream re­tail­ers.

“Good gut health is es­sen­tial for skin health, and con­sumers are start­ing to un­der­stand this con­nec­tion,” con­firms BEAR co-founder and cre­ative di­rec­tor Saasha Burns. Glow­ing skin is of­ten in­dica­tive of a healthy gut, and “if you’re ex­pe­ri­enc­ing skin con­di­tions such as rosacea, eczema, or acne, it may in­di­cate an im­bal­ance of your mi­cro­biome, the bil­lions of tiny good bac­te­ria that live in your gut and con­trol the di­ges­tion of food, your im­mune sys­tem, cen­tral ner­vous sys­tem and much of your over­all health”, she ex­plains.

Oral sup­ple­ments might help cor­rect things, and gen­eral good-for-skin in­gre­di­ents in­clude vi­ta­min C to stim­u­late col­la­gen and pro­tect against sun dam­age, vi­ta­min E to min­imise cel­lu­lar dam­age, vi­ta­min B com­plex for elas­tic­ity, and anti-in­flam­ma­tory turmeric and zinc to help skin heal.

my first task was to ac­tu­ally ques­tion what the term means, be­cause we’re down­siz­ing for many dif­fer­ent rea­sons. It’s not just about head­ing to Vin­nies with boxes of un­read books and clothes we’ve never worn. Or buy­ing mul­ti­func­tional fur­ni­ture that is stor­age you can sit or sleep on. While those are le­git­i­mate el­e­ments of down­siz­ing, they’re not the whole story.

Down­siz­ing is also a state of mind. And with­out wish­ing to go all tran­scen­den­tal on you, I’ve re­alised that there are both prac­ti­cal down­siz­ing and emo­tional down­siz­ing. The for­mer de­mands dis­ci­pline and or­gan­i­sa­tion in cor­ralling the con­tents of a large space into a small space; the lat­ter re­quires changes to our at­ti­tudes and val­ues. It’s one thing to un­der­stand that liv­ing smaller – and with less – can be highly de­sir­able. But in our tap-and-go world of im­me­di­ate grat­i­fi­ca­tion (aka the ac­qui­si­tion of stuff) it takes courage to say “enough”. The Aus­tralian Dream isn’t go­ing to change overnight, but it’s in­ter­est­ing to know it’s be­ing chal­lenged and pos­si­bly re­de­fined. And yes, down­sized. Neale Whi­taker is co-host of Fox­tel’s Love It Or List It Aus­tralia on Life­style, and a judge on Nine Net­work’s The Block.

“In our world of in­stant grat­i­fi­ca­tion, it takes courage to say ‘enough’”

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