Max Tomlinson, ESPALife Naturopath
04 September 2012
Looking after your skin from the inside and outside
Feeding your skin from within and without
“Everything you do affects your skin so you have to feed your skin both from the inside and on the outside. Your skin is the largest organ in your body and it is the first line of defense against external dangers. The state of a person’s skin is a good indication of how healthy a person is overall and the key to great skin health is to prevent damage. Not only does this include sun damage, but it’s also about what goes into your body and how it comes out. If your kidneys and bowels aren’t working properly, they will throw their toxins out on the skin, so a healthy diet is imperative.
“Your adrenal glands regulate the health of your skin and if your digestion is compromised, this affects them. You may find yourself waking up between 2 and 4 in the morning, your skin may be dry, you may have dark rings under your eyes, or you may feel bloated – these are all indications that your digestion isn’t what it should be.
“Eating the right foods – a Mediterranean diet rich in fresh fruit and vegetables, plenty of fish – helps the efficiency of your digestion, which is reflected in your skin. You also want to make sure that you’re hydrated properly and that’s not just about drinking water. Getting the correct amount of oils into your body is imperative – Omegas 3, 6 and 9 are essential as they promote cell health. Your body can’t make the omegas so you have to get them through your diet – linseed, fish, grains; get plenty of these and your skin will glow, neglect them and your skin will look lackluster.
“You need to protect your skin from pollutants – vitamins A, C and E and selenium are good for mopping up oxidants. Again, you want to get these from your diet – a colourful kaleidoscope of fresh fruit and vegetables. Exercise to the point of getting flushed and starting to sweat is another way your body gets rid of toxins. People who exercise naturally have better skin.
"Healthy skin doesn’t happen by accident, but if you look after it properly, it will reward your efforts with a radiant glow that is beautiful at any age.
Caring for your skin at every age
“The most important thing you can do for your skin is prevent damage from happening and this has to start young. Teach your children to eat the kind of foods that feed their skin, teach them to go into the sun safely, teach them to stay hydrated and to exercise regularly and you’ll be giving them a lifetime of healthy, glowing skin. If you feed your skin from the inside, then feeding your skin from the outside will be less onerous – it would be a way of topping up the good work you’re already doing internally.”
Healthy skin doesn’t happen by accident, but if you look after it properly, it will reward your efforts with a radiant glow that is beautiful at any age.