I spent the bulk of my late 20s and early 30s looking out for the faintest sign of fine lines. To the naked eye they were probably barely there, I count myself pretty lucky as I seem to have inherited my father’s genes and he didn’t show signs of aging until well into his 40s. Needless to say, just like many women, I saw things differently, always on the lookout for a new little wrinkle or zit. In the story that follows, the old saying, you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone, couldn’t be more poignant
I had contemplated Botox, but at 37 years old and a passionate holistic Health and Wellness Coach, it just didn’t sit well. So, I settled for a visit to a dermal therapist, walked away with a couple of heavy-duty Cosmeceuticals and that’s when things start to get real. A highly acidic product blew my mild case of stress-induced eczema out of the water. What began as redness on one eyelid spread to the areas to which I had unwittingly applied an acid based pimple solution. I found myself wishing for my old woes back, fine lines and the occasional zit paled in comparison.
I resided to give myself the same Holistic treatment I would give a client. Here are my 5 tips for reducing redness and eczema, plus a recipe for my Almond Butter & Dark Chocolate Beauty Balls that incorporate key ingredients for beautiful, radiant skin. If noting else, they will surely cure any skin-induced blues.
1. Eat your good fats daily. The essential components of Omega 3s, EPA and DHA are powerful anti-inflammatories and essential for radiant glowing skin. Cold-water fish such as mackerel, salmon and ocean trout are excellent sources of omega 3s as are avocados, chia seeds, walnuts and flaxseeds. The latter are headliners in the recipe below.
2.Try Evening Primrose Oil. The body naturally converts the omega-6 essential fatty acid, Linolenic Acid (LA) into Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA). However, those suffering with Eczema often struggle to make this conversion and their skin benefits from having GLA supplied directly. GLA has been shown to help eczema sufferers absorb fat into their skin. A prime source of GLA, Evening Primrose Oil helps to soften and moisturize the skin.
3. Reduce Stress. Stress can have a severe impact on your skin, reducing collagen and elastin, the two proteins that promote elasticity and a youthful appearance. Compound that with the fact that stress can upset your hormones, resulting in skin conditions such as adult acne and eczema. If you don’t have time to meditate, mindful breathing techniques peppered throughout your day are a wonderful starting point.
4. Reduce Sugar. Reducing your sugar intake is paramount for achieving beautiful skin. I’m a die-hard lover of eating fruits and have spent years sweetening every hot drink with healthy sweeteners from Stevia to honey. However healthy those options may be, sugar is addictive. The more you have, the more accustomed your pallet becomes to sweet tastes. Scrapping sugar from all my daily teas allowed me to take control of my cravings. And if hot drinks no longer taste good, it may be a sign to switch your drinks around.
5. Try this Recipe. These Almond Butter & Dark Chocolate Beauty Balls are designed to combat skin woes and help you on your journey to glowing, clear skin. Guaranteed to combat sweet cravings, yet sweetened only with dates, they are free from refined sugar. Thanks to almond butter and a healthy dose of Linseeds, they are jam packed with good fats, Omega 3 essential fatty acids and Vitamin E plus a host of minerals which help your body create electrolytes, that ultimately aid digestion, nutrient absorption and hydration. Hello, enjoying your sweets guilt free . . .
Almond Butter & Dark Chocolate Beauty Balls
1 cup pitted Medjool Dates
1 cup desiccated coconut, unsweetened 1⁄2 cup LSA
1⁄4 cup almond butter
2tbs organic cocoa
1tsp vanilla essence
3tbs coconut milk
Sprinkle Sea Salt
1⁄2 cup desiccated coconut
1⁄4 cup linseeds
Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender. Blend for around 30 seconds or until a rough cookie dough like mixture forms. Spread the extra coconut and linseeds on to two plates. Using a bowl of warm water to dampen your hands, roll the mixture into small bowls and alternate between rolling in linseeds and coconut. Store in the fridge for 1 week.
A Health and Wellness Coach, passionate recipe developer and wellness writer, Shelley Kamil is a mother of two who works with clients to reach their optimal visions of health and wellness, creating healthy habits to last a lifetime. An ex-stylist and fashion boutique owner, Shelley’s life long love of healthy living grew into a career after studying Holistic Nutrition.
An avid reader, and having studied hundreds of dietary theories, she is forever discovering new research on the latest dietary trends. As a guide on the side, Shelley believes in tailoring nutrition to the individual and teaching clients to truly listen to their own bodies. With an unwavering belief that healthy eating should be joyful and achievable, Shelley introduces clients to a wide variety of fresh, wholesome recipes tailored to their dietary needs. Through individualised, nutritional and lifestyle steps she gently guides clients towards their ultimate Health and Wellness gaols. Helping clients with weight loss, increased energy and vitality, reducing stress and learning to thrive within the realms of dietary requirements.
Driven by her desire to share with the world just how delicious, easy and rewarding clean eating can be, Shelley develops nutrient dense, whole food recipes. Working with clients to establish lasting, healthy, sustainable patterns to continue long into their journey. Her ultimate belief is that when you nourish the body with real, fresh, whole food, it will naturally find it’s way back to its optimal form. Her goal is to see clients find their glow and become their most amazing selves, developing simple strategies to leave clients feeling radiant, well and better than ever.
*Shelley has a Bachelor of Arts and Media Studies and is a Graduate of Integrative Nutrition, New York
* Shelley now also Volunteers as a Health and Wellness Coach with a Community Outreach Program for a Refugee Mother’s Group.