When it comes to detoxifying our bodies we often think only about what we are putting inside our bodies and not so much what we are applying on the outside. Given that we absorb 60% of what is put on our skin, what we put on and what we leave off our skin becomes just as important as what we are putting on the inside. This year, start thinking about detoxifying your beauty regime, on the inside and out. Below I provide a few tips on how to get started.
Let’s Clean Things Up
Cleansing the body on both the inside and out will benefit the skin by lightening the body’s toxin load, resulting in more radiant, vital and youthful skin.
Inside: Cleansing and purifying the skin from the inside can be as easy as incorporating more living raw foods into the diet. Aiming for a diet which includes 75% raw foods for a period of a month or more provides the liver with the ability to repair and cleanse. This has flow on effects to the skin. Removing the toxin overload the liver is dealing means it no longer has to dump an overload of toxins through the skin surface. Raw foods are also rich in enzymes and nutrients, taking the load off your digestive system. This leaves you with that sought after glow in the skin and a sparkle in the eyes.
Outside: When it comes to purifying our skin care routine, one of the essentials is weeding out any products which are laden with sulfates, parabens, PFCs etc. This is crucial as these ingredients are being absorbed into the body. Worse still, they are often bypassing the digestive system which means the liver does not have a chance to release them so they may be deposited directly into tissue cells. One of the easiest way to clean up your skin care routine is to do some investigative work on the products you use most often and checking their ingredients list. If you wouldn’t put the ingredient in your beauty smoothie then you shouldn’t be putting it on your skin!
Hydrate Hydrate Hydrate
Did I mention hydrating?! Hydrating is one of the most crucial variables in the appearance of plump, healthy and youthful skin. The skin contains about 64% water, so it makes sense that we need to ensure we are boosting hydration from the inside and out.
Inside: Aim to have at least 1.5 to 2 litres of water daily to keep both the body and skin hydrated. Be cautious of activities which are particularly dehydrating on the skin such as coffee, alcohol, air conditioning, and long hours of exercise without replenishment.
Outside: We love any product which improves the skin’s hydration. One of my favourite
ingredients for hydration is hyaluronic acid (plant-derived). This ingredient is found in the greatest concentration in the skin’s cells. It provides continuous moisture to the skin by binding up to 1000 times its weight in water. It acts like filling-spheres, plumping up the skin’s volume and fullness for naturally younger-looking skin. When applied topically, hyaluronic acid acts as a barrier to prevent water loss throughout the day – increasing the skin’s suppleness and giving an amazing plump to the face whilst also supporting collagen production. Hyaluronic acid can be found in many anti-ageing products. Search for a product that is vegan which ensures that the hyaluronic acid is plant and not animal derived.
Turn On That Glow
Radiance or that outer glow is often a product of what we are putting inside our bodies. Healthy fats and antioxidants are the key to getting that elusive glow. Skin cells are made up of a double lipid layer of fats which means that in addition to water our skin loves fats! Antioxidants work on protecting the skin by limiting the production of free radicals, which can damage skin cells. Antioxidants taken internally decrease the risk of sun and other environmental damage by neutralising wrinkle-causing free radicals.
Inside: My favourite internal glow generators when it comes to healthy fats include flaxseed oil, avocadoes, hemp seeds, chia seeds and coconut oil. These foods are abundant in fatty acids which work to nourish and hydrate the skin from the inside out. One of the most effective face glow generators in my clinic experience is flaxseed oil – aim to have 1 tablespoon daily. Foods which are particularly good to look out for when it comes to antioxidants include those that are beaming with colour – this includes berries, cherries, carrots, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, kale and superfoods such as kamu kamu, macqui, pomegranate and acai.
Outside: Oil based moisturisers are wonderful at protecting your skin from moisture loss. The oil will absorb quickly and work to balance the skin’s oil production to diminish fine lines and wrinkles for a youthful and healthy complexion. Search for a product that is abundant in fatty acids from coconut oil, shea butter and cacao butter. Hydrating masks are also a wonderful way of providing a boost to the skin and can be applied on the skin with a thick layer overnight – providing the ultimate repair and restoration.
Antioxidants in skin care products can do a lot for the health and appearance of the skin, including reducing fine lines, calming inflamed skin, and tightening and toning. The skin loves antioxidants which come from a variety of sources. Ingredients particularly high in antioxidants include Acerola, Fruit Extracts and Pomegranate. Australian extracts including Kakadu Plum, Wattle Seed, Desert Lime and Davidson Plum are known to be some of the world’s highest plant based sources of antioxidants.
As a naturopath, Anna Mitsios is a strong believer in the incredible power of herbs and natural foods to transform, nourish and revitalize our lives. Anna’s focus is on the importance of using nutrition and natural products to promote vibrance and vitality. Her love of herbal and natural ingredients led her to create Edible Beauty Australia, a luxurious edible botanical product range including skin care and teas. Anna is committed to creating products founded on naturopathic philosophies, using exotic, natural and certified organic ingredients and encouraging her clients and people who use her skin care to nourish their skin, from the inside out. Anna firmly believes that we can all be beautiful by nurturing our body, mind and soul.