Ensuring the skin is kept healthy and radiant is all about ensuring that we are looking after our bodies in a holistic, loving and nourishing way – both inside and out. The skin is the largest organ in the body and it is important to provide it with the many nutrients it needs to build a strong and healthy barrier. We are all entitled to radiant
luminous skin, and these are the three principles I promote when it comes to daily skin care.
Our skin cells have an external barrier that is made of fat, known as a double lipid fatty layer. This means that our skin loves fat! So do not be scared to add pure oils such as coconut oil, cacao butter, shea butter, sunflower seed oil, vitamin E and jojoba oil onto the skin – it won’t make it greasy. In fact, these oils will absorb quickly, balance the skin’s oil production and hydrate the skin to diminish fine lines and wrinkles for a youthful and healthy complexion.
To ensure the skin is hydrated both inside and out, however, we need to go beyond just lathering our favourite oils onto the skin. We can hydrate our skin from the inside by including healthy fats in our diet. The omega-3 fats EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) have been shown to preserve the skin-firming protein collagen and to reduce inflammation of the skin. Plant based fats such as coconut oil, olive oil, avocado and nuts are also rich in Omega-3s. Try to incorporate these healthy fats into your daily diet for smooth glowing skin.
Antioxidants protect the skin by limiting the production of free radicals, which can damage skin cells. Foods which are high in antioxidants include berries, cherries, carrots, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, kale and superfoods such as kamu kamu, macqui, pomegranate and acai.
Antioxidants in skin care products can also do a lot for the health and appearance of the skin, including reducing fine lines, calming inflamed skin, and tightening and toning. Vitamins A, C and E and the mineral selenium are of particular benefit. In addition to helping fortify cells against free radicals, vitamins A and C also encourage cell and tissue growth, assisting the body in repairing itself.
When purchasing skin care products I always recommend that my clients ensure there are a variety of antioxidants within the ingredients list, such as acerola, rosehip and pomegranate. Australian extracts including Kadadu Plum, Wattle Seed, Desert Lime and Davidson Plum are also known to be some of the world’s highest plant based sources of antioxidants.
3. BEST PRACTICE SKIN CARE
When it comes to maintaining the skin externally, having a daily routine which includes cleansing and moisturising is critical. Cleansing ensures that impurities are removed from the skin on a daily basis, while moisturising ensures the skin is kept firm, supple and hydrated. I always recommend natural products as the body absorbs over 60% of what is placed on the skin.
My philosophy is built on the “edible beauty” principle. That is, do not place anything on your skin that you would not also put in your mouth. If you can follow this practice and look out for products which are rich in natural oils and antioxidants, you will be rewarded with the benefits of a healthy, natural and radiant glow both inside and out.
Anna Mitsios is an Australian Naturopath & Nutritionist, whose love of herbal and natural ingredients provided her with a vision to create The Beauty Apothecary, a luxurious “edible beauty” brand. 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.