Your skin might resemble a leathery old boot, your hands might feel like orange peel, and your energy levels might be slumping around somewhere in the gutter, but never fear – there is hope for us yet, and we’ve rounded up the best of what’s on offer in the market for skincare, nutritional advice and products to make you literally glow with health.
If you’re looking for a body and skin that radiates from within, you’ll need to pay attention to both your diet, nutrition and general wellbeing if you want to ensure that your complexion reflects optimum health. Eli Sarre, qualified Nutritional Therapist, of Wildfare Nutrition based in Bristol, suggests a few, straightforward tips to incorporate into your daily routine as a good starting point:
“If you’re feeling bloated or have emotional or neurological symptoms the first place to turn is the digestive system. The Functional Medicine 5R approach is a comprehensive and systematic approach to healing the gut and digestive system, the brain, immune system, urogenital area and the respiratory tract. This protocol focusses first on what needs to be removed from the diet and environment, this might be refined carbohydrates or trans fats for example. Stress or infection may also need to be addressed. Simply taking these things out of the diet or taking steps towards improving the environment can help a client feel much better within a few weeks.” Eli explains.
Eli’s food philosophy is that our diets should be as close as possible to their natural state. This means eating the food our bodies have naturally evolved to use as fuel. Food does not need to cause harm to our bodies, food does not need to cause harm to our environment, and food does not need to cause harm to farmers and producers in developing countries. Eli is committed to finding this balance in her work alongside clients and is able to help you achieve your personal goals. She takes a holistic approach so as to ensure that all aspects of the person are nurtured and addressed:
“Nutritional therapy is a complementary medicine designed to work alongside conventional medicine and it operates using a very different approach. I like to think of this as like the roots and the leaves of a tree. For each person, the leaves show the symptoms such as arthritic pain, rashes, bloating, IBS. Nutritional therapy examines the root causes of imbalance – perhaps poor diet, stress, pollution, and by resolving the mechanisms which contribute to disease we are in the position to reverse or control the progression of health or disease states.” Eli explains.
- Blood sugar balancing is a good foundation for achieving steady energy levels during the day. Concentrate on combining complex carbohydrates such as squash, sweet potato, beetroot, quinoa, and brown rice with plenty of vegetables.
- Ensure you are eating natural organic wholefoods and taking in adequate protein each day.
- For clear skin I would suggest reducing caffeine intake; swap with hot water and lemon, herbal tea or pure filtered water. Aim for 1.5 – 2L per day according to exercise levels.
- Increasing fibre intake is a target here – think 9 a day!
- You may also like to have your EFA levels checked or increase Essential Fatty Acids in the diet from salmon, mackerel, sardines, flax seeds and walnuts. Aim to include oily fish 3 x week or try a reputable EFA supplement which will be tested for impurities.
- I would recommend magnesium to help control stress and unwind, vitamin D is important in the UK during winter months.
- Follow a reputable nutritionist on social media and be careful of diet plans as these can place the body under stress.
- Include plenty of antioxidants in your diet – either in a supplement or functional food or through plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables.
Eli offers online consultations as well as face to face appointments, including a nutritional assessment and follow up care. Her website can be found here.
Lucy Patterson at Southville Nutrition and her assistant Milagros Gonzalez Braconi have offered some nutritional tips, too:
- Ask for professional advice to keep track of your new start and meal planning.
- Make a commitment that lasts the whole year.
- Limit your use of sugar and sweet products.
- Consume less processed food.
- Start a training program. Exercising not only helps to keep a balanced body composition but it also produces hormones such as dopamine, serotonin and endorphin, that reduces stress.
- Control the stress. Stress can produce substances which contribute to the accumulation of fat in the abdominal area.
- Drink more water.
- Limit salt and alcohol intake.
- Quit smoking.
- Enjoy life.
Understanding the impact that different nutrients and food groups have on the body can give you more reason to stay motivated and stick to the resolutions.
Southville Nutrition recommend increasing your intake of complex carbohydrates rather than the simple carbohydrates that turn into sugar if not metabolised properly. Complex carbohydrates include whole grains, starchy vegetables and legumes. Many of them are good sources of fibre, vitamins and minerals.
Now that we have dealt with the underlying causes of diet and nutrition, it’s time to turn towards the best of the products currently on the market for beautiful and radiant skin. These affordable, professional additions to your skincare routine will soon have you feeling fit, fab and ready for summer!
Aveda’s new Tourmaline range utilises the natural anti-oxidant effects of this naturally occurring gemstone. With a holistic approach to beauty and skincare, Aveda believe in accentuating the inner vitality of a person – with their products designed to sweep away impurities to reveal softer, smoother skin.
Aveda Tourmaline Charged Radiance Fluid (RRP: £35/30ml) is our favourite choice for giving tired skin a quick boost. Pumped full of vitamins and essential minerals, the active ingredient of Tourmaline works to heal and protect the skin when activated by warmth and rubbed on to the skin. The absorption of nutrients into the skin is increased and the energising properties of the crystals help to deliver vitality and give skin a youthful, radiant glow. This formula helps to protect from free radical damage that can result in premature signs of aging.
For micro-targeting of specific areas, we love Aveda’s Green Science Firming Eye Cream (RRP: £38/15ml). Harnessing a skin-renewing blend of high-tech plant ingredients to moisturize and smooth fine lines, it helps improve visible skin firmness and strengthen the skin’s barrier function.
Neal’s Yard Wild Rose Beauty Balm (£38/50ml) has a subtle, springlike scent and is the perfect choice for soothing weary skin and relaxing you with its healing, aromatherapy properties. For over a decade, Wild Rose Beauty Balm has delighted Neal’s Yard Remedies customers with its ability to help smooth skin and restore natural radiance. Wild Rose Beauty Balm is 99% organic and can be used as a rich exfoliating cleanser, a balancing mask or a deeply nourishing and protecting balm for dry or dehydrated skin. Enriched with rosehip seed oil, which is a natural source of vitamin A, as well as geranium, borage, patchouli and hemp seed oil to help decongest and enrich the skin.
We also love their Detox Toning Oil (£15.50/100ml) with a stimulating combination of lemon, black pepper and frankincense oils to strength and tone your skin. With regular use, it can help to eliminate toxins from the body and is a popular choice for lymphatic drainage as used by trained aromatherapists.
For the all-encompassing next step to your skincare routine, we tried Neal’s Yard Natural Detox Kit (£38.56) – an organic blend of purifying chlorella, spirulina and wheatgrass that will help to revitalise your system, rebalance your emotions, boost your immunity and restore your skin’s natural glow. Just add a scoop of the natural powder to your smoothie, and feel the benefits.