People often ask us why they don’t have the skin they want despite doing everything they’re supposed to - from eating well to religiously cleansing, toning and moisturising. As a result more and more people are turning to the 'beauty from within' approach in the hope that by looking a bit deeper they can target specific systems that work in synergy with the skin. When you think about it, it makes sense that a patch of eczema is linked to something internally, and that our acne flair up is worse when we have bad digestion; but exactly how to manage this is not generally well understood.
The skin is a complex organ that relies enormously on the inner functioning's of the body - digestion, hormones, immunity and adrenals all play a part. If there isn't a strong synergy between these organs then problems such as stubborn acne, eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis; or simply as dull, listless skin can manifest.
Seems complicated we realise, and so we have put together a simple four step guide to supporting your skin from the inside - if nothing else is working then try one or all of these and you should start to notice some results!
Get your Vitamin D
Vitamin D is vital for several of the systems that your skin needs to function properly– detoxification, immunity, brain function, hormones, digestion being but a few. It therefore simply isn't possible to be truly healthy if you're deficient in vitamin D.
We also recommend supplementing with D3 cholecalciferol over the winter months, especially if you spend time inside. 400iu daily is the safe and recommended daily dose from the government. We also recommend ideally testing your blood levels before deciding whether you need more than this. As well as supplements (Equi products all have 400iu per dose) mushrooms (leave them out in the light to increase vitamin D) avocado and oily fish also contain some vitamin D.This is why skin conditions often clear up when we migrate to hotter climates where the sun shines - as well as the fact that there is a distinct lack of stress! At this time of year in the northern hemisphere vitamin D level can dwindle, especially if we work indoors; so take steps to get more in from other sources to prevent it dipping too much.
Top Up Your Silica
We know vitamin C and zinc are good for skin, but it doesn’t end there. Enter silica - a mineral that is totally essential for that next-level dewy glow. Needed to synthesize new collagen, which helps keep our skin strong and elastic, silica helps reduce the tendency for fine lines to develop.
Cucumbers are a fantastic source, and are an especially fantastic skin food given they are mostly water, and are also a rich source of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. Leeks, green beans, celery, rhubarb and oats are also good sources of silica. The silica in Equi's Beautiful (our skin product) comes from bamboo sources, which is the most effective way to obtain this nutrient.
Get The Right Types of Antioxidants
Antioxidants are synonymous with younger, age resistant skin largely owing to their ability to protect our cells from the damage caused by harmful free radicals, which we are all exposed to at every moment. Though the body is able to create antioxidants itself to balance intake of free radicals, there is no doubt that it needs a helping hand, especially if you frequently travel on planes, drink alcohol, smoke or don't get enough sleep.
But it isn't as simple as just eating blueberries. Different antioxidants protect our cells in different ways and shield us from different free radical compounds that can cause damage in different ways. To really get next level beautiful and radiant skin it's vital to get a whole complex of antioxidants from different sources. The pigment in fruit/vegetables is largely owing to antioxidants, so the more colour on your plate the better. Superfoods are turbocharged with antioxidants so try these daily and also aim to get in sources from nuts, oily fish, beans, pulses, green tea, ginger, garlic, parsley, turmeric and other spices such as cinnamon and cayenne pepper.
There are trillions of bacteria living inside the body and though we wouldn't naturally link them to skin, in fact imbalances in the bacteria in the gut can contribute to skin issues in many ways. This is largely owing to their involvement with detoxification, immunity, hormone balance, nutrient absorption, inflammation and anti-bacterial activity.
Because our bacteria are incredibly sensitive to the environment, antibiotics, the pill, too much sugar, alcohol and a whole host of other things can also disrupt it.
Eat foods rich in probiotics such as natural sugar free yoghurt, kefir, sauerkraut, pickled veg, miso and tempeh. Also consider supplementing with a good quality probiotic as these top levels up more effectively.
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