Our skin is our largest organ and it’s also an indicator of our internal health. Mind and body imbalances on the inside often externally fare up on our skin. Common skin ailments include acne, eczema, psoriasis, hives and athletes foot. Keeping a combined food skin diary may give us an idea of those foods we are intolerant or allergic to which may be contributing to a skin problem. Whilst we can cover up our skin with make-up and fake tan, it is important not to ignore what our natural skin tone and colour is telling us. Here are some general skin dos and don’ts:
- Keep skin clean and dry and not vigorously scrub any problematic areas.
- Eat the rainbow in fruits and vegetables daily to get adequate antioxidant and beta-carotene levels.
- Get more fats from oily fish, flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds and walnuts and eliminate margarine and deep fried foods from your diet.
- Go to bed at a regular time and get good quality sleep to strengthen your immune system.
- Learn how to deal effectively with stress as stress makes skin problems worse.
- Drink dandelion tea for a general detox.
- Boost circulation with stretching or yoga.
- Use a thyme and camomile infusion as a skin wash if you want to reduce inflammation and prevent bacteria build up.
- Expose your skin to chemical fumes and always wear gloves when working with chemicals like bleach.
- Use skin products that prevent your skin from sweating. Sweating is one of the ways your body removes bacteria and toxins from inside.
- Consume large amounts of sugars and processed starches like biscuits, sweets, cakes, pasta and bread.
- Spend lots of time in adrenaline creating situations such as stressful work environments, in intense exercise regimes and unhappy relationships. Negative people are best avoided too!