16 Aug 6 Tips for Naturally Radiant Skin
Beauty, they say, goes only skin-deep. But the importance of skin goes a lot deeper. What most people don’t know is that your overall skin health is disproportionately determined by your inner layer of skin (dermis), as opposed to the outer layer (epidermis).
Our faces are like magic mirrors reflecting the inner workings of our bodies, and conditions like acne, premature wrinkles, inflammation, and other skin-related conditions are all indications of something going on at a much deeper level.
It can be really tempting to search for a miracle cream or lotion that will fix your skin problems if you’re feeling desperate, but the majority of these products yield little to no actual benefit. Anti-ageing cleansers, moisturisers, and creams work to artificially tighten and (temporarily) improve the appearance of fine lines, but they don’t replenish or improve the skin from a foundational level.
So what are the best ways to get beautiful skin from the inside out? The best strategy for radiant, youthful skin is to avoid these 5 ‘collagen crunchers’
Do not excessively expose yourself to the sun’s rays, because what’s surprising to most people is that sunscreens do not offer as much protection as you might think. Sunscreens only protect you from UV light, but 80% of sunlight is from the infrared and visible spectrum. Infrared and visible light particles penetrate the epidermis and strike other molecules, creating free radicals which directly damages collagen. To be protected you MUST block both UVA and UVB! Look for zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.
The problem is that the majority of the information on the front packaging of many sun care products are false, exaggerated and, at times, outright lies! This information unfortunately is not regulated. As an example, the SPF number is used only as a marketing tool to help sell the product and is not an indication of the amount of protection you should expect.
Wear sunscreen if your skin is sensitive but be aware that some products contain chemicals that become carcinogens when exposed to sunlight such as oxybenzone whilst prolonged use of sunscreen results to a vitamin D deficiency. Also wear protective clothing and eyewear that shields you from harmful rays.
The free radicals generated by toxic chemicals, especially those coming from cigarette smoke, are extremely damaging to collagen. While it’s nearly impossible to avoid toxins altogether, make a point to become “toxin aware.”
Sugar & starch
Glucose molecules, found in starch and sugar products, attach themselves to collagen strands and causes them to collapse. If you make a habit of consuming high carb, processed foods, plan on accelerated skin ageing and wrinkling at almost double the normal rate!
It’s well documented that chronic emotional stress is linked with increased risk of physical disease, but stress also contributes to accelerated physical ageing. Chronic stress speeds cellular division, which contributes to skin cells dying at a more rapid rate. If you find yourself under chronic stress, make a point to practice breathing exercises, meditation, or try natural substances known to have calming effects like L-theanine and ashwagandha.
Excessive alcohol consumption
Consuming alcohol in moderation may have benefits, such as improved cardiovascular health. But it’s no surprise that excessive alcohol consumption has been linked to accelerated ageing. Alcohol itself is a toxin that dehydrates our skin cells, negatively impacts Vitamin A levels (which are important for collagen production), and reduces the body’s ability to filter toxins. Enjoy an occasional glass of wine, but keep alcohol intake to a reasonable amount and your skin will thank you.
Hydrate from the inside out
Always choose filtered water, organic foods, and natural cleaning solutions. Choosing foods and supplements that contain therapeutic amounts of the most important skin-protecting antioxidants slow down the process of skin ageing. Green leafy vegetables like kale, spinach, and collards, as well as yellow-orange vegetables like carrots and peppers, contain potent antioxidants called lutein and zeaxanthin. Vitamin B not only increases blood flow to your cells, but it’s also integral to skin generation and slowing the signs of ageing. Other similar antioxidants are found in blueberries and blackberries. Look for supplements with high concentrations of lutein, zeaxanthin, resveratrol, french maritime pine bark, and berry extracts. These important antioxidants accumulate in skin layers and directly protect against the damaging effects of free radicals.