As the saying goes, “beauty comes from within”. Just as your face can betray your emotions, your skin can betray your inner health. Poor skin condition is often the body’s method of communicating that deeper internal problems may exist. Dry flaky skin may indicate that you don’t have enough oils in your diet or are not drinking enough water. Spotty skin may indicate that the liver is under pressure. So to achieve beautiful skin we have to treat from the inside out!
Proper nourishment for the skin is vital. Junk foods need to be curtailed. Wholesome nutrient rich foods such as fresh fruit and vegetables, wholegrains, nuts and seeds are important. Skin boosting nutrients include essential fatty acids, Vitamin A, B vitamins, Zinc, Selenium and Vitamin E. Zinc is a particularly potent antioxidant for the skin but it also helps with wound healing and laying down collagen. Zinc deficiency has been shown to exacerbate eczema and acne conditions so supplementing with Zinc would be recommended in such cases. Vitamin A, often taken as Beta Carotene supports healthy skin renewal, provides antioxidant protection against UV rays and regulates skin pigmentation.
Incorporate some flax seed oil into the diet and drinking about 1½ litres of water per day should make a significant difference. Skin gets thirsty too! You may also benefit from taking some Silica, which provides the skin with the building blocks it needs to repair damage and renew skin cells. Silica needs to be taken for several months to achieve firm and smooth skin.
The Digestive system and skin tend to be very closely connected. If you tend to suffer from sluggish bowels on a regular basis, it may well be affecting the condition of your skin. If wastes are not eliminated efficiently, they accumulate within the bloodstream and are re-cycled in the liver. If you feel that your liver is a bit sluggish and overloaded, you may benefit from taking a combination of Milk Thistle and Dandelion which will gently aid the elimination of toxins from the liver and help to regenerate liver cells.