Our skin is our largest organ and can often be a window into the view of our internal wellbeing. If the Christmas overindulgence of Parties and Mince Pies, has left your skin sallow and breakout prone use these healthy habits to regulate your internal health and get your glow back.
1. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Our bodies need sufficient water to function correctly. Water is nature’s natural internal cleanser, assisting in the elimation of wastes and detoxification of every cell in our bodies, including our skin. If you don’t drink enough, it will show up right where you don’t want it to- on your face, with clogged pores and breakouts. Make sure you drink at least two litres of water per day, and another half litre for every 30 minutes you exercise. Try adding a squeeze of lemon for a refreshing and detoxifying drink.
Warm water is also a great skin cleanser. Wash your face with pure water daily before bed and first thing in the morning.
2. Sweat Daily- Exercising is more than a workout for your body, it is also a workout for your skin. The skin is the body’s largest organ and Sweating is your skin’s natural detoxifying process. It helps cleanse your pores and regulate your oil ducts. Plus it gives you an awesome endorphin rush, which will give you that post exercise glow. To get the best effects, get your heart pumping for at least 30-40 minutes per day. Check out the Lithe Fit and Toned YouTube Channel for some great heart-pumping workouts.
3. Skip the white stuff- Did you know that acne break outs are linked to insulin spikes? Sugar, wheat flour and dairy (except for natural greek yoghurt), spike your insulin levels, playing havoc with your hormones and leading to those pesky break-outs.
A diet high in sugar can also lead to low zinc levels, which are associated with acne sufferers. If you eat a diet high in processed foods and sugar, and are prone to breakouts, taking a zinc supplement may help minimise your acne. Make sure you fill up on nutrient dense, high fibre foods, such as fruits and green veggies, and make sure you include protein at every meal to keep your blood sugar levels stable.
You can learn more about what to eat and when with the Lithe Fit and Toned Nutrition Program.
4. Improve your digestion – Your internal health is linked with your skin health. Having an unhealthy digestive system is linked to acne breakouts. Balance your digestive system and enjoy clear skin by eating a diet that is high in fibre and good bacteria. Eating 3 or more serves of green veggies per day is a great way to ensure you are getting plenty of fibre and nourishing your body with vitamins and minerals. Natural Greek Yoghurt contains good bacteria for a healthy digestive tract. Greek yoghurt is a great high protein snack, and eating it daily ensures your insides stay healthy. Make sure the yoghurt you choose has no sugar, gelatine or thickeners. Don’t like yoghurt? Take a Probiotic supplement.
5. Get some sunshine- Vitamin D helps regulate your hormones and is one of the essential vitamins your body needs to help the skin function properly. Adequate levels help your complexion in a number of ways including: minimising acne as well as boosting collagen, elasticity and overall radiance. So how do you get enough Vitamin D? You need around 15 minutes of sun per day, without sunscreen as this inhibits the absorbtion of Vitamin D, with at least 15 per cent of your skin exposed to the sun. It’s important to get your Vitamin D levels checked regularly with your doctor. If you are deficient you may need to take a supplement.
Include these tips in your daily routine for year round beautiful skin. For more tips like these, get the Lithe Fit and Toned Nutrition Plan, with special discount code ‘springintoshape’
Love Rebekah xo