Get Your Skin Glowing (Part 1 of 3)

If you have ever struggled with skin issues like I have, you know just how detrimental they can be to your self esteem.

I used to suffer from hormonal acne around my chin, extreme pigmentation and also red blotchy patches.

I had to wear makeup every day to feel normal.

Now, I might not be able to fix your pigmentation with this blog (I had IPL done about nine years ago and I highly recommend it if you do have hyperpigmentation like what I had. I had freckles that had merged into one big brown blotch that ran the length of my cheekbone on my right side, and a smaller blotch on the left side), but I will give you practical and easy suggestions that have helped fix my acne.

Plus also give me a natural colour to my face so that, especially over the last three years, I have been able to wean myself off daily make up wearing. I have even posted make up free pics on my Instagram AND filmed plenty of live videos sans make up. Something the old me NEVER would have done!

So here goes, my top tips for glowing skin!

1. Ditch Dairy

If you are still drinking or eating dairy products and are having regular breakouts, this would be my first recommendation for you to cut from your diet.

All mammals milk contains hormones, those hormones are meant to help a baby bond with its mother to ensure it continues to feed and gets adequate nutrition. They are naturally occuring, but that doesn’t mean that we need them, or that they don’t have impacts on our health.

These hormones can interfere with the hormones our body naturally produces and can throw our natural hormonal production out of whack.

This can lead to hormonal acne especially around that time of the month and on the chin area.

Further to the hormonal aspect is that most dairy products have a high sugar and high fat content, which is bad news for your skin!

2. Work On Your Gut Health

Our skin is our largest detoxification organ, and there is more and more research coming out about the link between our gut and overall health issues, including skin issues.

For so long we have treated skin problems topically, without thinking too much about why they pop up.

Now, as science is evolving, the link between our gut microbiome and skin conditions is starting become more prevalent.

If you have recurring skin issues, look at what you are eating and drinking, and add in foods that will support and help your gut health.

Now, this doesn’t mean you need to go out and start taking probiotics willy nilly.

In fact this could be a waste of money, or counter productive.

If you have an imbalance in your microbiome, or have yeast, candida, or parasites taking a probiotic and hoping for the best will do little to fix your problem.

If you don’t have any available gut wall space, throwing down probiotics won’t help, as they will keep passing right through you.

You need a protocol to ‘kill off’ the baddies while nurturing the goodies.

Foods high in polyphenols such as cloves, star anise, celery seeds etc (you can see a really good blog here https://drjoelkahn.com/10-best-polyphenol-rich-superfoods-eating/ by Dr Joel Kahn on other health benefits of polyphenols as well) help control the bad gut populations, and have a good effect (ie. promote growth) of the good bacteria. So it’s a win win.

Throw in some fermented foods such as kimchi, sauerkraut and kombucha with your polyphenol rich food and you will be cultivating a great microbiome in no time at all (provided you stay away from high fat, high sugar, highly processed foods MOST of the time).

3. Drink Plenty Of Water

Want to glow up?? You need to stay hydrated.

This doesn’t mean you should just drink anything…. You need to drink water!

I know, I know water isn’t that exciting. I used to struggle to drink it too.

I would start with coffee, then have energy drinks, soft drink and alcohol on the weekends.

And my skin looked dull, red, I had big black circles under my eyes and was just a mess.

Drinking a clean, cold, high quality H20 as the Waterboy would say is a huge key to maintaining glowing skin.

Now, if you were like me and having plain water all the time seems a bit of a stretch here are some of my favourite tips to make it a little fancy

  1. Add in fruit, berries, lemon or lime are my faves.
  2. Drink sparkling water. Get plain, don’t get the flavoured stuff, and then add in your own fruit if you need a bit more flavour.
  3. Drink at least 500ml when you first wake up. That way you are hydrated before you even start your day, and before you get busy.
  4. Have a cup of tea. Non caffeinated tea like chamomile, hibiscus, peppermint, rooibos, etc are all great ways to get hydrated.
  5. Drink a glass of water at least 30 minutes before a meal, bonus with this is you will feel fuller and be less likely to overeat at that next meal too… it’s a WIN WIN. 

Remember, when humans first evolved soft drink wasn’t a thing. Our body isn’t designed to run on fizzy drink. It is made for water, so give it what it needs and it will reward you.

I hope you have enjoyed part 1, you can now access part 2 here - https://becomeaplantbasedbabe.com/blogs/news/get-your-skin-glowing-part-2-of-3

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below or post up in the Facebook group. 

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