Four fundamentals of healthy glowing skin
In deciding on a first post for wild source wellness(?), I wanted to offer you some immediate take away tips, and also a taste of some of the topics we will dive in deeper with over the coming weeks. My hope is that these four fundamentals of healthy glowing skin will serve to do both.
1. Hydrate well
Hydrate. I know, you’ve heard it millions times already? But are you actually DOING it? And are you doing it well?
Below are 2 tips here for effective hydration.
1. Imagine a dried out pot plant, we’ve all neglected one before, the water just runs straight through the dry soil and out the bottom of the pot, but if regularly watered little and often, that same soil is far more able to retain water, keeping the plant hydrated for longer. Our body works the same way. Don’t forget to drink all day and then down a Litre of water... it doesn’t work that way.
2. When you hear the word hydration, your mind instantly thinks water right? And yes, while pure water is of course vital, true, deep hydration of the body comes from eating plenty of fruits and vegetables. Plants provide the body with water that is bound to (good) sugars and salts that our cells draw in far more readily than water alone. Include Apples, melons, cucumbers, celery, lettuce, berries,
tomatoes... to name but a few!
2. Love your liver
Our skin is our largest organ of detoxification. If our other detoxification systems become over burdened and sluggish, then our skin will take up the slack, leading to break outs of problem skin. Poor diet, toxins in our environment, our home or our skin and body care products, all add to the burden. Everything we put on a skin is absorbed and must be processed and detoxified by the liver.
These are my 3 top liver loving tips:
Fats - they should be high in QUALITY and LOW in quantity (look out for post on healthy fats soon)
Eat plenty of greens and include bile stimulating bitter salad leafs and herbs such as dandelion, artichoke, chicory.
Daily bowel movements - Sluggish digestion is an added burden for the liver and so too the skin, so stay regular!
Clean up your skin care and home cleaning habits, using products with only pure, natural ingredients to reduce the toxic burden.
3. Practice Mindfulness
When we are stressed, whether that’s with relationship issues, work stress, too many emails or kids climbing the walls, our bodies experiences is one of ‘survival’ and for our highly intelligent bodies, survival naturally takes president over everything.. that is to say, stress hormones take priority in the body and other hormones, such as those involved in keeping our skin glowing and blemish free, can get all out of whack because all the nutritional building blocks for making hormones get shunted into making stress hormones. Stress hormones physical age us and make our skin more sensitive and reactive too.
Mindfulness is at the core of the Wild source mantra ‘Rituals not Routines’ We encourage you to make space for mindfulness within your beauty and skincare routines, using it as an opportunity to slow down, connect with your body, using your breath, your touch, and the beauty of the essential oils which work holistically on body mind and spirit to bring you into balance. The positive influence of mindfulness on our hormones our brain chemistry and our physical health as whole, must not be underestimated.
It’s so important to find what works for you, but here are some of my favourite de-stressing. Slowing down and practicing mindfulness in your skin and beauty routines. Meditation, deep breathing, reading, dancing journalling or free writing your thoughts onto paper. Sleeeeeeeeeep! Reducing caffeine, refined sugar and other stimulants.
4.Focus on micronutrients over macronutrients
The term ‘deficiency is excess’ describes our ability to eat a lot of food while still being deficient in important nutrients, and perhaps unsurprisingly with todays average diets, this is not uncommon. Nutrients like anti-oxident vitamin’s C, E and A, and important phyto-chemicals found in fruits and vegetables, as well as the right kinds of healthy fats, are all involved in both healing problem skin, and in
protecting it from damage and premature ageing.
Healthy, beautiful skin requires nourishment both externally and internally, so while Wild Source products have you covered for topical nourishment, what happens on the inside is down to you my friends. But I’m here to help, so look out for posts over the coming weeks where we will be getting a whole lot more
detailed and specific on how to get these, and more, skin loving nutrients in to your diet. I would love to hear from you, what questions or confusions around natural skin care and nutrition do you have that I can help to shed some light on? Do write to me and let me know how I can best serve you.
Have a wonderful week!