A friend of mine posted some photos on social media recently that were stunning. Granted my friend is gorgeous, but what I really noticed was her skin. It radiated a dewy smoothness that looked surreal. I asked her if this was some kind of Instagram filter that I needed to know about! And yes, she is an aesthetican so I know she has beautiful skin but really this was “extra”, as my teenage daughter likes to say.
It got me thinking what gives that extra glow to one’s skin? And how can I get more of it? As a holistic health coach, I believe that health and beauty come from the inside out. In the ancient ayurvedic medical tradition, the skin is considered an outward reflection of how healthy you are on the inside. The skin is our largest organ, does a lot of detox work for us, and also shows us if things are out of balance on the inside.
How do you know if something’s off on the inside?
Some skin symptoms are obvious and some are not so obvious. Here are a few of the ways your skin is telling you that things are not perfect on the inside. Of course, please consult a doctor if any of these symptoms are severe.
- blotchy complexion
- dull, grey complexion
- dark circles under your eyes
- puffy skin
Here are five easy things to try that may help you get your glow on.
1. Eliminate dairy.
Many people are intolerant to dairy and don’t realize it. In fact, there are many experts in the health world currently questioning whether dairy is good for any human to eat. It is really meant for baby cows, if you think about it. In any case, many skin issues, acne being the biggest, are greatly reduced by eliminating dairy from the diet.
2. Drink more water.
Most people are dehydrated! Water is essential for all cell function but is absolutely required to get that dewy glow that I noticed my friend had. Divide your weight in pounds in half and that’s how many fluid ounces you should drink in a day. Yes, non-caffeinated beverages count. Water is also crucial in the next suggestion on my list.
Doing a whole food detox a couple of times a year does wonders for your skin. I recommend eating lots of veggies, fruit, seeds, and minimal clean animal protein, while eliminating dairy, grains, eggs, soy, nuts, sugar, and alcohol for seven days. If you add the eliminated foods back in one at a time, you can test yourself for intolerances. But just doing the detox will give your liver and kidneys a break and flush out some of the gunk clogging up your digestion and elimination systems, adding to your healthy glow.
This is good for you in so many ways but exercising will definitely bring that healthy glow to your skin. Exercise moves the lymphatic fluid that flows in a network just under your skin, which is in charge of eliminating the toxins we are exposed to on a daily basis. Not only that but exercise gets your heart pumping blood throughout your body, feeding your cells oxygen and nutrients. You may even sweat which is another way your body detoxes impurities and helps with that dewy complexion.
5. Use non-toxic skincare.
The skincare industry is unregulated in the U.S. and many companies use ingredients that are very harsh or toxic to our systems. Some are even known to be cancer causing. I feel strongly about this particular category because I suspect my two cancers very likely got their start by a chemical exposure from the personal care industry. Could have been my deodorant, could have been my hair dye. Could have been an anti-aging ingredient in my moisturizer. Who knows? Please read labels and educate yourself on the potentially hazardous ingredients in your skincare products. I love and now use Neal’s Yard Remedies organic products out of the U.K. They are a family owned and operated, fair-trade, completely non-toxic skincare and wellness company with a mission I can stand behind. Read more about them and their products here.
Summer is a great time to focus on your skin. Let the sun kiss your face a bit, get out an exercise, drink plenty of water and moisturize with non-toxic lotions. Eat light and refreshing veggies and fruit and see if this boosts the radiance of your skin.
Let me know in the comments below, which suggestion you will try first!