If you thought skincare was a one-dimensional routine, think again. Our bodies are made up of many separate, but connected organs and if you neglect one, you neglect them all. In order to really care for your outer layer, you must make sure that your insides are cared for as well.
Ever heard the phrase, “you are what you eat”?… well, it’s not too far from the truth. Everything we put into our stomach gets absorbed into our bloodstreams in one form or another, and it affects the way our bodies operate. An unbalanced diet can make us tired or sick and, over time, it will destroy our skin.
Making sure our bodies are well nourished is a two-part job. The ingredients we’re consuming should help us protect our skin against toxins as well as usher in valuable nutrients to our bloodstream.
To protect against toxins, limit the number of carbs, processed sugars and fried foods you’re consuming. While they may taste delicious, all of these ingredients do a poor job of nourishing our bodies and in most cases, they even work actively against skin cells.
It’s also good to take note of hormones that can be hiding in some meats and dairy products. We recommend shopping for all-natural products from animals not treated with hormones.
Don’t worry, though, there are plenty of delicious foods rich in the nutrients you need to embrace your healthiest skin. When planning a meal, first make sure you know your Vitamin A, E, Cs.
Foods rich in Vitamin A and E, like salmon, sweet potatoes, winter squash, and sunflowers seeds are a huge boost to the immune system, while Vitamin C helps create collagen (which helps keep skin firm). Great sources of Vitamin C are citrus fruits and green veggies like broccoli and Brussel sprouts.
It’s also important to make sure your diet is high in antioxidants (berries, kale, and dark chocolate) to help combat toxins, fatty acids (eggs and spinach) to help keep skin membranes functioning properly and good oils (sunflower and coconut oil) to provide hydration.
Of course, we can’t leave out the most important ingredient to healthy skin: drinking water (ideally 8 cups a day). Staying hydrated will allow your body to function at its peak and keep skin cells plump and happy.
It may not be a surprise to learn that the products we put on our skin should hold the same qualities as the things we consume. When selecting skincare products it’s important to make sure they can provide adequate hydration, protection, and nourishment. The ingredients in Essence of Humanity’s creams, oils and face washes were uniquely chosen to offer all of the benefits of a healthy diet. In fact, with 100% natural ingredients like rooibos, kiwifruit seed oil, Mafura butter, and raspberries, you may feel like you’re reading a menu instead of the back of a bottle.
That’s just another way aligning your external and internal care will reap huge rewards, because the better you feel the better you look. And vice versa!