I’ve done some strange things for my skin and they range from the painful, to the un-tasty, or super #extra, but I stick with them. Why? Because I think that you’ve got to be good inside to look good outside.
This is a great read by Women’s Health explaining the importance of gut health to skin health to explain why.
FOODS, SUPPLEMENTS AND SPICES: I take zinc in the morning for strong nails, wound repair and nail health, as well as a shot of apple cider vinegar. Oil-pulling when I can remember (I wish this was more often because it is so good for teeth whitening and a general fresh-feeling). Bone broth sometimes but I find the taste very fatty. It’s best with raw, crushed garlic. I also add lots of turmeric and cayenne pepper to my food and sometimes my drinks. I also eat plenty of garlic, olive oil, tomatoes, dark green leaves, avocado, red onion, lemons … super colourful, Mediterranean flavours. I figure yia-yias and nonnas have amazing skin, so why not give it a go? Besides, it’s a yum way to eat. Moisturise from the inside out!
At work, I’ll switch up my normal coffee for a turmeric latte, because coffee can be a little brutal on the tum.
There’s only a few places in Sydney that do turmeric lattes really really well – Di Bella is one of them! It’s good on coconut milk. I have tried a tea marketing itself as a skin boosting tea. It was not good. If you can find tasty (or at least not nasty-tasting) skin-boosting tea, please tell me! I’m a huge fan of herbal tea but not too keen on those that taste like the water left over after steaming vegies…
If my tummy is super-painful or a bit puffy then I love this gut healing elixir by Jessica Sepel. It has cinnamon, coriander seeds, fennel seeds, cayenne pepper, fresh ginger and probiotic powder. I swear by it and I’ve even managed to get Mr Leaf on board. It’s spicy and interesting and very soothing. It also lasts for a few cups and because I’m never without a cup of tea, this is super-attractive in my eyes.
At night is when I go BEYOND EXTRA. I’ve been taking The Beauty Chef’s Glow powder and Collagen Inner Beauty Boost liquid. This leads me to discuss …
PROBIOTICS: My probiotics are so important to me. Ever noticed that when your tummy is peelie-wally, your skin usually looks a bit dull and sad? Maybe you get a pimple or it’s flaky? That’s not your imagination. If you’ve heard of Dr Perricone’s diet, you’ll know why this theory has some weight to it. Because being healthy and looking after yourself shows itself in many different ways – especially on your body’s biggest organ.
I’m prone to tummy troubles and have always had painful acne. Not the all-over-my-face type of acne, but several red, hot and sore zits in painful places. They like to set up camp on my chin and cheeks and settle in for a few good weeks. When I was a teenager they loved my eyebrows, the bridge of my nose and the fleshy parts of my cheeks. Ow. And of course they scarred! Not fun! As previously mentioned, I think 27 is too old to be getting these nasty break-outs.
Enter The Beauty Chef Carla Oates, whose philosophy is “beauty begins in the belly”. I like that. You can read about Carla’s ethos here. I’ve noticed my skin dryness has improved but wow, my fiance’s skin has never.looked.better. It’s plump and glowing and his beardy ingrown hairs are much improved. I’m frankly a little jealous, maybe I have a lot of damage to reverse?
I struggle a bit with the sweet sweet sweeeeeet taste of the Collagen drink, but I mix the Glow powder and Collagen drink into a paste and add a tiny bit of water to make it into a shot. Then I can get it down no problems. But that’s just me – he loves how it tastes.
TOPICALLY: I really, really wanted to like Mario Badescu’s drying lotion as much as everyone else. I really did. But it just doesn’t work for my angry, hormonal, cystic pimples. So instead I’ll dab apple cider vinegar on it when the heat and tingling hits and then hope for the best. It stings but as far as I’m concerned, that means it’s working! I am a naughty squeezer but sometimes that’s the only way to truly slay a zit. I do concede, however, that it’s a bit safer to have an expert do it, as well as much more hygienic. Maybe I should put a post-it on the mirror? I also use the Dr Spiller range advised by my dermal therapist and it’s soothing, not overly fragranced and feels very luxe on the skin.
EPSOM SALT BATHS: I believe in the power of sweat! Personally I feel better when I sweat heaps. My favourite ways to do this are through bikram yoga and hot epsom salt baths, with a little lavender and tea tree thrown in FOR THE PAIN. As well as decreasing bloating and water retention, I swear my skin looks more moisturised and brighter for a good sweat purge.
LINEN: A clean towel for my face each time (always) and same for my pillowcases. Can’t emphasise the importance of this enough, because bacteria. Needn’t say more.
WATER: I’ve put this last because it’s the one thing that sounds completely cliched but it’s not! I’ve bought a glass water bottle and have never drunk so much water in my life. Win for the environment, win for my skin, win for my body.
A quick disclaimer: I’m not an expert in things food, health etc. So please do ask someone professional and get your own plan sorted. You’ll feel so much better for it!