Pimples, rashes and irritated skin can mean that your body is having a hard time processing the toxins that have built up in your body. I have recently realised that what you put on your body is just as important as what you put in it. It is easy to forget that when your put something on your skin it is directly absorbed into your bloodstream that circulates around the body. This makes it even more important to reduce the chemical load in your life by simply changing what you put on your skin. Here are a few simple things that you can do everyday to lessen the synthetic load on your body:
- Drink more water! Seriously do it. Have lemon and hot water, tea, water, smoothies, freshly juiced vegetable juices or whatever else floats your boat to keep hydrated. The lymphatic system is directly linked to the body’s fluid content so that there is enough water to flush the toxins into the kidney and liver for removal from the body.
- Move. Find something that you enjoy and keep at it. Some days just a good old boogie at home to some pumping music is all you need! It’s the every day part that is the most important but listen to your body first and foremost. Any type of daily movement will prevent the lymphatic system from soaking up the toxins.
I have made a few simple changes to the products that I use everyday and none of them are super expensive. I hardly have to buy new products anymore but for the things that I do use I am conscious that it will have less of a long-term impact on my health than the products that I used to use. Here are some of my favourite natural products that I use on a daily basis: Oasis Rhino Repair, face and body moisturisers from the Sukin range, Free deodorant, Lucas’ Pawpaw lipbalm and Eco Store body wash.
How many times have you seen someone studying the outside of a product before deciding which brand to buy? Never is the answer. If my family hadn’t changed to a natural brand, I would have lived my whole life never thinking twice about it.
After trying every cream under the sun to cure my eczema, I came across Rhino Repair. This NZ made product is the best cream that I have ever used for dry skin and it smells amazing! It only contains natural ingredients such as apricot, rosehip, chamomile and lavender – you can almost eat it!
I can’t recommend using almond oil as a make up remover enough! I swear by this stuff as it is the only thing you will ever need after a night out! You can also use it on the rest of your body as a natural hydrating oil. The best part is that it doesn’t sting your face or leave it crying out for some TLC! I apply it just before bed so that I don’t have to worry about looking too oily.
Eating foods that have vitamins A, C, E and K as well as the B vitamins are also great for amazing skin.
Vitamins C and E work against free radicals that damage the skin and cause wrinkles. Kiwifruit and citrus are good sources of vitamin C and vitamin E is found in nuts, seeds and egg yolks.
Dry, flaky skin or scalp can be caused vitamin A deficiency because the skin’s tissue is maintained and repaired by vitamin A. Orange vegetables such as pumpkin, orange kumara and carrots are all sources of vitamin A.
The B vitamin, biotin is an important vitamin for beauty because it is related to how your skin, nails and hair look. Itchy, scaly skin can be caused by not eating enough bananas, eggs and brown rice.
One of the most hated things about skin is acne but it can just be caused by zinc deficiency. Zinc is found in red meat, sunflower and pumpkin seeds and clears up the skin by controlling oil production.
Most people know that eating salmon is so good for you because of its healthy fish oil. This oil has essential fatty acids that are amazing if your skin is dry, prone to inflammation and breaks out into black/ white heads. The ratio of essential fatty acids in someone’s diet is usually so out of balance and there contains too much omega-6 and not enough omega-3. Flaxseed, walnuts and chia seeds are also good sources of omega-3 oils.
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