Vibrant skin is one of the classic measures of health and beauty, so it's no surprise that many will spend quite a lot of time & money in an attempt to achieve that perfect radiant glow. This is why the average unit price per kilo of the top ten skin care products available on the retail market today is over $14,000.00. Many products carry promises to anti-age, wrinkle reduce & tone - but are they worth the money, or more importantly do they really deliver lasting results? To answer this, KARMIC recently teamed up with our friend Bonnee Fahlstrom, Holistic Nutritionist and Model to help us find the top 5 best things your can do to get awesome skin naturally.
You are what you eat. Your skin has special nutrient requirements and if you’re not fulfilling this - it will show. To really shine, your skin needs adequate protein for cell repair, micronutrients & anti-oxidants (like the ones from fresh veggies) for immune function and some healthy fats which will effectively form the building blocks of new cells & condition your skin. Another simple but often overlooked reminder from Bonnee - stay hydrated! As soon as she wakes she has 500ml of filtered water & continues to keep up the fluids throughout the day, which includes purifying warm lemon drinks & nourishing fresh juices.
Remember that your skin is the gateway into your body. Whatever it comes into contact with, a certain amount of this will potentially be absorbed into your bloodstream. Become aware of chemicals that your using around the home, perfume & deodorants (even the ingredients of so-called skin care cream!) and toxins in the outdoor environment such as unclean air & water. If it’s not natural, you cannot expect your body to thrive on it, therefore Bonnee uses only organic skin care products. Alternatively, look to use natural oils in place of formulated products & dry brushing techniques to assist with the removal of toxins.
See the fresh air & sunshine on a daily basis for a dose of vitamin D. Get the blood pumping with some exercise and replenish oxygen & nutrients throughout the body. Too much sun on the other hand can be damaging for your skin, so be sure to make use of a good quality organic sunscreen when necessary.
Stress less! Inadequate sleep & a busy lifestyle can take its toll on your immune system and this shows most evidently on you skin. Reach for a cup of camomile tea, switch off from electronics and unwind for a good nights sleep. It’ll work wonders and it’s free. You can always add to this Bonnee’s essential nighttime beauty routine - an essential oil bath. A calm & soothing night will make for a fresh face in the morning!
Love the skin you’re in, or as Bonnee puts in "live conscious of others but truthfully of yourself". Excessive chemical based makeup or skin creams which hide your natural appearance will never deliver that same healthy glow that can be achieved with the right amount of care for your personal health and wellbeing. Regardless of what the newest product is attempting to achieve or what the clever advertising is telling you to fix about your appearance, we can assure you that it's almost certainly unnecessary.
Skin care is pretty simple when you break it down. Often people will find that their skin naturally improves when they make other changes in their life such as improving their diet, exercising or eliminating stress. Skin care is not something which can be treated separately from the overall health of the rest of body - it’s better to think of it as a signpost for your inner health and is therefore best improved from the inside out. Bonnee puts it neatly by saying “beautifying foods will add sheen to your hair, sparkle in your eyes and a glow that only comes from your health within”