Dr Julie - hacks for a glowing complexion!

Dr Julie’s tips for glowing skin

'Dr Julie is our anti-aging expert so we recently asked her for some quick tips on how to look after our skin every day and this is the first of a series of quick ways to enhance the skin you're in!

Autumn is here, its a perfect time to repair and rejuvenate your skin after the ravages of summer, here are a few tips that are easy to incorporate into every day life.  Team this with regular use of our facemasks and you will be glowing!

#1 Stay hydrated - this is one of the best things you can do for healthy skin.  Water is important for many bodily functions including detoxification, respiration, digestion, perspiration and urination. Make sure your water is clean and filtered, and if you don’t enjoy drinking plain water, try adding lime, lemon or cucumber slices, or add a sprig of mint.  Try other hydrating beverages such as herbal teas or coconut water.

 #2 Sweating assists in detoxifying - perspiration contains lysozyme, an enzyme which acts like a natural antibiotic. Saunas, warm baths and exercise help to flush out pathogenic bacteria on the surface of your skin.

 #3 Eat your way to beautiful skin.  Bone Broths are full of nutrients needed for the production of healthy collagen and elastin, two important components of our connective tissue, including our skin.

 #4 Be a Sleeping Beauty.  Not only do we look better, we feel better after a good night’s sleep.  This is because we release an important hormone called melatonin which does a lot of repairing while we sleep. It even assassinates the cancer cells we accidentally make during the day.  To ensure a good night’s sleep, avoid excessive caffeine and alcohol, reduce and manage stress, avoid late night exercise and heavy meals and reduce blue light exposure from TVs and computers. Don’t forget your beauty sleep!

 #5  Don’t over exercise (more than 2 hours per day) as it promotes ageing and wrinkles.  Exercise is a very important component to self-care, producing a healthy body and skin. It burns fat and reduces inflammation.  The increased circulation carries nutrients and oxygen to the skin, promoting repair and the formation of new skin cells.  When we exercise, we release endorphins which help us to destress and make us feel happy and relaxed. 

 #6 Gut Health -  Acne, rosacea, eczema, rashes and other skin conditions are often linked to poor digestive health.  Restore your gut and glow from the inside out.

 #7 Reduce inflammation -  turmeric and ginger reduce inflammation in the body and in turn can calm the skin.

 #8 Eat Avocados - as well as being rich in the anti-oxidant vitamins, E and C, avocadoes are high in healthy fats to moisturise your skin.

 #9 Just 3 Brazil nuts a day will provide you with enough selenium which can help to protect your skin against sun damage, age spots and skin cancer.

 #10 Some foods and nutrients protect our skin from the inside out.  Sulforaphane, which is high in broccoli and especially broccoli sprouts, is important for detoxification and acts as a powerful anti-oxidant.  It may also help to protect us against sunburn and help to prevent skin cancer.

 #11 Yellow and orange fruits and vegies, such as sweet potato, are rich in beta-carotene which protects the skin from sun damage.

 #12 Vitamin C is essential for the production of collagen, an important component of connective tissue including bones and skin.  It can protect against sun damage and prevent wrinkles.

 #13 Sugar and processed foods are not only bad for our health; they are also bad for our skin.  Sugars and carbohydrates increase our blood insulin levels which stimulate sebum and androgen (male hormone) production in the skin.  This leads to acne outbreaks.

 Sugars also bind to proteins in our tissues.  This process is called glycation.  In the skin, they bind to elastin making it more rigid and to collagen making it more brittle.  This leads to wrinkles, sagging skin and ‘skinflammation’.

 #14 Astaxanthin is a reddish pigment that naturally occurs in salmon, krill, trout and lobster.  It is also a very powerful antioxidant, many times more potent than vitamins C and E. Clinical studies have shown that astaxanthin protects the skin from the free radical damage that causes aging. It also demonstrates protection against UV damage, and improves skin elasticity.