People tell me I have great skin—and they always ask how they can get it. My answer is always the same: food, glorious food. Then basic skin and beauty care using INDAH of coarse.
Changing a few things in your diet can help the way you look and feel. Thousands of facial creams promise younger, smoother, more vibrant skin. And while expensive creams and lotions soften the skin’s surface, the basic foundation of healthy skin is a good, fresh diet. Everybody is different, but most people are hit with a lifetime of acne, eczema, rosacea, dandruff, cellulite, allergies or those nasty wrinkles. Yes it comes down to our external environment, but you can eat our way to great skin this winter by adding several star ingredients to your diet.
Here a few rules I abide by which will definitely help reduce those physical signs of ageing……
1) Drink loads of water: Water hydrates the cells of the skin, eliminating waste products. This gives skin new softness and radiance. Additionally, keeping skin hydrated will help diminish lines and wrinkles and eliminate pimples and blackheads.
2) Limit processed sugars. Sugar results in inflammation of our bodies and attack skin cells making them weak against the fight of free radicals which promote ageing—much like UV damage—making us all puffy, red and burnt. Ever noticed your wine blush from drinking that juicy glass of red? Reduce refined sugars which are in processed foods such as cakes, biscuits, pastries. Cut out that one-to-two teaspoons of sugar in your tea or coffee.. if you really need it use Stevia—and definitely not Equal!
3) Up your intake of Omega-3—salmon, trout, herring, sardines and a good gulp of flaxseed oil.
4) Change your cooking oil to organic coconut oil. High in lecithin, it enhances digestion of good fats and allows the safe removal of excess saturated fats and cholesterol from the body . It also supplies plenty of choline, needed for healthy skin cells.
5) Up the ante on fibre, change all things white to brown. Simply changing from white rice to brown rice increases fibre intake. Add beans to the rice and you have a high fibre, low fat main. Other good sources of fibre are cauliflower and broccoli. Look for snacks such as nuts, dates, figs, raisins, and seeds.
6) Study food labels (Google some—you’ll be surprised what you’re eating). Try and buy organic fresh fruits and veges and where possible buy free range eggs, chicken and meats. Guaranteed GMO free and they don’t have nasty chemical sprays which are killing us slowly. Eat foods rich in beta-carotene such as papaya, carrots, mangoes, tomatoes and watermelon.
7) Combine good nutrition with sensible exercise (no need to run a marathon when you’re eating well).
8 ) Get plenty of sleep and rest the brain through meditation. It can make an enormous difference in overall skin health.
9) Eat regularly, don’t skip meals and cut down carb content after 4pm.
10) Fancy $200 creams can make you feel better for the first two hours, but the essentials of good skin care comes down to the basics.
- No need for eye cream: it’s all the same stuff you put elsewhere just applied around the eyes.
- Change that shiny, sticky gloss to a sumptuous lip balm.
- Remove make-up with olive oil.
- Make your own face scrub with a bit of honey and raw sugar.
- Apply rosehip oil as night cream.
- Use a tinted moisturiser with SPF.
- Spend your beauty dollars at the local salon instead of a fancy day spa.
- Study your labels—buy products that are free from nasty chemicals such as sulphates and parabens.
- Buy 100% recyclable packaging.
- Try not to purchase big-name beauty products: they are mostly owned by the same company that still tests on animals.
Here’s a yummy recipe that is packed with Omega-3 from salmon, herbs and spices for antioxidants and lecithin from coconut.
SALMON IN COCONUT CREAM SAUCE
1 can of organic coconut milk
Bunch of bok choy
Pinch of sea salt
Pinch of pepperMethod:
Preheat oven. In casserole dish, mix coconut milk, chillies, salt and pepper. Add salmon, cover, bake for one hour.
Serve salmon covered with the cream sauce and topped with fresh tomato, bok choy and cilantro. Goes well with a little sauce poured on a side dish of fresh organic veges such as broccoli, green beans and peas.
Each serving contains one tablespoon of coconut oil. More can be added if desired.
Terima Kasih (Thank you)