What lies beneath our skin? What our skin is telling us about our health.

Naturobest vitamins and supplements
? Lesly J

Everyone likes to have beautiful glowing skin. It helps us look healthy, youthful and vibrant. Bright rosy cheeks and soft, hydrated skin are all signs of healthy skin. The alternative, dull, sallow and lacklustre skin can age us and make us look unhealthy. Other signs of unhealthy skin can be skin conditions such as acne, eczema and skin rashes. The look of our external skin is actually a good reflection of our internal health.

A healthy lifestyle is easily reflected in our skin, but a few key skin-supporting ingredients really help us get that glow happening. The humble vitamin C supports skin health and collagen formation; daily consumption is necessary for the health of our skin. Vitamin C can be found in high amounts in most fruit and vegetables, particularly citrus fruits. Alternatively, a good quality supplement will ensure you are getting adequate amounts. The mineral zinc is well known to support healthy skin and promote wound healing. It can be found in high amounts in seafood, meat, nuts and seeds.

Less well-known ingredients to support healthy glowing skin include some herbs that are used traditionally in Western herbal medicine. Burdock and nettle leaf have a long history of use as a ‘depurative.’ This means that they have purifying effects and may assist with ‘blood cleansing’ which can reduce the occurrence of the symptoms of acne. Burdock has also been commonly used for skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Powerful antioxidants such as pomegranate and grape seed may also support healthy glowing skin. It may be difficult to get adequate levels of these antioxidants in the diet alone so quality supplementation may be beneficial.

Other simple lifestyle tips for healthy glowing skin include

Dehydration can show up on our skin as sallow, sunken skin together with fine lines. This easy-to-fix problem means drinking 8 glasses of water per day, give or take depending on various factors. Times of increased exercise require more water, as do the summer months.

Exfoliation and Skin Brushing
Weekly facial skin exfoliation together with body skin brushing keeps our skin soft and supple. Body brushing is also excellent for stimulating the lymphatic system, helping to get rid of cellulite.

Regular exercise is a no-brainer for improved blood flow and rosy glowing cheeks.

Good Skin Products and SPF Aun Protection
Keep your skin moisturised with good quality, low-toxin products. It goes without saying that we all need daily good quality sun protection in our harsh Aussie climate.

Liver Support and Detox
Signs that our liver may need some additional support can often show up first in our skin. Common skin symptoms like acne, eczema and dermatitis may be due to a liver that needs some extra liver detoxification support. Start with a detox diet and include a good quality detox supplement to see the results in your skin.

Healthy Diet
An apple a day is not only beneficial for our overall health, it also supports skin health. Apples are not only high in collagen-enhancing Vitamin C, but they are also one of the foods highest in quercetin. This interesting ingredient is known as a bioflavonoid and has many useful effects including being antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. We all know a diet high in fruit and vegetables and low in processed foods is important for our overall health, but it is also a necessity for healthy glowing skin.

Healthy Digestion
Healthy digestion is key for healthy glowing skin. If we are not having regular bowel movements our skin can suffer the consequences. Adequate fibre intake through our diet as well as probiotics can help promote healthy digestion and beautiful glowing skin.