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Friday, 29 June 2018

5 Things I'm Doing To Keep My Skin Clear & Glowing

One of my biggest worries when I decided to come off the pill was the effect it might have on my skin. At around 15-16 years old (before I starting talking the pill) I used to get these horrendously painful spots all around  my jawline and chin, they were those under the skin type spots that you just couldn't do anything about and I became so self conscious. I'd always had very clear skin up until this point so suddenly having spots appearing and them being so painful wasn't much fun! I used to spend hours (literally) in front of the mirror trying to cover them up before even leaving my bedroom and I'd always have my hand in front of my face whenever I could to hide away from anyone who might be looking.

Today I have very clear skin and very rarely get any spots (touch wood). I think this change is due to cutting out dairy, eating a more whole foods diet but also taking hormonal birth control which no doubt had an effect. Now I've come off the pill I was concerned these spots might come back, which of course I really don't want! So I'm taking some steps in order to hopefully keep my skin looking clear, fresh and glowing.



Anti-Oxidant Foods
The food we eat absolutely has a direct impact on our skin and my diet is always the first thing I look at if I feel like my skin isn't looking it's healthiest. Getting those greens in is of course important but putting your focus on foods high in anti-oxidants is really going to give your skin the biggest oomph! Antioxidant rich foods can help to counteract the damage caused by pollution, stress or a poor diet and give your skin that little bit of love it could well be lacking. Foods such as blueberries, red peppers, sweet potatoes, broccoli, pomegranate and tomatoes are all amazing sources of these anti-oxidants.

Healthy Fats
Healthy fats are something I've been very conscious of making sure I get enough of during this time coming off the pill. Not only are they vital for female reproductive health but they're super important for healthy hair, nails and skin too! Your skin cells are surrounded by layers of fat that make up the cell walls, this layer incorporates fats you get from your diet and is absolutely essential for glowing, plum and healthy looking skin. Examples of these healthy foods would be nuts & seeds, oily fish, olive oil, avocados, etc.

Water
Water is what our body needs the most to survive and it's also so important for healthy skin. Without adequate water intake daily our skin starts to look duller, pores will be more visible and wrinkles may begin to show. Getting enough water can also reduce the chances of breakouts as the concentration of oil in our skin is decreased. I like to add fresh lemon to my water for a hit of vitamin C which is not only an anti-oxidant so will help to promote radiant, blemish-free skin but the vitamin is also needed for the body to produce collagen which strengthens the skin.

Avoiding Sugar
I try to avoid refined sugar as much as I can and have started to keep even natural sugars to a minimum. Sugar is inflammatory to the body which causes collegian and elastin to break down in the skin! It can also be a cause of acne or rosacea. Foods high in sugar also tend to contain many artificial ingredients which won't be doing your skin any good at all. The worst culprits are things like packaged snacks, fizzy drinks, sweets, ice cream and white carbohydrates.

Invest In Skincare
High quality skincare is really important if you want glowing, healthy skin. Our skin absorbs up to 70% of what we put on it (that's a lot!), so want to make sure it's not absorbing nasty ingredients. I used to think high quality skincare meant a high price tag, but that's not the case! Coconut oil just by itself can be a wonderful moisturiser and I'm telling you, you won't find a better makeup remover than massaging coconut oil into your skin and wiping away with a damp flannel. I like to stick to more organic skincare with little to no alcohol, no parabens and free from fragrance.

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