A Naturopath's Guide to Dewy, Radiant Skin

 

SKIN HEALTH

A Naturopath's Guide to Dewy, Radiant Skin

 

 

Our in-house skin-specialist Naturopath Natalie Earles explores the actions we can take to promote dewy, radiant skin. By understanding our organs of detoxification, such as the liver and kidneys, our skin may tend to wear less of a burden and glow, from inside out. With all the hard work put into caring for your insides, we can’t help but wonder how we can formulate our Noéma Activated Essentials to fit into your nurturing lifestyle.

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To achieve that beautiful dewy glow on the outside, we need to address our greater internal health. From a Naturopathic perspective we first look at our skins main functions and how we can support them – as the largest organ of detoxification in our body, it often bears the brunt when our other organs of detoxification are under performing or struggling to cope with the work load. Supporting the gut, liver, kidneys and lymphatic system to detoxify are the foundations needed for glowing skin.

Most of us at some point will have experienced the negative effects on our skin from increasing the burden or reducing the detoxification process– a night out drinking alcohol can leave you with dull lack lustre skin, eating poorly for a few days can lead to break outs, or forgetting to stay hydrated leaving you with dry flaky skin. This is an easy guide to understanding our organs of detoxification and elimination and how you can support them to function leading you down the path to dewy radiant skin.

 
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Good Guts

Harnessing good gut health is so important for beautiful skin and is an area I see often needing addressing in my practice. Our gut is a powerhouse for our overall health, it digests and absorbs our nutrients and also is exposed to so many external factors from our food and water sources. It also houses the majority of our immune system so keeping it in good health helps to support our immune response which is particularly important in immune related skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. Keeping the gut environment in good shape as well as supporting regular elimination of wastes through bowel motions (you should average 1-3 daily) is a great start.

Key disruptors to gut health include:

  1. Dietary habits

    • Excess sugar, carbohydrates, fat, alcohol or caffeine

    • Insufficient dietary fibre

  2. Stress

  3. Some common medications such as:

What can you do?

Nurture good gut health by incorporating a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables in the diet. Ensure you include plenty of prebiotic and fibre rich foods that help to support healthy gut bacteria and gut functions – foods such as garlic, onion, leek, lentils, chickpeas, beans, whole grains (quinoa, browns rice, oats) are great prebiotic sources.

 

Love your liver  

Your liver is your largest internal organ, it is responsible for breaking down and detoxifying a range of external and internal factors – it breaks down medications and drugs as well environmental toxins from the foods we eat and the air we breathe. It also plays an important role in regulating our hormones and storing certain nutrients.  Signs your liver may need some extra love are feeling nauseous after eating fatty foods, aversions to strong smells such as perfumes and chemicals, waking feeling groggy or foggy in the head or a lack of morning appetite.


Key disruptors to your liver:

Alcohol, cigarettes, any form of drugs, chemical and pesticide exposure from personal care products, cleaning products and foods.
 

What can you do?

Antioxidant rich foods and compounds found in cruciferous vegetables are great for supporting liver detoxification, foods such as cauliflower, broccoli and cabbages. Eat organic foods where possible, limit chemical exposures in personal care and household products.

 
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Be kind to your kidneys

Your kidneys filter your blood and remove wastes out of the body through your urine, on average the kidneys filter around 180 litres fluid each day so keeping your water intake coming in steadily throughout the day is important for this process. On average we should aim to drink 33mls of water for each kilogram of your bodyweight, for a 75kg person this would be 2.4 litres daily.

Limit lymphatic congestion  

Our lymphatic system helps the body to eliminate toxins, wastes and other unwanted materials from the body, it transports lymphatic fluid around the body which forms part of our immune system defencing against foreign bacteria. Our lymphatic system moves through our whole body however it doesn’t have a pump and relies on our own movement to circulate lymph and support elimination of wastes. If lymph accumulates it can result in swelling (think of puffy ankles and puffy faces). The key to keeping your lymph flowing is movement, sedentary lifestyles can greatly impact lymphatic congestion.

What can you do?

  • Exercise regularly

  • Lie with your legs up the wall – lying on your back with your legs up the wall allows stagnant lymphatic fluid to move from your feet and drain back into circulation

  • Lymphatic facial massage or Jade rolling – these techniques directly affect the appearance of the face by moving any lymphatic congestion under the skin surface and improving appearance and tone

  • Lymphatic herbs – As a Naturopath I also love using herbs that target the lymphatic system to help get things moving, herbal teas are a great gentle support for this, some of my favourites are Tea Tonics – Complexion Tea and Love Tea – Skin Glow.

Also don’t forget to work up a sweat  – it helps our body move toxins through our skin.

Key Takeaway

To support your health through the inside, out, how can we create a micro-range of really, really good products to compliment your lifestyle? We want to support these organs of detoxification, including the skin, so to ensure we are using the right ingredients that pay tribute to you look after you, we are committed to researching and developing the important stuff. To discover more on where we’re up to in product development, head to our Journal for all our published findings.

 
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Natalie Earles
Naturopath BHsc. /
Content writer

 

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By collaborating with industry experts such as naturopaths, biochemists, product specialists and formulators, our aim is to create an Activated Essentials product range with the best ingredients, formula and design.

We’re taking applications from our diverse community to contribute to co-designing an essential micro-range of products right for them. Get involved in upcoming events and workshops covering wellness, self-care and design.

 

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