The state of your skin can effect your life in many ways, especially emotionally. When your skin is clear and radiant you feel more confident and beautiful. When your skin is breaking out and inflamed or lacking natural colour, your self-esteem can be low and you most likely feel the need to stack on makeup for coverage.
Your skin is a window into what’s going on inside your body. If you experience breakouts, redness, eczema, pigmentation etc. this is a sign that your liver is overloaded and your body is expelling toxins through the skin. The skin is the largest eliminatory organ and is thus one of your body’s go-to ways to expel excess waste.
I suffered from constant breakouts all through high school and ended up taking a contraceptive pill to control it. After deciding to get off the pill 7 years later, I’ve learnt so much to achieve clear skin naturally, including incorporating healthy lifestyle habits, natural skincare products and a whole food diet. It is a journey and I don’t have the perfect complexion yet, but it’s on the way.
When you are clean on the inside, it shows on the outside. Raw foods are the number one foods in regards to cleaning out your body. They literally feed the energy cells in your body; this assists the body in releasing metabolic toxic waste which is the cause of all disease and ageing.
Here are 7 beauty foods (plus a bonus recipe) that will help you glow from the inside out.
Cucumber is a powerful diuretic helping the kidneys flush out toxins. The skin of a cucumber is high in silica which assists in collagen production keeping the skin from losing elasticity. Due to its cooling effect it helps with inflammatory skin problems and improves your overall complexion. The cleansing properties helps your skin tremendously ,making it soft and supple.
Spinach contains phytonutrients that provide extra protection from environmental damage. It also helps keep the skin firm because it’s loaded with the nutrients beta-carotene and lutein, which have been shown to improve skin elasticity.
Berries are packed with antioxidants that protect against free radicals. This slows down the ageing process ,helping to keep our skin looking young and vibrant. Citrus fruits are also loaded with Vitamin C which boosts collagen production for tight and soft skin.
Red bell peppers (capsicum) have more Vitamin C than an orange, along with a whole other host of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. It also contains a compound, capsaicin, which improves circulation and promotes the release of toxins from the skin.
Avocado is a true beauty food. It is high in the fat-soluble Vitamin E which is crucial for healthy skin. It prevents free radical damage from oxidising fats in your skin cells that lead to ageing. The antioxidant carotenoids protect your skin from environmental damage causing fine lines and wrinkles. Avocado’s fatty acids also help keep the skin moisturised and hydrated.
Beets are blood and liver cleansers which is essential when healing the skin. They are also anti-inflammatory which helps with skin conditions such as eczema, redness and acne. Beetroots stimulate cell production and repair, which can protect your skin from premature ageing, helping to keep your skin firm and youthful.
The alkalinity of the watermelon is very cleansing to the body. It is 93% water so it’s also extremely hydrating, working to help the skin maintain a refreshed and rejuvenated complexion. Watermelon is a rich source of Vitamin A. This vitamin decreases the size of the skin pores and minimises excessive oil secretion from the sebaceous glands.
Tip: cut up some watermelon and squeeze some lemon juice over the top. The astringent properties of the lemon, combined with the hydration of the melon work very well to expunge toxic waste and tighten the skin.
Makeup is usually used to cover up the lack of colour in your skin which is caused by eating all of those foods that are cooked and dead. When you eat an abundance of fresh raw fruits and vegetables, like those above, you’re going to build beautiful blood and colour in your skin from all the natural colours of the food.
TRUE BEAUTY IS FROM THE INSIDE OUT AND YOU WILL BE WELL ON YOUR WAY TO GLOWING FROM THE INSIDE OUT WITH BEAUTIFUL SKIN IF YOU CONSUME MORE FRUITS AND VEGETABLES.
Our bodies absorb nutrients quicker in the form of juice and I can tell you I have seen vast improvements in my skin since replacing one meal per day with a juice. Incorporate this juice daily or even every other day to start reaping the benefits.
SKIN BEAUTY JUICE RECIPE
- 1 cucumber
- 1 pineapple
- 1 small beetroot, or 1/2 large
- 1/2 lemon
- thumb length of ginger
- Peel the pineapple and lemon and leave the skins on the rest of the ingredients if they are organic.
- Put all the ingredients through your juicer.