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August 14, 2020
Beauty comes from the inside, and we're not just talking in clichés here. Our skin acts as a reflection of what’s going on internally. Inadequate nutrient intake, low-quality sleep, and high stress can show up on the skin as acne, early aging, redness or dark under-eye circles. Yikes, that's a lot to look forward to ;).
To ensure you’re doing the best you can to look after your skin, our advice is to aim for prevention rather than cure. Some of our favourite preventative measures for skin health include eating a nutrient-rich diet, exercise, stress management techniques, looking after your gut (hello, love your gut powder and love your gut capsules!) and lots of good quality rest.
When it comes to eating for skin health, it's good to lean towards an antioxidant-rich diet. Antioxidants protect the skin from free radicals, which can otherwise cause damage and accelerate ageing. Stress and overexposure to UV light can destroy antioxidants and increase oxidative damage.
UVA rays are not as strong as UVB rays but penetrate the skin more deeply. Unprotected exposure over time can cause genetic damage to the top layer of the skin, causing damage to cells, premature ageing and immune suppression. Both UVA and UVB can deplete and suppress Langerhans and immune cells. UVA and UVB are now considered causes of cancer.
While there are plenty of different antioxidants in the body, carotenoids are one of my favourites to talk about (and eat). Carotenoids are the pigment in fruits and vegetables that give them their gorgeous yellow, red, and orange hues.
Carotenoids are potent antioxidants that help neutralize free radicals and create glowing skin. Carotenoids are a fighting nutrient, or more specifically, a phytonutrient, a ‘plant chemical’. There are over 600 different carotenoids in the body, including beta carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin. Provitamin A carotenoids may be the ones you’re most familiar with, as they’re converted into vitamin A; essential for growth, immunity, and eye health.
Carotenoids are abundant in some of the most delicious fruit and veg around, including sweet potatoes, carrots, yams, pumpkin, tomatoes, spinach, kale, and oranges. Carotenoids are fat-soluble compounds, meaning they’re best absorbed with fat. It’s time to face the fats; we need good fats!
So next time you're wondering about how to spruce up a plant-based dish, drizzle some olive oil on your veggies, or just eat good fats whole by enjoying an avocado or sprinkling nuts and seeds on your soups and salads.
Adding more carotenoid-rich foods to your diet can be a surefire way to supercharge your skin health. If you’re wondering which carotenoid to pick, at the moment we're just loving carrots. Seriously, we carrot live without them 😉
Heirloom carrots are probably one of our favourite sights when gathering seasonal produce. Just love their spirally little bottom roots like tendrils, luscious green tops, and the remarkable amount of colour they can add to a dish.
When it comes to cooking, they’re such a treat to roast, and this recipe preserves their full form and flavour, elevating them with caramelized rice malt syrup.
Try this Sweet Lemon Thyme Roasted Carrots Recipe. We've added Golden Gut Blend for it's anti-inflammatory ability, it also includes cinnamon which is anti-fungal, antioxidant and anti-bacterial making it useful against acne and skin blemishes.
To give your skin a little extra loving from the outside too, Try our Earth Mask and Scrub. This beautiful scrub combines the healing powers of minerals and pure clays to beautify and soften skin, remove dirt and oils, reduce pore size and keep the skin full of life. It works as a face mask and exfoliating scrub, leaving skin cleansed, nourished and glowing; camera ready skin that oozes confidence. Say goodbye to filters for ever. #nofilter #naturalbeauty
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