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Here's how to get glowing skin without putting a single thing on your face

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24 Jan 2019

Modern skincare techniques are moving away from managing the skin from the outside in, instead focussing on supporting the body’s own ability to nuture the skin from the inside out. When you think about it, it makes sense that a patch of eczema is linked to something internally, and that our acne flare-up is worse when we have bad digestion; but exactly how to manage this is not generally well understood.

The skin is a complex organ that relies enormously on the inner functioning’s of the body - digestion, hormones, immunity and adrenals all play a part. If there isn't a strong synergy between these organs then problems such as stubborn acne, eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis; or simply as dull, listless skin can manifest. So if your skin is playing up, we sometimes need to look deeper into the body and work out if there might be other things going on that might be impacting on skin.

Here's everything you need to know about inside out skincare, courtesy of Equi London’s in-house nutritionists.

Hormone Balance

Hormone balance has long been acknowledged as a contributing factor to blemish or acne-prone skin, and this can sometimes be impacted on by testosterone levels in the body, as well as imbalances between oestrogen and progesterone. Your diet and lifestyle may have an impact on hormone balance, so you could consider making the following simple changes:

• Eating more zinc rich foods such as tahini, seafood, sunflower seed and poultry. Equi London contains 15mg zinc per dose to help boost collagen production.

• Eating anti-inflammatory superfoods such as turmeric, omegas. Resveratrol, found in grapeskins and blueberries has been shown in some studies to help improve protection against sun damage and oxidative stress.

• Keep your blood sugar balanced by reducing sugar intake as well as ensuring meals contain fibre, healthy fats and protein.

• Eat a fibre rich diet as well as trying probiotics and probiotic rich foods.

• Eating more B12, B6, selenium and iodine rich foods.

Liver Function/Detoxification

The liver is responsible for removing harmful compounds from the body (pollution, plastic residues, alcohol, cigarette smoke) as well as our hormones (such as oestrogen). The skin is the one of the largest routes of elimination of toxins from the body and if the liver function is sluggish or there is a build-up of harmful or toxic detoxification by-products, then this can also affect skin health.

The liver requires many nutrients to work properly, and many of these need to come through the diet.

• B vitamins (beans, pulses, oats, nuts, seeds, quinoa, eggs) folate (green leafy vegetables, beetroot, avocado) as well as vitamin C rich foods such as berries, pomegranate, red peppers, tomatoes (tinned, fresh, pureed) green leafy vegetables.

• Equi also contains milk thistle, which has been shown in multiple studies to gently support liver function and hormone balance as well as super grasses and berries that are nature’s multi-vitamin and good sources of amino acids, vitamin C and antioxidants.

Gut Health

The gut’s bacterial ecosystem also has a complex interplay with the skin. Certain unhelpful strains can not only can contribute towards inflammation in the body, but low levels of beneficial gut bacteria can also suppress the immune system, negatively impacting upon skin health. Research has linked imbalanced gut flora and poor digestive function with conditions such as eczema, acne and psoriasis, and some find that symptoms worsen after taking antibiotics or during times of stress. Because our bacteria are incredibly sensitive to the environment, anti-biotics, medications, too much sugar, alcohol and a whole host of other things may disrupt it.

Equi Beauty Formula contains glutamine, probiotics, resishi, turmeric and a variety of other gut-supporting ingredients. It’s also a good idea to make sure you get as many different varieties of vegetables in the diet, as well as 30g fibre per day from beans, oats, brown rice and nuts.