Achieving amazing skin that sparkles without even a smudge of highlighter is an inside job. Yes, there is amazing skincare on the market and beauty treatments that offer much needed topical boosts but for that natural glow that radiates health and vitality, it starts from within.
It’s not rocket science ; when you nourish your body with nutrient dense antioxidant foods, adequate hydration and a lotta love your skin will thank you for it.
Below are my top tonics to get glossy skin that needs no filter.
Celery juice has been touted as a trend or fad but I don’t find this to be true at all. In fact I drink celery juice religiously not as part of a diet or cleanse but as a non negotiable part of my daily routine. Drinking celery juice first thing in the morning on an empty stomach is known to have many benefits. It’s a natural anti inflammatory and massively aids the liver, protecting it and helping to flush out toxins. It improves digestion by increasing circulation in the intestines and contains powerful antioxidants. Celery juice is also alkalising and has been known to heal even the most extreme skin issues. For more on its healing properties I recommend the work of Anthony Williams aka ’The Medical Medium’. Just check out some of the incredible transformations on his insta account @medicalmedium. I’ve found my skin is altogether clearer, brighter and smoother since I’ve been drinking it and on top of that my energy is through the roof.
Vitamin C is a natural collagen booster and can be found in fruit and veg. As a vegetarian I eat a tonne of vegetables and I love to eat an assortment keeping the variety as colourful as possible. Some of the top Vitamin C sources are citrus fruits, broccoli, brussel sprouts, peppers and blackberries. Vitamin A is also credited for keeping a rosy complexion and this can be found in carrots and beetroot. I always say the brighter the veg, the brighter your skin.
I know you’ve heard it a million times but truly hydration is the no 1 factor in keeping skin plump and dewy. It doesn’t matter if you’ve got all the miracle creams in the world, a dehydrated body leaves a lack lustre complexion. Drink water on the regular, at least 2 litres a day and if you find it hard to drink on it’s own you can infuse it. I love to use cucumber and mint as a natural flavouring. It helps make my 8-10 glasses of water a day that little bit more enticing. Avoid overdoing the tea and coffee as caffeine is a mild diuretic, it will dehydrate you more easily and can spike cortisol.
My absolute miracle cure from skin breakouts and it’s an all out cleanse is my morning detox drink. This concoction is a dream and features turmeric which is a power packed anti oxidiser. Those turmeric lattes you see everywhere aren’t just a warming treat they’re also a one hit wonder train to getting that golden glow. So here’s my secret weapon…first thing in the morning pour a large glass of warm water, add a teaspoon of ginger powder, a teaspoon of chia seeds (which are a great source of protein and collagen builder by the way), half a squeezed lemon and lime, a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and of course the all important teaspoon of turmeric. Do this every morning for 10 days and I promise your skin will have a starry shine to it.
Last but by no means least, de-stress! I can’t STRESS how important this is. Overwhelm shows up in your skin in the form of breakouts, puffiness, lines and dark circles. No matter how busy you are, make sure you do at least one thing in your day that’s just for you, something you enjoy and that will promote a sense of self nourishment. For me its activities like running in nature, dancing, meditation, listening to a podcast or audiobook or having a bath full of my favourite salts and smells. Prioritise this just as you would your work schedule. Make yourself a priority and everything else will flow. Emotions such as gratitude, joy and of course laughter are not just good for your soul but shine like sun beams through your skin, and they’re totally free!