Friday, 03 March 2017

Caring for sensitive skin

Changing the way you eat can have a hugely positive impact on sensitive skin, and on your overall health in general. For those of us who have sensitivities to certain foods, removing them from our diets can take a lot of stress off of our skin, and result in clearer, healthier and stronger skin.

It is always recommended to consult with your doctor before removing any foods or food groups from your diet. Some common foods that can trigger unwelcome responses are GMO, MSG, non-organic, refined sugar, sugar substitute, high fructose corn syrup, eggs, gluten, soy, caffeine, alcohol and dairy.

Sönd's Skin Nutrition Expert, Dr. Isabel Sharkar, is a naturopathic doctor and specialises in clinical nutrition, cleansing and detoxification. She share her knowledge on caring for sensitive skin.

"Your skin is your body's largest organ and the biggest gateway for toxins to get in, as well as out. Common skin mistakes include not paying any attention to your diet and dehydration. When your liver is backed up, toxins will be eliminated through your skin, a major contributor to acne.

Your skin is a reflection of your insides. Avoid things that contribute to acne, like pasteurized dairy, white flour, gluten, and refined sugar. A clean diet also balances hormones, which affect acne. Eat organic vegetables to make up 75% of your plate each meal, eat high quality fats. Increase your antioxidant levels in your body. It can also help to take supplements to increase your nutritional intake and support your skin.

Hydration is critical in flushing out toxins. Drink 2-3 litres of natural spring water a day.

Skin brushing, inversions, rebounder, power plate, lymphatic drainage massage, deep tissue massage, hydrotherapy (hot-cold alternations) can also help to flush out toxins and improve the health and appearance of your skin.

Pay attention to ingredients in your skincare products:

It's important also to pay attention to the toxins your skin may be absorbing through the use of skincare products. Avoid the use of products which contain ingredients such as parabens, synthetic colours or fragrances.

Parabens, chemicals found in many skin care products, cause hormone disruption and toxicity. Parabens are synthetic preservatives widely used in cosmetics and personal care products, which, according to several studies, may exert serious adverse health effects including: hormone disruption, organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), reproductive toxicity and infertility, and birth or developmental defects. I stay away from these toxins and have tossed out any products I owned containing them. All I do when I purchase products is read ingredients. It's just not worth the health risks. Do your best to limit your exposure as much as possible to parabens.

One ingredient that is great to include in your skincare regime is silica. Silica maintains healthy hair, skin, and nails. It sits inside collagen, acting as glue, providing strength, flexibility and resilience to collagen and elastic connective tissues. It's also a natural anti-inflammatory that soothes and calms skin irritations and helps to alleviate eczema and psoriasis. Silica contributes to skin's youthful glow, brightness, firmness, smoothness, thickness, elasticity, strength, and hydration. It reduces skin's facial pores, blemishes, and wrinkles while increasing elasticity and firmness of blood vessels. This improves the delivery of oxygen and essential nutrients to your skin cells.

Sönd skincare has a range of products formulated with silica, and have been designed to strengthen sensitive skin. They use a minimal amount of ingredients so as to reduce chances of skin irritations, and all of their products are also paraben and fragrance free. Whether you have a preference for a simple Hydrating Face Spray (£24) or a more intensive skin care product such as their Revitalising Face Serum (£42), they include high levels of quartz silica in all their products to promote healthier, glowing skin. As they believe in beauty from the inside out, they've also included in their range the Energising Mineral Silica Supplements (£28), to support the silica levels of the body from within."

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