Skin Care

September 17, 2014

To get glowing, amazing skin, consider adding the following to your days..

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[li_item icon=”” iconcolor=”#95B11C” circle=”” circlecolor=””]Juicing.. the greener and meaner, the better![/li_item]
[li_item icon=”” iconcolor=”#95B11C” circle=”” circlecolor=””]Chlorophyll, spirulina and other alkalising ‘greens’[/li_item]
[li_item icon=”” iconcolor=”#95B11C” circle=”” circlecolor=””]Lots of pure water[/li_item]
[li_item icon=”” iconcolor=”#95B11C” circle=”” circlecolor=””]Good fats (my faves are avocado and hemp oil)[/li_item]
[li_item icon=”” iconcolor=”#95B11C” circle=”” circlecolor=””]Sweating – work that skin baby![/li_item]
[li_item icon=”” iconcolor=”#95B11C” circle=”” circlecolor=””]Dry skin brushing, followed by hydrating oils and moisturisers[/li_item]

Good skin health comes from working and feeding the skin from the inside and the outside. Our skin has been buried under layers of clothing all winter long, cooking in front of heaters and basking amongst air con for months now.. As the warmer weather approaches – it wants to come out for air too! Viva la skin I say!

Juicing Juicing floods your body with nutrients. Aim for mostly veg with only a little fruit. I recommend 90% veg, 10% fruit.

Foods to include are kale, cucumber, lettuce, beetroot (including the fresh young leaves), lemons, celery, broccoli, spinach, a mix of fresh herbs (parsley, mint, coriander, etc), turmeric, ginger, fennel etc. Add an apple, carrot or some anti inflammatory, enzyme rich pineapple for sweetness. Coconut water is a great addition too for its natural electrolytes.

When purchasing a juicer, it’s definitely worth getting a good quality one. Look for a cold pressed, slow pressed juicer, as these tend to make the most nutrient rich juices. We have a Kuvings one, which I find great – and no, I don’t have any affiliation with them aside from being a happy customer!

Some of my favourite juicing ingredients and why..

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[li_item icon=”” iconcolor=”#95B11C” circle=”” circlecolor=””]Beetroot: a great blood cleanser[/li_item]
[li_item icon=”” iconcolor=”#95B11C” circle=”” circlecolor=””]Kale: Aids the liver, packed with antioxidants and an exceptional source of chlorophyll[/li_item]
[li_item icon=”” iconcolor=”#95B11C” circle=”” circlecolor=””]Cucumber: Cooling, filled with silicon[/li_item]
[li_item icon=”” iconcolor=”#95B11C” circle=”” circlecolor=””]Celery: An amazing natural diuretic[/li_item]
[li_item icon=”” iconcolor=”#95B11C” circle=”” circlecolor=””]Lemons: Packed with vitamin C[/li_item]
[li_item icon=”” iconcolor=”#95B11C” circle=”” circlecolor=””]Turmeric: Anti-inflammatory and in my opinion, one of the most amazing herbal medicines on the face of this planet![/li_item]
[li_item icon=”” iconcolor=”#95B11C” circle=”” circlecolor=””]Ginger: Stimulates circulation[/li_item]
[li_item icon=”” iconcolor=”#95B11C” circle=”” circlecolor=””]Lettuce: Contains oodles of silicon[/li_item]
[li_item icon=”” iconcolor=”#95B11C” circle=”” circlecolor=””]Spinach: Rich in chlorophyll and iron to help build the blood [/li_item]

Greens – Adding some cleansing, alkalising greens to juices gives an additional boost. My personal favourites are chlorophyll and spirulina. Others includes wheatgrass and barley grass. There are many more on the market, including ‘greens’ mixes. You’ll find these in most health food shops, and make sure you buy a preservative free one.

Fats – Our skin loves good fats including those from fish (eg salmon, mackerel and sardines), avocados and one of my favourites – hemp seed oil. These good fats moisturise our skin. I love pouring a little hemp seed oil onto most of my meals and into my smoothies. Coconut oil is another one to get familiar with. It’s rich in medium chain fatty acids, is incredibly hydrating and definitely one of the best oils to cook in, without a doubt. You can use it to cook or simply lather straight onto your skin for some skin food!

Sweating – Sweating offers an amazing work out to the skin – like a gym but for your skin! It teaches the pores to open and close and ‘works’ the rubbish out of your system. A good sweat is incredible for skin health. It increases circulation to the skin, bringing with it fresh nutrients, and helps to free the skin of accumulated dirt blocking pores. Our infrared sauna is an awesome way to get some sweat into your schedule!

Pure water – Pure water If you do nothing else for your skin, in fact your whole being, you should drink ‘pure’ water. This one alone offers amazing health benefits for your body. It helps with detoxification, it’s hydrating and can be beautifully alkalising. Pure water does not come out of the tap. If you’re looking for the most health benefits, get yourself a filter, and again, a good quality one. The one at Saltuary is by Zazan water – it’s one of the best I’ve ever come across. Again, I have no affiliation with these guys – I am just one very satisfied customer – as many of you are by association for drinking it whilst at Saltuary!

Dry Skin Brushing / Moisturisers – Dry skin brushing helps to exfoliate the skin, stimulates the circulation bringing fresh nutrients and helps to remove toxins by stimulating the bodys lymphatic fluids. As the title suggests, this is something you do whilst your skin is actually dry, followed by a shower. Dry skin brushes cost around $20 and you can source one in most health food shops, some beauty places and possibly even chemists. Always work upwards towards the heart – i.e. start at the feet and work up the legs, avoiding the breast area. Following this and a shower – lather that skin in nourishing natural oils and moisturisers – e.g. coconut oil, avocado oil, apricot oil or something super scrumptious like Juniper Organic Skin Care – yum!

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