We're firm believers that beauty is an inside job. Great skin isn't just the result of the products that we choose and the facials that we book in for, but from the whole-picture approach to wellness that we can take. From skin-loving supplements to stress-reducing hacks, we've rounded up a few of our favourite staples for optimal inner + outer beauty...
NAILING THE BASICS
When it comes to keeping problematic skin at bay, it's so important that we're giving our bodies the building blocks to create healthy skin from the inside-out. Also known as the Beauty mineral, MSM is an absolute skin saving supplement all-year round. Boosting collagen, keratin and glutathione production, it also works wonders to boost the immune system, calm inflammation and detoxify the body. Another great immune-booster is Aloe Juice. Super-hydrating for the body, aloe can boost digestion, alkalise the body's pH levels and calm inflammatory skin conditions (like breakouts and psoriasis).
A huge contributor to unpredictable skin health... stress. A little bit is certainly vital in our life, however more and more of us are finding our bodies stay in this state of "fight or flight" unnecessarily, leading to excess hormone production which can lead to an increase in the production of sebum in the skin making you more prone to blemishes. Not only are you more likely to breakout when stressed, but your immune system and skin renewing capabilities are impaired as your body is on high alert - so your skin will take even longer to heal! We take both an internal and external approach when it comes to stress. This is a dreamy adaptogenic blend containing ashwaghanda, holy basil and reishi, perfect for creating a moment of calm. We love it blended as a superfood latte! Accupressure is another fantastic way to relax the body, improving circulation and energy levels whilst relieving muscular tension and reducing stress/anxiety.
We touched briefly on stress above, but this trend towards the mind/skin connection is certainly foundational to both the HOLISTICA ethos and the events that we run with mirrorscope. CBD has hit both the US and UK wellness markets in a big way, due to it's multi-purpose applications and endless benefits. Short for cannabidiol, CBD is an oil derived from the cannabis plant generally containing minimal THC (tetrohydrocannabinol) which is the compound familiar for getting you high. It can be a sooth-sayer for anxiety, stress and insomnia, as well as having a wonderful anti-inflammatory effect on the skin and the body. It can be taken with a vaporiser like this one, or you can try this under the tongue or topically on skin.
Thisthis Out of all of the wellness trends that 2018 brought, gut health was undeniably our favourite. It's absolutely undeniable that digestive health has a huge role to play in keeping our skin clear and balanced, and so we love finding new ways to support this through recipe, ritual and supplementation. An incredibly simple way to support this is through superfoods and add-ins. Throw them in a smoothie, stir them into coffee or down them with water, they're super easy and ideal for those of us who are on-the-go. into your first cup. Collagen is packed full of amino acids and is wonderfully restorative for the gut lining, soothing and sealing the intestinal tract. powder is a great blend containing 24 Certified Organic, bio-fermented and probiotic superfoods. It promotes healthy collagen function, supports skin health and feeds your microbiome, plus it has a great fruity taste unlike a lot of superfood blends that can be rather unpalatable. If you're more of the coffee-first type in the morning, try combining a sachet of
LYMPH - LOVE
The lymph system plays a crucial role in optimal skin health; supporting our immune function, allowing for adequate detoxification and carrying waste products away from the skin's surface to the lymph nodes. Two of our favourite ways to support the lymph are dry body-brushing and abahyanga. With a myriad of benefits, daily body-brushing is a super-quick way to boost the lymph and support circulation as well as exfoliating away dead skin cells. Similarly abahyanga, or ayurvedic massage carries with it many benefits from stimulating the lymph to calming the nervous system and boosting circulation. Use an oil such as this one for before showering or bathing, in circular movements around the joints (eg shoulders, knees, hips, ankles) and up and down movements on the long bones of the legs and arms.
What are your favourite inner/outer beauty products?