While we may not have appreciated our glowing complexion when we were 16, we sure do now! Summer is great for that healthy glow but the harsh rays might not be so great to your skin long-term.
The good news is that your body is constantly growing, changing and rejuvenating—and that includes our skin. Our skin the biggest organ in our body and it completely replenishes itself every seven years.
Defence is your best offence
Thanks to the thinning ozone layer in this part of the world, most of us have experienced our fair share of painful sunburns. Over time, this kind of skin damage can lead to more serious issues.
The more extensive the damage, the harder it is for the body to repair so we always recommend wearing a shirt during the peak heat of the day and using a natural, sunscreen. Have you seen our Limited Edition Summer Collagen+ Pack with FREE Frankie Sunscreen?
While we can't always completely reverse the damage caused by the sun—there are no 'silver bullets', we can help our body to recover quicker and give our body the nutrients needed to make our the best new skin cells it can.
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Collagen is the strong, springy, fibrous substance that is woven into our body’s tissue—especially where mechanical function is essential, such as skin, cartilage, tendons and bones. When our skin experiences UV damage, so does the collagen in our skin.
As we hit our mid-20s, our natural collagen production also begins to decline at a rate of about 1% per year, and this accelerates in our 40s and 50s. By the time we cruise into our thriving 50s we are producing 30% less natural collagen than we did in our 20s.
We can support our skin by providing it with the macro and micronutrients it needs to regenerate and repair at a cellular level. Our favourite is Collagen+ as we can hit the antioxidants and collagen in one delicious go!
2. Reduce oxidative stress
So, what is oxidative stress? Our favourite example is when an apple goes brown after being cut in half and exposed to oxygen—oxygen pulls the electrons from the apple, causing damage. Imagine this in the body. Free radicals (or oxygen molecules) enter the body and act as scavengers, stealing electrons from your healthy molecules and causing damage at a cellular level and inflammation, both which negatively impact our skin health.
Stress, chemicals and other environmental toxins, UV damage and more all call oxidative stress in our body. Antioxidants are essential to reducing these free radicals and neutralising them. However, our natural ability to produce antioxidants requires a lot of nutrition. Increasing protein and cruciferous vegetables in your diet will help support the production of antioxidants.
3. Add in antioxidants
Antioxidants act as one of our natural defences against oxidative stress and sun damage. They can even help to repair the damage that UV rays can cause. While our body does make antioxidants, its usually not enough to neutralise the increasing number of free radicals we are exposed to in our modern day lives.
Foods high in natural antioxidants include matcha, blueberries, cacao, artichokes and cranberries. Try this matcha latte recipe for a rich source of antioxidants.
If you are showing signs of oxidative stress we discussed above, you might also want to consider adding in a supplement rich in antioxidants. Collagen+ is a collagen powder blend with a powerful base of antioxidants, including special ingredient polypodium leucomotos. It was specially formulated to soothe inflammation and support skin health at the root cause.
4. Eat for great skin
Reducing environmental toxins and chemicals in your diet is a key way to have great skin. That's why adding organic, nutrient dense produce into your diet is a key part of the BePure philosophy. For healthy skin add these fruits and vegetables into your daily diet.
Organic Berries: Berries are part of the dirty dozen so it is best to buy organic berry produce to avoid herbicides and pesticides. Berries are great in smoothies and contain many antioxidants that will help to protect against environmental stress factors and support radiant skin.
Avocado: As a great source of healthy fats, avocados enable your body to efficiently absorb fat-soluble nutrients for skin health. They also contain the antioxidant, carotenoids, which fights free radicals and protects your skin from environmental damage.
Lemon and cucumbers: These are both examples of alkalising foods that are hydrating, nourishing and contain astringent properties. These are very good for skin and digestion and help fight inflammation when a breakout is coming on! Try starting your day with a large glass of water and lemon juice.
Almonds: These are great nutrient dense snacks. Almonds also include high amounts of vital vitamin E which can help to prevent free radical damage in our skin cells.
5. It starts in the gut
While we often think of the microbiome as being within our gut, we have bacteria living in and on us—throughout our entire body. While it's on the outside, our skin is still an organ. Looking after our gut health will reflect all the way through our body to our skin and vice versa, when we take care of our skin in supports the health of our internal organs. Adding fermented foods into your daily diet is a great place to start. Foods like kefir, yogurt, sauerkraut, and kimchi are all nourishing options for our gut.
Our body is made up of 60% water, and as we cannot store this, we must constantly make sure that we are getting enough. Water is essential for feeling good with optimal health and energy—and hydrated skin has a lovely, dewy appearance, which we all love. If your skin woes include flakiness, itching, wrinkles, and even eczema and psoriasis, these can all be signs to increase your daily water intake.
While we've heard it many times before, inner health for outer glow is a really thing. How we treat our body on the inside will be reflected in our skin health. Looking after our skin on the outside and protecting it from UV rays will also help reduce the damage before it begins.
Everything in our body is connected, so we have to look after our body holistically. Getting quality sleep, moving our body daily, and spending quality time with those we love, all do wonders for our inner and outer skin health.