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Have you got the guts for good skin ?

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We all know keeping up a solid skin cleansing regime is key for fighting blemishes and maintaining good skin… But what we put into our bodies (and how we absorb it) is just as key. But how do you know what to look out for and how to fix it? We nabbed a sit down with nutritionist Hannah Richards to tell us how to spot (pun intended) potential gut issues, plus her top tips for getting the glow…

Staring right back at you in the mirror is your body’s roadmap to what is going on inside you. Around six metres of it, to be precise. In fact, it’s your largest organ. Think about that for a moment: your skin is your largest organ, with the express responsibility of protecting your inners from the outside world no less.

So how can you tell if you have issues that run more than skin deep?

SIGNS TO LOOK OUT FOR:

  • Dull looking skin and hair
  • Blemished and scarred skin
  • Dark shadows under the eyes
  • Bleeding gums
  • Nails that split or that are weak
  • Cuts and wounds that resist healing
  • Prolonged bruising

Sound familiar? While overhauling your lifestyle is probably a no-go (especially if you’re a mum), there are some small, easy changes anyone can make now.

HANNAH’S QUICK TIPS TO IMPROVE SKIN ASAP:

Eat tomatoes
The most versatile of the fruits and now a natural sun protector, too: tomatoes contains lycopene which is an antioxidant protecting you from the sun’s rays from the inside out. Just make sure it’s in season (tomatoes grow in the UK from June to September) and doesn’t look perfect as imperfection in vegetables tends to reveal a better taste sensation.

Close your pores
Tightened pores are less likely to clog: fact. Try taking a cold shower (or at the very least have a cold couple of minutes at the end of your shower) to seal the pores in the skin and scalp, preventing dirt from getting trapped. Bonus: hot water is drying to skin so by braving the cold, you’ll also ensure more moisture is locked into your skin.

Learn how to breathe
You may be thinking that you already know how to do this pretty well, but most people aren’t getting the most from their breath. By learning to breathe diaphragmatically you will be giving your organs a workout at the same time as tightening up those abs.

Support the Vagal Nerve and digestion
The Vagal Nerve is the wandering nerve that connects all your vital organs. By taking a cold shower or a swim in a lake or unheated pool you can stimulate this master nerve and improve your digestive system at the same time.

Get rosy
As well as smelling divine, Rosehip Oil supports healthy cell regeneration. Try Pai Bioregenerate Oil which is 100% natural and organic and helps restore balance and regenerate skin without irritation.