Who doesn’t want healthy, vibrant looking skin? Everyone's skin is unique, but there are a number of things we can all do to support and encourage positive skin health.  Healthy skin is more than just the products we use on our skin. The foods we consume and the lifestyle habits we adopt also contribute significantly to how our skin looks and feels.

It’s time that you feel confident with your complexion and take back your skin health for good! We’re going to equip you with the knowledge you need to do so. So first, let’s talk about how the foods we consume can affect our skin heath and how we can improve the overall condition and appearance of our skin. We’ve called on Krissy (the qualified nutritionist, health coach and creative mind behind Her Nourished) to get the best professional advice and tips on how to best care for the skin and achieve a gorgeous complexion.

Krissy's top tips for eating your way to a healthy, clear skin and a beautiful complexion:

While reaching for miracle creams and potions when you have skin issues can seem like the logical thing to do, nutrition (aka what you eat) is one of the best ways to support skin health from the inside-out.

Your skin is your largest organ and the one that is often most reflective of what is going on inside. The food you eat, and subsequently your digestion of those foods, can impact the way your skin looks and feels.  Acne, poor scar healing and rashes, to name a few, can be signs that your body isn't getting the nourishment and care it needs.

Some skin issues are complex and may require exploration by a specialised professional. However, there are specific foods that are known to support skin health due to their skin-loving nutrient profile. 

8 skin-loving foods to support healthy, nourished and vibrant skin!  

Water

Water isn’t technically food, but none-the-less it makes it to the top of the list when talking about skin health. Your entire body requires water to function and skin is no exception.  Drinking water at every occasion between meals supports healthy, nourished and vibrant skin directly as well as indirectly such as through digestion and circulation.

Keep a water bottle with you to remind you to stay hydrated between meals.  I love popping a slice of lemon into my water in the morning for extra skin-boosting properties (more on lemon soon).

Berries

Free radicals and antioxidants are terms that you’ve likely heard floating around the health arena. When the balance of free radicals and antioxidants within our body is out (often as a result of exposure to toxicity or poor nutrition) ageing can occur more rapidly.  Berries are rich in antioxidants that can help protect your cells from damage from free radicals.  Berries are also lower in sugar compared to most other fruits.

Add a handful of berries to your smoothie or pair with nuts and seeds for a delicious snack.

Almonds

Almonds are a great source of Vitamin E.  Vitamin E is an antioxidant and as discussed above antioxidants can help protect cells from the damage free radicals cause.  Almonds are also a good source of fibre, important for healthy digestion and gut health.

From a skin perspective, look for raw almonds that still have their skin intact as the antioxidants are largely found in the brown skin.  Snack on a small handful of almonds between meals or add a glass of homemade almond milk to your day.

Almond Oil is a staple ingredients here at Dusty Girls. We make our Vegan Lip Shine with lots of Almond Oil to give it extra moisturising capabilities. 

Citrus

Vitamin C is another valuable Vitamin that supports skin health by protecting the skin from oxidative stress.  Citrus fruits such as lemons, limes and oranges are a delicious way to add Vitamin C to your day, but Vitamin C is also widely found in a number of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Add lemon juice to your daily water or smoothies for an easy boost of Vitamin C.

Avocado

Avocados are a rich source of vitamins and essential fatty acids.  Essential fatty acids can not be made by the body therefore it is essential (just like their name) that you eat foods that naturally contain these healthy fats.  The fatty acids in avocado help your skin produce a natural oil barrier, keeping it hydrated and more youthful in appearance.

Add avocado to your salad or meal for a delicious dose of essential fatty acids.  Don’t like the taste of avocado?  Try sprinkling a little salt, lemon juice and chilli on top.  And guess what?  You can also apply avocado straight to the skin as a face mask.  FUN!

Some more natural oils we LOVE are Watermelon Seed Oil, Manuka Tree Leaf Oil, Apricot Seed Oil and Grape Seed Oil. These beautiful oils can be found all throughout the Dusty Girls range, in particular the Lip Products!

Seeds (sunflower, pumpkin etc)

Seeds are another source of the all-important essential fatty acids.  Some people find seeds less dense and easier to digest than nuts, therefore seeds are often the perfect way to consume healthy fat.

Sprinkle a few tablespoons of seeds over your meals before eating or enjoy a mix of seeds and goji berries.

Oats

Oats, a HUGE favourite at Her Nourished Headquarters, are yet another source of essential fatty acids as well as compounds that can help reduce inflammation.  They also contain vitamin E, one of the most talked-about Vitamins when it comes to promoting youth.

Oats naturally contain phytic acid, which can combine with some of the essential minerals in our intestine and block their absorption (which over time may lead to mineral deficiencies). Soaking helps to break down the phytic acid and makes the oats easier to digest.  It is best to soak oats in a dairy-free liquid as the calcium in milk has been suggested to be less effective in breaking down the phytic acid, therefore making the soaking process less effective.  At Her Nourished I simply soak oats in filtered water.

If you tolerate grains, consider adding a handful of soaked oats to your day by enjoying warm oatmeal, a delicious oat smoothie or the Her Nourished favourite, a nourishing bowl of zucchini oats!

Maca powder - HORMONES

Our skin is often reflective of the state of our hormonal health. Maca powder is believed to have wide-ranging benefits including to the hormonal system.  It’s important to note here that research into the impact Maca can have on hormonal health is limited in some areas (there is some research, such as for premenopausal women, just not a lot of it), so watch this space.  None-the-less, it’s another favourite at Her Nourished in small amounts.

Try adding a small amount (approximately 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon) to your smoothie, oats, sprinkled on yogurt or in bliss balls.

Extra tips:

While not a food, digestive health is possibly one of the most important systems to nourish when seeking vibrant and healthy skin.  To keep your digestive system happy and healthy, ensure you are staying hydrated, eating nourishing whole foods and eating foods rich in fibre (you’re in luck, as most plant-based whole foods naturally contain fibre).

Stick to beautifying, toxic-free makeup and skincare, such as the Dusty Girls range, to reduce free radical exposure and support healthy, nourished and vibrant skin while enhancing your beautiful features.

To find out more about Krissy and to check out some of her delicious, healthy recipes you can visit www.hernourished.com

Looking to get creative in the kitchen? Check out these mouth-watering recipes for positive eating and skin health:

Nourishing recipes for healthy skin:

 


 

Dusty Girls on Makeup for Healthy Skin 

So now we know how we can best fuel and nourish our skin through the food we consume, it is time to look at how we can best care and protect our skin through the products we are apply. Would you have ever thought that by applying makeup you could improve the health of your skin? Well with Dusty Girls, you can!

It just doesn’t seem possible. But let me assure you, it truly is (I encourage you to do the research for yourself, check out all of the ingredients we use in our products- you can find them on your packages and they are also listed on the website). We combine powerful, effective, natural actives, oils, vitamins and minerals to ensure we are providing the highest quality products that will be suitable for all women, even those with the most sensitive of skin. Even if you are blessed with beautiful skin, natural products are the best way to ensure it stays at it's best..

We are passionate about creating healthy, natural products for women of all ages and skin types. A lot of women who use our products suffer with sensitive skin and skin conditions, which is why it is so important that we are extra careful with the ingredients we use. We dedicated our first blog post to educating women on the benefits of pure, mineral makeup and how you can be sure you are picking the best products for your skin.

Are your ready to make the transition to a healthy range of makeup or simply stock up on your everyday essentials? We've bundled up some of our most-loved products for you, beautiful!

Creating healthy, vibrant skin has never been easier or more affordable. The Fresh Face Kit (avaiable in Light and Medium) contains four of our signature products for creating a flawless coverage without synthetic chemicals. 

Earth Cream 50ml
You can create a beautiful base with big benefits using this versatile BB cream. Packed full of moisturising and haling ingredients you can achieve a smooth, full coverage and SPF properties. Perfect for all ages and skin types!

Mineral Blush
This gorgeous shade will have you glowing inside and out. Enhance your natural beauty by adding flush of pink to your cheeks and eyes. No synthetic dyes, chemicals or preservatives.

Kabuki Brush
Will allow for a smooth and effortless application of your makeup, and won’t leave any bristles behind as evidence. This versatile brush can be used to apply your Mineral Foundation, Mineral Blush and Earth Cream, talk about clever!

Mineral Lip Gloss 8g
This moisturising formula that will actually nourish and condition your lips to keep them silky smooth and soft in every season. No Silicone, synthetic dyes or chemicals or preservatives needed.

The Fresh Face kits are the perfect way to try some of our most-loved products, achieve a beautiful complexion and take back the health of your skin! Say goodbye to makeup that weighs down your skin. Open yourself up to a healthy range of natural makeup with big skin benefits.

Sammy,

and the rest of the Natural Beauties.