There are certain contributing factors to accelerated skin ageing against which we have to protect our delicate tissues in this harsh natural climate and the stressful urban environment – ultraviolet radiation, dehydration, pollution, smoking, depleted nutrients in our food and most of all stress, both physical and mental.

Stress affects our skin blood flow, limiting its nutrition and delaying healing and repair of daily damage and injury. Nicotine, caffeine and adrenaline are vasoconstrictors, reducing our peripheral circulation and affecting our complexion. Stress also intensifies allergy and sensitivity reactions, which can cause eczema, hives and dermatitis.

Our skin is intimately connected to our intestinal environment. Whatever irritates or injures our intestinal lining interferes with the uptake of essential nutrients, which keep our organs and tissues healthy and replenished. Poor digestion, poor quality food, rushing meals, insufficient nutrition and digestive illnesses such as irritable bowel syndrome, coeliac disease and intestinal parasites all reflect in our skin condition and contribute to skin diseases.

To return our skin cells and underlying connective tissue to their prime and to have our most youthful appearance we must pay attention to ensuring we have adequate intake of the following nutrients:

Mixed carotenoids & Vitamin A, vitamin B2, vitamin C & bioflavonoids, vitamin E, zinc, essential fatty acids, essential amino acids and most importantly water. To ensure that we are receiving adequate nutrition with a hectic lifestyle and stressful environment the most effective way is to take a comprehensive multivitamin/mineral/antioxidant/phytonutrient supplement (such as Hivita Women’s or Men’s Multi or Pharmanex LifePak)

  • 50% raw foods
  • Alkaline – less meat, more vegetables
  • Fibre for good bowel elimination
  • Filtered water for blood, lymph cleansing
  • Avoid alcohol, tea, coffee

There are many natural solutions to repairing and rejuvenating your skin on a daily basis, so that you always keep it in good health. Here are some suggestions from the natural medicine chest:

Cleansing herbal teas, such as calendula, nettle, red clover, burdock, dandelion root, licorice, rosehips, lemon balm and rooibos (high in antioxidants) purify the skin and reduce the toxin load that robs the skin of its healthy glow and elasticity.

Pharmanex AgeLOC R2 provides the cells with genetically-upregulated overnight detoxification capacity, which is proven to reverse cellular ageing with longterm use. Nuskin’s Galvanic Spa home treatment system rests youth gene clusters in skin, reprogramming them to youthful expression by increasing the collagen and elastin content of the dermis, improving the skin’s hydration and reversing age-related pigmentation.

Natural treatments to accelerate healing and rejuvenation:
  • Detoxification programs
  • Soothing massage
  • Acupuncture
  • Nuskin Galvanic Spa deep cleanse & connective tissue repair
  • Vitamin infusions

Petrochemical-free skincare is essential to use if you want to prevent the build up of chemical residues in your epidermis. Organic plant-based cleansers, moisturisers, exfoliants and fine clay and mud masks are available from many companies now (I recommend Living Nature’s range from New Zealand – 100% PURE!)

Any practices which help you to achieve calm and relax your body will make you look more beautiful. Adopt a regular relaxation practice – yoga, meditation, play music, sing, paint, draw, dance to reset your stress level to low. Create space in your day for rest, recovery & healing and don’t forget to BREATHE.

Aerobic exercise improves your circulation to deliver essential nutrients to your skin and flush out the toxins from your tissues and lymphatic channels. It increases endorphin release in your brain which produces calm & sense of wellbeing.

Nourishing, restorative sleep enables your skin cells to repair during this “down time” for our nervous system. Hormones replenish, immunity recovers, tissues and organs rebuild and strengthen and we feel more positive and refreshed the following day, which shows in our eyes and our complexion is a most appealing way. A minimum 7 hours uninterrupted sleep is necessary for this healing, repair & recovery process to be effective.

Antioxidants, which scavenge and remove the metabolic waste from our tissues, are found predominantly in our fresh fruits and vegetables and in higher quantities in organic varieties. It disturbs me that people are avoiding fruits in their diet to reduce their sugar intake, when eaten whole (not juiced) they provide critical nutrients for the effective functioning of our immune system and the integrity of our connective tissue. Go for the fruits and vegetables with lots of blue, red, orange, yellow and purple colour. Chinese white and green teas also have excellent antioxidants for cell protection and anti-ageing benefits.


So for gorgeous skin, always…

  • Choose fresh, health-giving produce for your daily diet
  • Improve your digestion to optimise your nutrition
  • Take nutritional supplements to “fill the gaps”
  • Restore your hydration levels
  • Eliminate environmental toxins, stresses and hazards as much as possible
  • Get active to improve cellular turnover and detoxify your tissues
  • Create space in your daily life for rest & peaceful creative activities
  • Make sure you prioritise adequate sleep
  • Treat your skin with kindness – use safe, natural skin care

Giselle Cooke

Giselle designs integrative health & wellness programs for impressive personal transformation. She is particularly passionate about empowering people to become the best they can be, physically, mentally and emotionally. She is a sought-after public speaker and corporate presenter on a wide variety of health topics with an unique holistic approach, drawing on her knowledge of many healing traditions and over 30 years of experience as a wholistic medical practitioner.

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