We’ve teamed up with the lovely team at Orchard Barn to share their 5-top-tips for glowing skin come your big day.
Orchard Barn Health & Well-being Centre share their top tips for a glowing complexion on your big day. It is important to look after our skin from a nutritional perspective. Most skin conditions can be attributed to deficiencies in either vitamins or minerals.
Here are five things that you can start to do today that will support you skin health. When we think about organs in the body the skin isn’t the one that initially springs to mind BUT surprisingly our skin is the largest organ of our bodies.
In an average height adult, their skill will cover appropriately 22 square feet, weigh around 8lb and will renew itself appropriately every 27 days.
The skin is an amazing organ. It carries out many functions including:
Acting as a barrier, protecting us from attack from microorganisms
Protecting us from the elements and regulating our temperature. Keeping us warm when it gets cold and cooling us when we get hot.
Protecting us from the sun by pigmenting our skin.
Keeping us hydrated.
Protecting our delicate internal organs from damage.
Producing our supple of vitamin D.
Allowing us to feel pain, pressure and touch. Touch stimulates various hormone reactions including increasing oxytocin (the Happy hormone) and reducing cortisol (and improving immune response).
1. Keep Hydrated.
Our skin loses water constantly as a response to the environment we are in and as a way of removing toxins from the body. Well hydrated skin is flexible and strong meaning that it is less prone to damage and therefore the risk of infection. Aim for 6 to 8 glasses of water per day, drink more if the weather is warm or if you are exercising lots.
2. Eat fat.
Fat is an essential building block in our skin’s defences. It is the glue that sticks the cells together – like the mortar that bonds bricks together. It stops dehydration and infection. Fat is also used to create a protective acid mantle on the skins surface to prevent the penetration of bacteria and other contaminates. It isn’t any old fat that the body needs for this but Omega 3 fatty acid that can be found in oily fish (such as salmon, trout, sardines, mackerel and anchovies), nuts and seeds (especial Flaxseed and Hemp seeds including their oils). Try to eat 3 portions of oily fish per week and a range of nuts and seeds over the week.
3. Vitamin C.
Vitamin C is needed in the creation ofcollagen.Collagen gives skin its elasticity and strength. Include citrus fruits, berries, green leafy vegetables, tomatoes, peas and bell peppers into your meals daily. Kiwi fruit are high in this vitamin and two pieces of this fruit can meet all your vitamin C needs for the day.
4. Vitamin E.
Vitamin E is an antioxidant that protects the skin from sun damage and it works best with vitamin C. Avocadoes contain vitamins E and C as well as healthy fats. Try and have avocadoes two to three times per week. Vitamin E has also been linked to protecting the DNA replication process of the cells so it is important to ensure you have enough of this vitamin daily. It can also be found in nuts and seeds (including their oils), leafy greens such as spinach and eggs.
5. Young Green Vegetables.
Want to create a radiant glow to your skin? Well ensure that you include lots of young green vegetables. These will support your digestive system to work efficiently as well as containing numerous vitamins and minerals that reduce inflammation and help prevent the signs of aging.
Whilst we can’t wait to try out these top 5 tips for glowing skin, we can’t recommend a little bit of TLC at Orchard Barn enough. Located just 3 miles down the road in the small village of Stallingborough, Orchard Barn not only specialise in health and well-being, they also offer a full menu of beauty treatments, massages, yoga classes and everything you could need for some self indulgence, pre wedding!
To see their full range of treatments, classes and offerings, visit their website by clicking here.