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The Good Life with Dr Libby

Dry, flaky skin doesn’t have to be your reality this winter. There are numerous ways to take care of your skin; here are my top tips to get it glowing from the inside out.

Hydrate Skin loves hydration! Your skin is your biggest organ and it needs a steady supply of fluid to stay hydrated, plump and glowing. Ensure that you are drinking plenty of filtered water, herbal tea, organic bone broth and veggie juices to help keep your body and skin hydrated. Fluids also help to flush out any harmful substances from the body and prevent these substances from needing to be excreted through the skin, where they can cause damage.

Nourish Start by eating real food. Real food, as it comes in nature, is packed with a range of nutrients, all of which promote great skin. Vitamin C is particularly helpful for skin, as it helps to combat free-radical damage, which is part of the cause of aging and wrinkles. It’s also essential for the production of collagen, which is responsible for maintaining the structural integrity of your skin. Vitamin C-rich foods include citrus fruit, kiwifruit, capsicum and broccoli.

Skin loves fat! Fat helps the skin to maintain its moisture barrier, which helps keep skin soft and prevents drying. Dry, flaky skin or cracked heels and cuticles can be a sign that you are lacking in essential fatty acids. Omega-3 fats are particularly helpful, and are the type of fat that most people are deficient in. Oily fish like sustainable sardines or salmon, chia seeds, flax seeds, and walnuts are wonderful sources of Omega-3 fats. If you have any dry patches of skin, coconut oil makes a great topical moisturiser.

Look after your gut If the gut is not working optimally, it will often show up in the skin, as the skin is just another pathway of elimination for the body. Flare ups of pimples, acne, rosacea, eczema, and rashes are a signal that other body systems may not be functioning at their best, and more often than not, it is the gut that is not as happy as it could be. A diet high in plant foods, drinking lots of water and avoiding caffeine, trans fats, processed sugars and alcohol can all contribute to good digestion and happy, radiant, clear skin.

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