As a yogi you are taught the idea that attachment to material possessions isn’t ‘OM’ practice, that addiction isn’t possible if you’re connected and committed to your higher self. And for the most part I believe this certainly to be true.
However alongside being a yogi, I am also a standard human being and we all have our vices. One of which for me is my compulsive need to have a bottle of water on me (and it’s a reasons that I was delighted when no&more asked me to partner with them, can’t be partnering with a company that if I don’t share the same love and beliefs).
This has just been demonstrated by my instant need to go out and buy 2 bottles of water after I’ve just landed in Costa Rica for teaching. In this humidity and heat hydration is key not only for optimal brain and body function but also for my skin.
For a couple of years now I have taken on the ‘oh naturål’ look. Partly due to not enjoying streaky or blotchy makeup post sweaty workout or after having taught a hot challenging class, partly because knowing that anything we apply topically enters into and effects our system as the skin is our biggest and also partly down to convenience aka spending those extra 5 minutes doing something I find more useful with my time. Don’t get me wrong… when I’m going out dancing, or for dinner or there’s an event on I will put on makeup and do enjoy feeling made up and girlie, but, my day to day living doesn’t involve foundation or concealer, or a bb or cc cream or even a tinted moisturiser. So with this is mind I need to ensure my skin is in tip-top condition and I believe this starts from the inside > out.
Breakouts in the skin can be due to a mixture of factors; stress, hormones, allergic reactions as well as your diet. When the gut isn’t happy then your skin isn’t happy. It’s more likely to become inflamed resulting in dermatological conditions such as acne, psoriasis, eczema as well as affecting the plumpness, colouring and texture. With this is mind ensuring that we are keeping our microbiome in a happy, healthy, balanced state is fundamental.
Making sure that we are flushing out toxins and not overriding our system with too much sugar, processed foods and stress induced situations, whilst allowing our skin to breath is key to keeping it looking lush.
Our skin is a multi-functioning organ with roles such as being a protection barrier from the outside world, helping regulate our temperature, to be able to connect and sense others or provide movement, balancing and maintain our fluid levels as well as an excretion system for our body. Without proper hydration these are functions that would be hugely impaired, causing a build-up of toxins within the body and also hindering the ability for the skin cells to rejuvenate.
The result of this is breakouts, a dull colouring and less plumper, flat tone complexion - think about the way your skin is after a night out with the girls, certainly not as fresh and youthful looking as after a hydrating facial or the beach holiday where you’ve been applying plenty of moisturiser and drinking the fresh coconuts.
Obviously using a suitable daily SPF is vital in for our health and skin protection. And I’ve found that a lightweight, non oil based, multi-spectrum UV ray protector, which still allows for the skin to breath and absorbs vitamin D, a vitamin that is crucial in bone strength and overall health, works the best.
As well as cleansing my skin regularly, especially after workouts, with the occasionally facial thrown in (only if I trust the products and they aren’t completely chemically synthesised but more plant derived).
But honestly the key to brighter, fresher, clearer, more youthful looking skin, that means I don’t HAVE to cake make up on a daily bases and do it purely for enjoyment, is a colourful plant based diet and plenty of water!
Get that Gut biome happy, keep flushing out the toxins and allowing the skin to breathe. Love your skin, it’s got to last you a lifetime. Give it some love and get it happy, from the INSIDE > OUT.
Sending big love