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I was on the tube the other day (I’ve just realised a few of my posts start like this…)  and I saw a poster advertising a vitamin supplement designed to improve the skin, its tag line being “the unique supplement for inner health and outer glow”.

It got me wondering…

Can a supplement really improve your skin?

I decided to delve a little deeper, so I took a look at their website.

The website claims that Perfectil is the UK’s number one nutritional supplement specially developed for skin, hair and nails. It goes on to explain that the advanced formulation is based on 35 years of scientific research into the benefits of targeted optimal nutrition.

Your skin is a really good indicator of what is going on inside your body and with your overall health. So to get good-looking, healthy skin, you need to take care of your whole body.

Diet plays a big part in this. Eating a healthy diet reduces the number of toxins, and increases the amount of vitamins and nutrients consumed. However, even the healthiest of diets can’t always include enough of all of the nutrients required by your body for it to function at its best.

So it stands to reason that a specifically designed vitamin supplement can fill the gap left by a diet lacking in certain vitamins, minerals and trace elements, and help to improve your health as a whole, and so improve your skin.

These supplements are designed to support the building blocks of your skin, hair and nails, as well as maintaining their health and appearance. This approach can deliver results, with an effectiveness that works on a deeper level than by just using topical moisturising creams or conditioners.

But these supplements are not an easy, quick-fix solution. To improve your health and your skin long-term you need to improve your diet and lifestyle.

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You might wonder what a skincare blog is doing talking about food.

Well, your skin is really a reflection of what is going on inside your body.

The best way to improve your body’s health (and so, your skin) is to eat well.

This means reducing the ‘bad’ foods, increasing the ‘good’ foods, ditching the diets, and really enjoying the food you eat.

Notice I said to “reduce”, instead of “cut out” the ‘bad’ foods. I don’t believe you should have to cut anything out of your diet completely (unless you’re allergic or intolerant to it, but we’ll talk about that later).

As my Mother used to say… everything in moderation.

Here are a few pointers…

Reduce the ‘bad’ stuff

Try to reduce ‘bad’ foods like alcohol, caffeine, fizzy drinks, refined sugar, bad fats (found in cakes, cookies, fast foods, etc), refined carbohydrates (white bread, white pasta, white rice), fried foods, etc.

Stock up on the good stuff

Come on, we all know what the ‘good’ foods are… fresh fruit and vegetables, wholegrains, good fats (omegas 3, 6 and 9, found in fish, nuts, seeds, olive oil, etc), greens and salad leaves, chicken and lean meat, etc.

Consider the 90/10 rule

I hate that this is called a rule (in my head, rules are there to be broken), but other than that, I think this is a pretty good principal to work to. The idea is that you have lots of good, healthy food for 90% of the time, and treat yourself for the other 10%.

I’ll admit, sometimes it’s more like 80/20 for me, but that’s ok. As long as my body is getting lots of fresh healthy food, I don’t mind treating myself when I feel like it.

Watch out for allergies and intolerances

It goes without saying that you should cut out any food that you are allergic to, because you can have really dangerous reactions from even just a tiny amount.

It may also be worth looking at food intolerances. These are generally less noticable than allergies and you may not even know when you have one, but it could be affecting your body in a negative way.

For me, it’s white bread and white pasta that do it. I absolutely love white bread, but if I eat any I have symptoms of bloating, sluggish digestion and lethargy. So, I cut it out altogether and feel much better for it.

Pack a snack

There are ways of acknowledging your hunger and taking care of it in a healthy way. A typical time for a blood-sugar dip is mid-afternoon. Always take a snack with you wherever you go, this will save you from popping into the nearest shop for a choclate bar.

Beware BOGOFs

Supermarkets like to make us feel like we’re getting a bargain with “2 for £3.00”, “buy-one-get-one-free”, and just recently I’ve been noticing “by-one-get-two-free”! Steer clear of these offers if they are for items like cakes which have a short best-before date as they’ll “need eating before they go off”. Sound familiar?

Identify trigger foods and trigger times

We all have food triggers from childhood that seem to have an electricity about them, that make us feel comforted.

The same goes for certain times or activities.

I used to treat myself to a couple of pieces of chocolate when I was watching my favourite TV programme in the evenings. Not too bad, you might think. But it got to the point that whenever I was in that position on the couch, facing the TV (the TV didn’t even need to be on!), I would just crave chocolate and have to have it!

What started as a little treat became a must-have.

Are you stressed?

This is one of the main reasons why people over-eat or under-eat. If you are stressed, take some time to identify why, or it will be a never-ending cycle.

Be realistic

We live in an all-or-nothing culthure; you’re on a diet or your off a diet, you’re exercising six days a week or you’re lazy. Our generation is always looking for a quick-fix solution.

Take your time, ease into it gently; habits will change over time.

The perfect healthy diet will not just happen overnight. There will be the odd stumble and fall along the way. It is important not to feel guilty about it. Just pick yourself up and carry on.

It’s all any of us can do.

Take the next step towards naturally beautiful, healthy skin by clicking here to sign-up to the Freyaluna tribe.

I’ll send you weekly inspiration, recipes, ideas, and straight-talking skincare advice to get you on track for your most beautiful skin ever, the natural way!

As a bonus, you’ll also get a FREE copy of my “5 Secrets to Naturally Beautiful Skin” ebook. Join the tribe here!

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I know I’m normally a Friday blogger, but just had to put this out there for any of you who may be suffering with me!

This may be a bit of an over-share, but it’s just come around to my ‘time of the month’. Any ladies out there (and men if they’ve been unfortunate to be on the receiving end of it) may well know my pain (quite literally), when I tell you my PMT is awful, unbelievable, terrible, dreadful, beastly, or any other adjective you’d like to add!

I get cramps like you wouldn’t believe, feel nauseous, just generally don’t want to get out of bed, and to top it all off, I also tend to get PMT acne.

As you probably already know, it’s those darn hormones that cause all the trouble!

Hormones regulate every function in your body.

When your hormones are in balance you feel great! You have bags of energy, sleep like a baby, your sex drive is strong, you’re thinking straight, you look wonderful, your immune and digestive systems function well, and your weight is stable!

Hormone imbalance, then, has the ability to mess up every function in your body, including causing acne.

So here they are…

4 steps to treating PMT acne;

  • Reduce stress – high stress levels will elevate PMT. Reducing stress will, of course, not only help to ease PMT, but will also help improve your skin, body and life in general.
  • Eat better – I don’t mean to go on a diet, just eat better/healthier – include plenty of wholefoods, fresh fruit and vegetables, protein and good fats in your diet. Reduce the amount of refined sugar you consume. Even just small changes can make a difference. Avoid caffeine, especially around your period, as it can increase stress levels.
  • Consider supplements – even a great diet can be lacking in essential nutrients, such as good fats (e.g. fish oils, evening primrose oil, flaxseed oil), which can help with reducing PMT and PMT acne. Visit a naturopath or health food shop for advice.
  • Exercise regularly – I know that when you’ve got that ‘don’t even want to get out of bed’ feeling, exercise is probably the last thing you want to do, but it really does help. I just walked to the shops and back (around 20 – 30 minutes) and feel a lot better for it. Walking, swimming, and yoga all help to reduce PMT by reducing stress. But be careful, sometime intensive workouts can increase PMT and PMT acne.

So there you have it… My super-quick guide to treating PMT and PMT acne.

Oh, and as an added bonus, I feel it is my duty to give you this little tip… If you, like me, suffer from period cramps, try staying clear of cold drinks. I know it can be difficult when the weather is so warm, but the cold can exacerbate cramps. Try drinking warm drinks. I especially recommend herbal teas.

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