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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.

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Whether you have a severe case, or just get one big spot every now and then, acne can be just as traumatic and embarrassing.

What is acne?

I have trawled the internet far and wide, and have found many definitions of what acne is, but the simplest, and the one that makes most sense to me is this…

Acne is simply your body’s way of getting rid of physical or emotional toxins through your skin.

So really, acne is a good thing in a way, because your body is expelling toxins that you really don’t want inside your body!

Of course, we would all like these toxins to be removed in healthier ways, even better if there are fewer toxins to begin with!

How can I get rid of my acne?

Most people believe that acne is due to uncleanliness or not washing enough.

It’s not.

People also tend to think that to cure acne, you simply need to find the ‘right’ skincare product or routine.

While skincare does play a part, there are many things you need to consider.

Here is a quick rundown of what helps…

  • Stop picking! Picking and squeezing your spots only makes it worse – you are spreading the bacteria around your face, and you will be left with scares that will last a lot longer than the spot itself.
  • Skincare – use gentle products that are non-comedogenic (meaning they won’t block your pores). Don’t use harsh products that will scrub away the natural balance of your skin and strip away all the oil. Your skin does need some oil to function properly!
  • Diet – try to cut out any foods you are allergic or intolerant to. Try to cut down on ‘bad’ foods such as refined sugar, processed food, fried foods, fizzy drinks, bad fats… I think you get the picture!
  • Diet – try to include lots of ‘good’ foods in your diet, like fresh fruit and vegetables, good fats (omegas 3,6,9), anti-oxidants, water.
  • Reduce stress – stress can muck up your whole system! It can weaken your immune system, mess up your digestive system, and really screw-up your hormones and emotions.

This has been a super-quick look at acne.

I’ll be going into it in more depth over the coming months. Make sure you stay up to date 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!

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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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We’ve all heard things throughout our life that we then stick to because we believe they’re true. In our Beauty Myths Busted Series we’re going to look at some of these myths in depth to see if they are really true.

Beauty Myth #1

Eating excess sugar causes wrinkles

Beauty Fact

Sugar isn’t a direct cause of wrinkles.

If you were to eat a predominantly sugar-based diet, I very much doubt that it would be the actual sugar that would cause wrinkles, more likely it would be due to the fact that there weren’t any healthy, antioxidant-rich foods in your diet.

Similarly, a poor diet brought about by crash-dieting, or a fat-free diet can lead to premature wrinkles because of the evaporation of fat cells in the face, which give the skin its plumped-up feel and appearance. This can leave you with sagging jowls and dark circles under the eyes.

Now, I’m not saying you need to stop eating cake. I love cake!

Mmmm!… Cake…!

Sorry, I got distracted… where was I?

Oh yes, so what you need is a good all-round balance in your diet. Not a detox of cutting out lots of types of food, and not a diet which involves a lot of sugar. Rather it should be a balanced diet with everything in moderation, including plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables.

But i know you know that already!

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It’s big question…

Most people, when faced (quite literally) with a skin complaint such as acne, psoriasis or rosacea, will head to the nearest chemist to pick up a ‘magical cream’ to slather over the problem in an attempt to control and defeat it.

But… What if it’s what goes into your body, rather than what goes onto it, that counts?

The British Association of Dermatologists says that eight million people in the UK suffer from a significant skin disease, and some, such as eczema and skin cancer, are on the rise. Fifteen percent of British children are said to now suffer from eczema, four times as many as fifty years ago, and up to thirty percent of those will continue to suffer into adulthood.

A study conducted a few years ago estimated that fourteen percent of British women between the ages of 26 and 44 (so not counting those turbulent teenage years!) suffer from facial acne. So it is no wonder that the medicated skincare market in Britain has, and is continuing to experience unprecedented growth.

But many experts believe that what we put inside our bodies is more important than smearing our skin with expensive lotions.

Many skin conditions are thought to be a reflection of hormone imbalances, and the inability to absorb nutrients and eliminate the by-products of digestion. Your skin affected by how well you are internally and is, therefore, a remarkable barometer of your overall health.

If skin disorders are the body’s way of expressing its imbalances, treating a skin problem using topical creams and gels is, surely, the equivalent of applying a hot flannel to the tip of an ice burg. The other problem being that this would simply mask a possible greater problem by treating the symptom rather than the condition.

But we’re not talking about internal medications here, either. Some people are prescribed courses of antibiotics to banish spots and rosacea, but this is not a long-term solution. Getting your body’s systems working optimally is crucial to addressing skin problems. It is well-known that antibiotics kill good bacteria as well as bad, which can damage the digestive and immune systems. So, in this case, perhaps they do more harm than good.

What we’re really talking about is diet; eating foods that nourish your body, while limiting those that contribute no nutritional value, is important.

Now, I’m not, by any means, suggesting that a good diet alone will defeat the most serious skin conditions, but a better understanding of which foods are good and which are bad for our skin has to be a good thing… Not to mention being far cheaper than shelling out for the latest miracle cream!

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