I’m a mother, nutritional therapist and author who has been sharing recipes to help you get the glow back for the last 8 years...
Writing ‘9 Simple Tweaks That Transformed My Skin’ couldn’t have happened 10 years ago – I had awful skin back then! Now that my skin is better, I feel more confident within myself. Why? Because I think happiness comes from spending time with people I care about, and if I know we’re properly talking to each other and you’re not distracted by looking at my spots or my dry skin, then I feel good.
I used to have terribly dry, dull skin and I broke out a lot. But with 9 simple tweaks to my diet, my skincare and my self-care, my skin is glowing! It’s hydrated, plumped and I rarely break out. So I want to share my secrets to glowing skin with you…
The temptation to pick my spots when I feel a giant root under my skin is too much! But squeezing whiteheads only scars my skin and spreads bacteria, which makes my complexion worse. So instead of picking at those big whiteheads, I allow myself to burst a little blackhead on my nose. I get the satisfaction of that squeezing sensation but it doesn’t run the rest of my face.
You know that lovely post-yoga glow where you feel relaxed and floaty? I find that feeling really intensifies when I’ve practiced inversions. You don’t have to be able to do a headstand – even lying with your legs up the wall can improve blood flow and de-stress you, which I find really shows in my skin.
No matter what the weather, I go out for a walk every day. I wear SPF to protect my face, but I think it’s important to get vitamin D because this sunshine vitamin gives your skin the nutrients it needs to grow and repair. Also, walking in the fresh air always makes me less stressed and I see the result in my skin.
Omega 3s are proven to plump up the skin as well as reduce inflammation. So I eat healthy fats with every meal, whether it’s walnuts on my porridge, a chia pudding, avocado on toast or wild salmon for dinner. And of course I eat coconut in its many forms: curries with coconut milk, or coconut oil in my protein balls.
Two or three times a week I treat my skin to Glow-Co-Nuts, my new coconut face mask. Coconut is the most amazingly hydrating and plumping ingredient: it works on the inside and the outside! Sometimes I sleep in a sheer layer of Glow-Co-Nuts, or I’ll slather on a luxuriously thick layer for 10 minutes before a big meeting when I want to look my glowy best.
Zinc is good for skin because it supports cell development – did you know your skin regenerates constantly? Good sources of zinc include pumpkin seeds (I scatter them on salads), chickpeas (have you tried my Tomato And Chickpea Curry?) and lamb (one of my favourite meats, because it’s easy to digest).
Refined sugar spikes your insulin levels, which causes inflammation that can break down your skin’s natural collagen. Collagen is what makes your skin nice and plump, and we stop producing it in our late 20s. I have a sweet tooth but I find cutting out refined sugar means the natural sweetness in fruit is enough to satisfy my cravings.
Lying in isn’t really an option these days – thanks Shay! – so I make an effort to go to bed about 10pm most nights. I’m always tempted to watch one more episode of Gossip Girl in the evening, but going to bed means I get 30 minutes more sleep than I would’ve otherwise.
“Drink more water” is so obvious that it’s almost off-putting, but drinking more water is one of the most wonderful things you can do for glowing skin. Your skin is 64% water, and H2O is essential for good digestion too, which hugely impacts your skin. I try to drink about two litres of water a day – herbal tea and smoothies count too!
What works for your skin? I’d love to know what makes you glow, so hop over to Instagram and tell me.
Love, Madeleine xx