Wednesday, 13 April 2016

10 Steps to Naturally Radiant and Younger Looking Skin

When skincare is an all-consuming passion, it’s easy to become blinkered in our thinking on skin health.

Undoubtedly the creams we put on our faces make a massive impact on the health of our skin. No matter how cynical we are, there simply wouldn’t be a vibrant skincare industry if that wasn’t the case.

But equally, topical solutions are just a part of the answer. Other factors are at play when it comes to skin health, including diet, exercise and even our thought processes. A few weeks ago I sat down to discuss this very matter with nutritionist and detox expert Zoe Palmer-Wright, who was meeting journalists at a Solgar-hosted event to celebrate the re-branding of their beauty supplements (more on that coming up).

Zoe (middle) with me (left) and Solgar UK head of nutrition Alice Bradshaw (right)

Zoe explained that free radical damage through our lifestyle choices is a massive cause of premature skin ageing, but that there are things we can do to put it right. Here are Zoe’s top 10 tips to naturally radiant and younger looking skin. 
  1. Avoid certain beauty product chemicals such as Sodium Lauryl Sulphate  (SLS), Propylene Glycol and Parabens  (there is evidence to suggest that some are carcinogenic and cause skin irritations)
  2. Limit bad foods in your diet including sugar (attacks collagen), processed foods, trans and hydrogenated fats (swap margarine for butter, look for foods containing Omegas 3 and 6)
  3. Eat more antioxidant-rich plant foods such as blueberries and citrus fruits, as well as fresh veg (kale, broccoli and carrots etc - strive for a rainbow coloured diet)
  4. Get 15-30 minutes of sun exposure daily. While UV rays damage skin there is a massive problem of Vitamin D deficiency in the UK through our obsession with sun avoidance and SPF creams
  5. Adopt the 80% rule (eat to the point where you first feel stomach pressure)
  6. Detox regularly by juice cleansing/ fasting (it aids skin repair)
  7. Take food supplements including collagen, hyaluronic acid and vitamin c. These will help to top-up our levels should we not be getting enough from our diet
  8. Avoid stress and eliminate negative thoughts. Practice positive thinking – it will reduce mental and emotional stress-induced free radical damage to skin cells
  9. Take up yoga or some form of exercise that involves turning our body upside down. Seriously, doing head, hand and shoulder stands send blood and oxygen flowing to the scalp and face
  10. Beauty sleep. The amount we need varies from person-to-person but on average we should be getting between 5-8 1/2 hours each night
Zoe will be publishing a book in the Autumn on nutrition for better skin health. More on that too coming up! You can follow Zoe on Instagram here.

Vegetable Pic Credit: Search Influence.



  1. Thank you for the great tips I already knew a lot of them and try my best to stick with them! I also have a post on skincare

    1. Thank you Francesca. I'll check your blog out shortly. Tx

  2. Wonderful and useable tips! You are so right, skincare is an inside as well as an outside job 💙

    Thanks for sharing!

    Leigh at Fashion Du Jour LDN HQ x

    1. Yes it is, the holistic approach :) Tx

  3. Great write-up! These are some amazing tips. I am going to share this post with all my friends as well, they will surely love it. Keep sharing.

    1. Thank you Rebecca, that's very kind. Tx

  4. Great tips and most I know I should follow but don't! Thanks for the gentle reminder and making me want to try harder to achieve a better lifestyle and of course better skin!


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