In Part 1 of this post, I suggested some wonderful dietary changes you should consider if you want to create radiant skin. Have you tried experimenting with any of these ideas?

Now, let’s look at some less well-known solutions to problem skin. Though healthy diet changes can radically improve your skin, you may need to delve a bit deeper to really make lasting transformation.

 

6. Heal Your Stress

 

As someone who blushes very easily, I’ve often cursed how well my skin will reflect my inner feelings at the most inappropriate times! (I’d make a terrible spy…or poker player.)

And if you’ve ever suffered with skin trouble during times of stress, it will come as no surprise to you that science is starting to prove a strong connection between how we feel inside and how our skin looks on the outside.

There is even a new branch of dermatology now called ‘psychodermatology’ which treats skin conditions not just with medication, but with stress therapies like meditation and relaxation.

Whether you are prone to expressing your stress through your skin or not will be down to your genes. (Each of us has our own particular areas of our bodies that are most affected by our emotions.) But if skin is your trouble area during times of stress, it is worth doing what you can to take time out, relax and care for yourself.

If this is a chronic issue and medication and diet changes haven’t helped too much, it is worth addressing what emotional issues may be at the root of the problem. Psychotherapy is a great way to work through your feelings on life events you have founded difficult or traumatic. Complementary therapies like reiki, acupuncture and massage can also feel wonderfully healing – it’s hard to underestimate the healing effects of caring touch and a listening ear.

 

7. Exercise is Not Just for Your Heart!

 

We all know that exercise is good for our overall health, but did you realise its benefits for your skin? By increasing blood flow to the skin, exercise helps keep skin cells nourished and vital. This extra blood flow also assists in the removal of toxins.

Exercise also helps to reduce stress and increase your feelings of wellbeing. And any reduction in stress, as we know, can help reduce inflammation in the body and improve many skin issues.

The key is to try something you actually enjoy. If you force yourself to do exercise you hate just for the sake of it, you won’t do anything to reduce your stress hormone, cortisol!

So if you recoil at the thought of jogging for miles or get bored at the gym, think about more regenerative ways of moving your body: dance, yoga, tai chi and walking in nature.

 

8. Go with Natural Skincare

 

From when we first get pimples and acne in our teens to when we see wrinkles appear (and deepen!), we are bombarded with advertisements for miracle-cure cleansers, moisturisers and serums. It’s tempting to think that applying an overpriced product to our skin will transform our skin by itself. The reality is that these products frequently disappoint and what’s more can actually exacerbate the problem.

Most cosmetics are made with the kind of synthetic ingredients likely to irritate sensitive skin. It is worth moving away from mainstream skincare and instead choosing products made with organic and gentle ingredients.

Some of my favourite brands for sensitive skins are:

Pai (the Bioregenerative Rosehip Oil does an amazing job on dry or aging skin)

Moo Goo

Other quality brands are:

Burt’s Bees

Dr Hauschka

Lavera

 

9. Quit Smoking

 

This is a bit of a no-brainer, really! I think we all know smoking is a complete disaster for your skin. Nuff said 🙂

 

So what do you think? Will you be making any of these changes to transform your skin? How have you dealt with skin problems in the past? Is there anything that has worked for you that you think I’ve missed? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

 

Niamh x