Beauty on the surface is more than skin deep

WHEN it comes to beauty issues, often the challenge is more than skin deep.

So we asked holistic health expert and coach Tyler Tolman, of http://www.tylertolman.com, how to deal with some of the most common health-related beauty woes.

Acne

Cause: Pores become blocked with bad bacteria and oil.

This can be due to: toxins in the liver, bowel or colon; hormone, nervous system or digestive imbalances; and the body's inability to eliminate waste, says Tolman.

Solution: Cut out refined sugar, deep-fried and processed foods - keep the diet as "natural" and plant-based as possible.

Add in lots of leafy green vegies, avocado, raw nuts and seeds, extra-virgin olive oil, berries, onion, garlic and cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and brussels sprouts.

"These help to detox excess hormones, which can help with acne control."

Increase your water intake, too, to help cleanse the intestinal tract and add one tablespoon of alkalising apple cider vinegar to water and sip throughout the day.

Hyperpigmentation

Cause: Caused by increased melanin production, as a result of: excessive UV exposure; hormones during pregnancy or from the contraceptive pill; and toxins or imbalances in the liver.

Solution: "A great remedy is skin cleaning such as dry brushing or Guasha. Used by ancient Asian, Greek and Egyptian civilisations, Guasha opens up the skin and rids the body of toxins and bad bacteria."

To make Guasha, mix aluminium-free bi-carb soda with triple distilled vodka.

Rinse off in the shower, then apply a tablespoon of the mixture onto a loofah or in your hands and scrub your entire body, including your face (be gentle at first), then rinse it off completely.

Wrinkles

Cause: Skin getting thinner, dryer and less elastic; dehydration and a lack of "good" oils; lifestyle factors such as smoking, diet and excessive UV exposure. Genetics and aging are also contributing factors.

Solution: Try Guasha, then moisturise with coconut oil, which has a natural SPF of 5-7, or organic rose hip oil, suggests Tolman.

"Keep hydrated and eat more whole, raw foods - especially avocado. Rich in antioxidants, avocado is beneficial in preventing aging symptoms and the glutathione in avocado can boost immune systems and encourage a healthy nervous system.

"I recommend using avocado straight on the skin. Let it set for at least 20 minutes, then wash."

Cold sores

Cause: Herpes simplex virus. Outbreaks can be caused by: a weak immune system; cold or infection; stress; poor diet choices; and extreme hot or cold to the area of infection.

Solution: Selenium is one of the most vital and potent antioxidants for protecting and healing the immune system - try including more brazil nuts and sunflower seeds in your diet.

"I recommend a daily CABALA (carrot, red apple, beets, yellow apple, lemon and green apple) juice. It contains a variety of natural colours, including three different apple types and is super for fighting viruses and infections."

Hair loss

Cause: Stress and anxiety; iron deficiency; hormone changes; poor diet and kidney imbalances can be contributors.

Solution: Stress plays a huge role in the health and condition of our hair, as it creates acid in our bodies, so I recommend taking time out for meditation, yoga, regular exercise and sleep.

Consuming a diet of clean foods, such as raisins, bean sprouts, walnuts, spinach, carrots, and bok choy can assist in hair-loss prevention and hair growth.

Helen Hawkes is a qualified counsellor and happiness coach. Go to The Feelgood Factor at http://www.thecalmzone.com.au.


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