Beauty Foods to Help Improve Your Combination and Oily Skin

Complexion woes are never just skin deep. Topicals alone won’t fix the problem. What you eat plays a major role in establishing harmony from the inside, out. Here are a few naturopathic tips that will not only get your skin back on track, they will have you feeling energised and radiant!

  • Eliminate refined sugar: Refined sugar (white sugar, corn syrup, cookies and muffins to name a few) causes insulin levels to spike. This raises testosterone, which then converts to DHT, increasing sebum production. Keep blood sugar levels stable by sticking to a low-glycaemic diet. Alcohol, dairy and fried foods have a similar (negative) effect—so best to avoid.
  • Stock up on fibre: A happy gut begets a clear complexion. Fibre is crucial for healthy digestive function, thus it’s critical for combating acne. Get your fix by making low GI fruits such as apples and pears, wholegrains such as buckwheat and oats along with flaxseed part of your daily diet. I recommend taking at least 3 tablespoons daily, it is rich in lignans which bind and remove excess hormones.

  • Balance hormones: Regulating hormones is an important factor in controlling sebum. Good news: It is as simple as stocking up on fibre, eating a diet rich in Omega-3 fatty acids (think chia seeds, walnuts, avocado, hemp seeds) and reducing sugar and dairy intake which can exacerbate inflammation.

  • Care for your liver: The liver is a detoxifying powerhouse that supports skin health. To make sure this vital organ is running at peak performance, consider our No. 1 Green Goddess Detox Tea or Beauty Detox Shot. These herbal concoctions enhance liver function and up the ante on your body’s detoxification processes.

One of my favourite recipes for improving combination skin from the inside out is this delectable Chickpea Kale Salad.

Anna Mitsios

Adv. Dip. Naturopathy. Adv. Dip. Nutrition. B.Com (Honours)

Anna’s career began in the corporate sector, where she specialised in corporate finance and private banking for over ten years working in Sydney and New York for a large Australian bank. Anna’s career change was sparked by her own health journey, following a diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes at 18 years of age. Her diagnosis triggered her intense study of botanicals and nutrition to manage auto-immune condition and assist others in attaining optimal health. Anna has been involved in the pursuit of herbal medicine and nutrition for over 15 years, with a focus on fertility, women’s and chidlren’s health. Anna’s naturopathy career has included working as a naturopath within a reputable natural fertility clinic in Sydney, within a pharmacy and health food store and running her own naturopathy practice. Anna is committed to creating products founded on naturopathic philosophies, using wildcrafted and exotic ingredients and encouraging her clients and people who use her skincare to nourish their skin, from the inside-out.

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