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Caring for your skin (it’s more than skin deep) + a Jacqueline Evans Skin Care GIVEAWAY!

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Recently I had the pleasure of sharing Buffy Gills’s Scary Facts About the Beauty Industry, highlighting our need to be more conscious of what we lather onto our skin each day. This week I have the absolute pleasure of introducing the founder of my skin care of choice, Jacqueline Evans from Jacqueline Evans Skin Care. Jacqueline takes skin care a couple of steps further and explains that we are what we eat, digest, assimilate, excrete, drink and do!

Skin Care – More than Skin Deep, by Jacqueline Evans

Healthy skin is an integral part of good health. Skin conditions and the health of our skin are much more than skin deep! Our skin is a reflection of the overall health of our body. The skin is one of the main channels of elimination. If any of our other channels are overburdened, such as the digestive system, kidneys, lymphatic system or lungs, the skin must work harder to compensate, and in turn may show signs of this over working, such as redness, acne or other blemishes.

Skin is the largest organ of the body and is involved in eliminating toxins, regulating body temperature and protecting the inside of the body from potential invading micro-organisms. Millions of skin cells are shed each day and our skin completely replaces itself approximately every 27 days. The skin is a semi-permeable membrane, meaning what we put onto our skin is absorbed directly into our bodies. The skin will absorb up to 60% of what is applied to it, sending it full strength into the blood stream where it becomes material for building new body tissues. Or, it becomes potent toxic waste. Tissues will absorb the good stuff as well though, meaning our outer protective layer needs to be nurtured and respected with nature derived ingredients to help nourish and heal.

Most Australians will use between 5-15 products a day, consider that each of those products has a list of 5-20+ ingredients. A recent study has revealed that the average woman applies up to 500 chemicals to her body every day via her skin care routine. That’s a whole lot of potential toxins being consumed everyday!
Think of your beauty products not as cosmetics but as food for the skin and body.

It has been said that you are what you eat. However, I believe it goes much deeper than that, I believe you are what you eat, digest, assimilate, excrete, and what you drink, think and do!

Digestion.
When considering internal factors that affect skin health, the direct connection between the gut and the skin in most cases is often overlooked, yet more often than not it plays a critical role in causing some of the manifestations that we observe on the skin. Treating the skin externally can bring a certain level of relief, but if the contributing factors are internal, the condition will continue to manifest. This is because the real source of health and skin condition lies in the inner layers of the skin where cells develop and are nourished by the bloodstream. It’s the vitamins, minerals and nutrient rich foods we consume every day that support skin health. On the other hand, pollution that creates toxicity in the body must be eliminated in order for our skin to gain its healthy glow and keep it free from developing premature wrinkles and skin disorders such as acne, eczema, psoriasis and seborrhea.

In our quest for healthy skin, what our body eliminates is just as important as what we ingest every day. Detoxification removes harmful poisons from the body, after it has been bombarded by exposure to food additives, preservatives, artificial flavours, pesticides, herbicides, plastics and toxins in personal care products, heavy metals and other foreign substances. In order for our organs and systems to function at their best, our body needs to flush out these toxins continuously to prevent any build up that may lead to unhealthy skin.

Options for improving the skin/gut relationship for radiant / glowing skin:

1. Heal a leaky gut with substances such as glutamine, apple pectin, slippery elm and inulin.
2. Add probiotics (friendly bacteria) and prebiotics such as resistant starch. Many people who suffer from skin problems have an imbalance in their ratio of friendly-to-unfriendly gut bacteria, which results in the production and absorption of large amounts of bacterial endotoxins that make skin conditions worse. Skin needs vitamins A, the B vitamins, C and D as well as the minerals copper and zinc to be healthy and look great. The ability to absorb these nutrients slows down with age. The nutrient absorption process depends on the amount of beneficial intestinal flora – or good bacteria – the gut has. Restoring the proper intestinal flora through supplemental probiotics (or fermented foods such as sauerkraut or kombucha) can revitalize intestinal health and, in turn, skin beauty.
Probiotics support the immune system, which the intestines are the center of. They restore millions of beneficial bacteria to the intestines that a poor diet and lifestyle habits has weakened. They help fight Candida overgrowth from too much sugar or alcohol, antibiotics, or stress.
3. Increase intake of omega 3 fats. One of the first strategies you can use to improve your skin health is to make sure you are getting enough high quality omega-3 fish oils in your daily diet or from a high quality supplement. How do you know if you are deficient in omega 3 oils? Check the skin on your hands – if they are rough, dry and wrinkled, it’s usually a strong indication that you are lacking in this essential dietary nutrient. Include deep-sea fish and increase vegetarian sources such as flaxseeds, nuts (esp. walnuts), hazlenuts and brazil nuts. Also green vegetables, especially spinach.

Caring for your skin is not just an inside job — it’s an outside job too.

Your skin is much more than an outer surface for the world to see — it’s the largest organ of your body! It has a number of amazing responsibilities that you probably don’t think about on a daily basis:

  • Protects your internal organs from injury and infection.
  • Helps detoxify wastes through perspiration.
  • Provides an important line of immune defense against infections — your healthy skin creates a barrier to viruses and bacteria.
  • Protects you against extreme changes in temperature, through its thermoregulatory effect of controlling heat flow between you and your environment.
  • Produces and stores vitamin D, which is important to your immune system and bone density.
  • Rich in receptors, it allows you to sense conditions around you like hard/soft and hot/cold and sends information to your brain so you can react to it for self-preservation.
  • Protects your body from sunburn

The loss of any of these functions will compromise your health and can accelerate signs of normal ageing.

The condition of your skin is a powerful reflection of just how healthy you are on the inside. Because your skin has the ability to absorb whatever you put on it, careful choices are critical. You want to give your skin the same thoughtful care you give your internal organs.

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GIVEAWAY!
This week, Jacqueline has very generously offered to give away a (tailored) cleanser, toner and moisturiser pack (to the value of $122) to one lucky subscriber of THI! To be in the running, you must be a THI subscriber, live in Australia and leave a comment below. The winner will be selected post 4pm on Monday 19th August, via a random number generator.

A little bit about Jacqueline.
Beginning her career as a naturopath, it was in the UK that Jacqueline Evans realised her desire to create a holistic skincare range. She had started creating custom skincare products for her clients, when this success prompted her to launch her products into the wider market, and back home in Australia. It is impossible for her to lecture about improving health without discussing the benefits of natural cosmetics. With this range Jacqueline is committed to creating skincare products founded on naturopathic philosophies, using the best natural and certified organic ingredients she can source, and educating her community about how to nourish their skin, form the inside-out. Her products are available via her website (above) and from select stores.

121 Comments Post a comment
  1. Tanja #

    I’m desperately looking for a new range of skincare products that can help my skin problems, without all the nasty additives. I would absolutely love to get a chance to try Jacqueline’s beautiful products!!!!

    August 17, 2013
  2. Carolyn #

    I have been enjoying & I connect closely to your posts. The opportunity to sample some of Jacqueline’s amazing, healthful sounding products would be truly blissful, & would totally enhance my quest for cleaner living & well being. Thanks for sharing your journey Amy.

    August 17, 2013
  3. Virginia #

    I love your blog Amy! Thank you for putting so much into your posts! I’ve just told my sister about you and she has made an appointment to see you! I’d love to win some skin care products by Jacqueline Evans and be able to stop using my current range (which I know I shouldn’t be using with all those additives!)

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    August 17, 2013
  4. Kia Pindar #

    This looks fantastic. Thank you. X

    August 17, 2013
  5. Mariam #

    Thanks for the valuable info, my skin is breaking out pretty bad right now! Would love to try out thr Jacqueline Evans range!

    August 18, 2013
  6. Elspbeth #

    Fingers crossed! thank you 🙂

    August 18, 2013
  7. hannah #

    Awesome information!

    August 18, 2013
  8. Ruby Bouhadana #

    Fantastic post!! Thank you so much Amy, I have learnt so much. So excited to put in the effort to care for and look after my skin better 🙂 I would just love to use Jaqueline’s products, they sound so lovely!
    X Ruby

    August 18, 2013
  9. Clare #

    Love getting to know more about how we can care from our skin from more the just face value (pun intended) 😉 Thanks for the great post!!

    August 19, 2013
  10. Mel #

    These products sound amazing.As a psoriasis suffer I would love to try some beautiful natural products. Fingers are crossed. Thank you

    August 19, 2013
  11. I used to use Payot but now know I need something directly from nature rather than a science lab! I’ve been looking around ever since for natural ‘skin food’ and have tried a few natural brands but haven’t yet found the right one – would love the chance to try Jacqueline’s range.
    Thanks Amy for your blog – it’s great!

    August 19, 2013
  12. Charlotte #

    Amy, thank you for your website and blog!
    Jacqueline, I would love the chance to try out your natural skincare products.
    Thanks for the chance!

    August 19, 2013
  13. Ruby #

    Fantastic post, Amy! Thank you so much 🙂 I am showing a lot more love to my skin! X

    August 19, 2013
  14. Courtney #

    Thanks for the information above, we go along in our daily routines sometimes, it’s great to re-address all our aspects of health!!!

    August 19, 2013
  15. Susan Murray #

    Good read and sound advice. Many hope to find a one stop fix when it generally involves an all round approach. Would be good to have a try of the skin care. Where can I get samples?

    August 20, 2013
  16. kate #

    What a wonderful article. I’ve recently added probiotics to my diet via some homemade kefir and have started juicing too. I am already noticing an improvement to my skin and have so much more enjoy and enthusiasm

    August 22, 2013

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