As the seasons change and we start to put even more pressure on our bodies, it’s more important than ever to stay healthy on the inside and out. Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Nourishing Body Moisturising range with Nordic Berry works with the body’s natural processes to transform dry skin into soft, nourished and beautiful skin. Having been shown to enhance the skin’s hydration by 50%* and produce significant improvements after as little as 2 weeks**, the body moisturising products can lead to a more beautiful and healthy-looking skin. This weekend I hosted a Twitter Party with Neutrogena and welcomed skincare and nutrition expert Ian Marber to answer burning questions on keeping us looking and feeling healthy, inside and out. The questions flooded in, illustrating how concerned and aware we’re becoming about our health, and Ian was able to provide some fab answers. If you missed the party, or simply want to know all of the top tips in one place, here’s a summary of all the great skincare and nutritional advice that was shared.
Q: What’s the most important thing I should be doing to avoid my spots getting worse?
A: Take a probiotic capsule (good bacteria) and opt for zinc rich foods, including pumpkin seeds. It should help.
Q: What foods should be avoided to keep skin healthy. Is chocolate really bad?
A: Sugar needs to be limited, especially refined sugar. Honey and agave aren’t much better, so make sure you consume in limited quantities.
Q: Can you recommend any products that will help/avoid irritation of rosacea?
A: Rosacea is a skin condition often irritated by unwanted bacteria in the gut. Take a probiotic capsule, eat miso and try saurkraut too.
Q: What’s the best way to cure dry, flaky skin?
A: Essential fats found in fish, nuts and seeds are great – plus avocado. Brightly coloured vegetables rich in Vitamin A are helpful too.
Q: When making fruit smoothies, are frozen fruits as good as fresh?
A: Frozen fruits are great. Keep berries and sliced banana in the freezer as they whizz up really easily and make great smoothies.
Q: What supplements would be advisable for skin, hair and nails when you’re over 45?
A: A great question. B Vitamins are important, as are Omega 3 fish oils. Silica too, found in unpeeled cucumber will also help maintain health.
Q: Which foods are good for essential fats?
A: Oily fish is best. Also walnuts and ‘grass fed’ beef, which contain Omega 3.
Q: Are there any foods to avoid to help with acne, or any to start munching on?
A: Zinc is important, which is found in seeds and poultry, as is probiotic ‘good bacteria’ found in yogurt and miso soup.
Q: What should I be eating to help me feel and look less tired?
A: You could eat little and often to keep glucose levels even. It should mean consistent energy throughout the day and reduce the ‘slumps’.
Q: Is there any food to encourage skin repair? I’m awful at picking my skin!
A: Stop picking, you dont want to scar! Vitamin A and biotin are both important, found in brightly coloured fruits, so introduce these into your diet.
Q: What food stuffs should I use for my combination skin in the run up to my wedding?
A: Make sure you eat plenty of fibre to help clear your body. Also, keep hydrated by drinking water and eating well – hydration is best found in fresh vegetables
Q: What natural uses do you recommend using honey for as I am a keen bee-keeper?
A: Honey contains fructose and glucose, so use it sparingly as a sweetener. For a little pamper, mix with avocado and use as a face pack.
Q: Are takeaways really awful for your skin? If so, what’s the worst?
A: Takeaways often contain more fat and sugar that what we make ourselves at home. Plain grilled stuff is best, and be sure not to have too many sauces.
Q: What fruits would you suggest using for homemade face masks?
A: Berries are great as they crush easily. Use avocado as a base then maybe add some crushed berries.
Q: Are there any nutritional ways to reduce hay fever symptoms?
A: Bee propolis sold in health stores can help, but it’s mild. Also quercetin can reduce symptoms.
Q: How much water should I be drinking a day for a clear complexion?
A: Food is actually better for hydration than just water, as its absorbed more slowly. Fresh produce is always a winner, but one litre of fluid a day minimum (more if its very hot) should be consumed.
Q: What’s the best way to nourish your skin after a weekend of partying?
A: Try green juice – juice up some kale, apple and spinach and then eat a handful of seeds.
Q: What are the best slow release energy foods for hypoglycaemics?
A: Complex carbs and protein together provide you slow release energy. It’s more about the combination than one food.
Q: Are multi-vitamins any good to keep skin in tip-top condition?
A: Multi-vitamins can’t hurt, but taking Omega 3 and a little zinc will provide more targeted support. Dont overdo the zinc though – limit to 15mg per day.
Q: I’ve heard a lot about Chia seeds and have recently bought them. Are they good for your skin?
A: Chia is a great source of Omega 3, fibre and minerals; it’s good for the skin but expensive. Sesame seeds are cheaper and still a great supplement.
Q: Most of us like a drink now and then, but which is worst for the skin: beer, wine or spirits?
A: I reckon beer is the least favourable as its yeasty – but watch the fruity cocktails too, which are full of sugar!
Q: Are detox teas really that good for you?
A: They aren’t bad, but ‘detox’ is a daft expression as the body detoxes all the time. You don’t need a tea to do that job for you!
I’ve got so many great snippets of advice from Ian and will be rushing out to stock up on fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as hitting the supplement aisles. It’s amazing to think that eating right can have such an incredible impact on our health and well being, as well as moisturising regularly to ensure our skin is full of hydration. Neutrogena Nourishing Body Moisturising range with Nordic Berry is a great addition to any routine and will have your skin glowing in no time.
This is a sponsored post on behalf of Neutrogena* Study on 18 subjects – average water content of the skin, in vivo measurements 7 hours after application.** Clinical study performed on 40 subjects aged above 18 years old during 4 weeks, 1 application per day for the balm or the lotion, 2 applications per day for the hand cream (Germany, December 2011); not applicable to lipcare.