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Eat Your Way To Healthier Skin

Everyone wants to look their best now the good weather has finally arrived, with clearer skin and a healthy summer glow.

If you have problems with your skin, you might be heartened to know that you are certainly not alone.  We commissioned a survey of over 2,000 people in the UK from YouGov in spring 2014 which found  that 33% of those who answered had suffered from a skin problem in the last year: 39% of the women and 27% of the men who answered said that they had had acne, spots or skin disorders such  as Eczema, with some people suffering from both types of problem.

Not surprisingly it was 18 – 24 year olds who suffer most from skin breakouts, with 40% saying that they had suffered in the past. However, it is not just teens who want to get rid of spots and clear up skin disorders, as our survey found that 22% of 25 – 34 year olds also said that they have had problems with their skin in the last year.

Whilst getting rid of spots and achieving healthy, clearer skin starts with a thorough cleansing routine, what you put in your body can often have a far more dramatic effect on improving skin and helping to avoid annoying break-outs than anything you put onto your face.

Here are our top five tips for choosing foods and oral herbal remedies that will help you get better skin in time for summer, naturally.

1.  Eat more fruit and veg – with talk of upping the recommended daily intake for adults from five portions of fruit and veg a day to eight or more, it really is time to learn to love your legumes! Fruit and vegetables contain anti-oxidants which act as natural blood cleansers, helping your skin stay clean on the inside and fight those annoying bacteria that cause spots. If munching your way through a pile of fruit or vegetables leaves you cold, try making smoothies with fresh fruit or mixing nutrient-rich vegetables such as spinach or broccoli into your favourite Bolognese or soup. You will hardly notice you’re eating them, but your skin will thank you for it!

2.  Hydrate – drinking plenty of water or other clear fluids also helps to cleanse your system and clear up your skin. When you drink plenty, your skin cells become plumper, giving your skin a healthy, more youthful glow. If you find water a bore, try herbal or green tea or caffeine-free coffee – but do try and cut out any sugary or fizzy drinks as these won’t help your skin at all.

3.  Go for low-GI – a food’s ranking on the Glycemic Index shows you the impact it has on your blood sugar levels: the lower the GI, the more slowly it raises your body’s Insulin levels and the easier it is for your body to break down. High-GI foods, which are processed, starchy or sugary, give you a ‘sugar rush’ which can damage collagen and reduce skin’s resilience to damage.

4.  Go nuts for Brazils! If you are prone to breakouts or suffer from mild acne, eating foods which are rich in the element Selenium, will support your immune system, strengthening your defence against spots. Instead of reaching for that chocolate bar, grab a handful of Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, cashew nuts or walnuts, and try to include fresh tuna and wholemeal bread in your diet.

5.  Take an approved traditional herbal medicine. HRI Clear Complexion is a traditional herbal medicinal product used for the symptomatic relief of minor skin conditions such as spots, pimples, blemishes, mild acne and mild eczema, based on traditional use. It contains extract from Blue Flag and Burdock Root, which have all been used as traditional herbal remedies for hundreds of years.  Do make sure you only choose traditional herbal products approved by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), the UK regulator and which carries the Traditional Herbal Registration (THR) logo on the packaging.

Read our customer testimonials on HRI Clear Complexion.

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