Skin: Skin secrets with The Beauty Chef

As the founder of The Beauty Chef, Carla Oates knows a thing or two about skin health from within.

With a skin philosophy that is all about about internal health, Carla believes that organic skincare and food are the most sustainable choice for the health of both the individual and the environment. An avid beauty chef and formulator, she has spent the last fifteen years creating beauty products from foods in her kitchen and herbs from her garden. Here we asked Carla to share some tips on achieving a healthy glow the sustainable and pro active way.

My skin secrets are…
In the belly. What we put into our bodies can have a profound effect on the skin. To take it further, good gut health is imperative for healthy glowing skin. I believe that beauty begins in the belly. Our gut is where 70% of the immune system lies, where we metabolise hormones, where we make detoxifying enzymes and where we make nutrients – so much of what goes on in our digestive system can impact our skin. The skin, hair and nails are the last places to receive nutrients as they go to more important organs first, so nutrition is important for glowing skin, and fermented foods give you dense, super charged.

Everyone should…
Add fermented foods and probiotics into their diet. There is more and more scientific research showing the ways in which digestive health and probiotics play a huge role in skin health. For example rosacea is linked to a lack of hydrochloric acid in the gut. Lactic acid (produced by the lacto-fermentation as in The Beauty Chef products) is shown to increase levels of hydrochloric acid in the gut. Studies show a link between gut inflammation and skin inflammation as well as a connection between the skin’s fatty acid profile (how moisturised and hydrated your skin is) and gut health – so your gut governs how moisturised and hydrated your skin feels! Eczema, acne – there are interesting studies on all skin conditions and a disruption in normal gut flora.

Skin habits…
Include fermented topical products, such as Probiotic Skin Refiner which embraces fermentation for the same reasons we use it with our inner beauty range. I love the fact that lacto-fermentation is a completely natural biological process. It breaks ingredients down (the bacteria pre-digest the ingredients) making the nutrients more bio-available. We don’t need to make super-duper synthetic ingredients in a lab (that may send our skin into imbalance and often our health too) to achieve “active” ingredients. Here, we have this incredible process that turns natural ingredients into super natural and active ingredients – active, balanced and rejuvenating. And it is all done by nature!

Every day I…
Make a juice or a smoothie with skin loving foods. I use fresh or frozen organic ingredients and always supercharge them with one of my fermented powders or boosts.

Secret products…
Not so secret, but I make a lot of my own skincare from fresh ingredients out of my fridge. The recipes in Feeding Your Skin are a great reference for this.

My healthy gut secrets...
Probiotics and low HI (human intervention foods)

Everyone can start with…
Glow Inner Beauty Powder, a fermented, organic blend of skin loving superfoods plus naturally occurring probiotics and prebiotics.

I swear by…
Antioxidant rich, anti-inflammatory wonders like dark green leafy veggies, berries and pomegranate which are also packed with vitamin C to support collagen production, help protect the skin from UV stress and free radical damage, plus provide a good dose of fibre for cleansing the bowel and skin.

Daily essentials…
Water, its vital for every biological function in the body and especially important for glowing skin.

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