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How does diet affect my skin?

It's not just a gut feeling!

It’s true – as Hippocrates once said, “All disease begins in the gut.”

More than 80% of our body’s immunity is housed in the gut along with hundreds of naturally occurring bacteria. Some help with digestion but some contribute to making us unwell.

An unhealthy gut can have a big impact on our health – and it can definitely show in our skin. It can cause inflammation and lead to spots, eczema and rosacea. Microbiome, found in your intestines, is the bacteria that has the most effect on our skin.

You are what you eat

Food isn’t just nutrition to keep you going – it also feeds your gut’s bacteria. Depression, stress and anxiety can also have an impact on your overall health.

So – if you eat well, you're looking after the good bacteria in your digestive system and your intestines, which improves your overall health and therefore improves your skin.

My tips to a healthy gut – a healthy diet

  • Eat a balanced diet – lots of plant-based foods, food that are rich in fibre, fruit, vegetables, pulses, nuts and wholegrains. Avoid highly processed foods

  • Take in probiotics (live bacteria), especially if you’re on a course of antibiotics – live yoghurt is excellent and encourages microbe growth, which helps to keep your gut healthy

  • Extra-virgin olive oil is super microbe-friendly

  • Artichokes, lettuce, chicory, leeks, shallots, onions and garlic are excellent for promoting good gut bacteria.

And would you believe – pickles are good! This is because the good bacteria found in fermented products improves digestion and boost immunity.

Plus, exercise frequently and try not to get too stressed. Learn calming techniques for when you feel anxious.

If you do get a break-out:

  • Exfoliate using Melting Magic – AHAs like Glycolic Acid gently melt away dead skin cells, reducing acne scarring and leaving fresher, clearer skin.

  • retinol MAX – it’s Vitamin A-based and stops skin cells from becoming sticky, reduces blocked pores and prevents blackheads from forming. Used sparingly, retinol reduces the redness and inflammation associated with acne. retinol MAX also contains marine collagen and hyaluronic acid to soothe and even out skin.

  • 5 Minute Wake-Me-Up – reduces excess oil and controls breakouts. It’s a fixer for spots, pigmentation and a brightener and oil control all wrapped into one.

  • City Defence – a lovely and light moisturiser, perfect if you suffer with acne breakouts. Vitamin C and niacinamide are both great at soothing, repairing and restructuring. Vitamin C is a natural anti-inflammatory and skin brightener – good for reducing redness and evening out skin tone.

  • Sol Shine Super Booster – a big zap of Vitamin C targets uneven skin tone and acne scars. It brightens, reduces dark patches and protects from sun damage. Use it under moisturiser or on its own to really target acne scarring.

  • Flawless Corrective Serum with azelaic acid – a miracle acne reducer – azelaic acid is an unbeatable acne saviour and was once only available on prescription. This fantastic anti-bacterial acne treatment is new to Millionaire Beauty for 2019 – use it as a mask at night, dab on individual spots to soothe and vanish, or apply as a skin toner in the morning.

All our skincare products are UK-made and completely natural. We’ve developed many of them to target specific skincare issues like acne, scarring and pigmentation.

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