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Skin deep

Thursday, 28th March, 2019 8:59am

You want to look your very best on your wedding day, and this includes a naturally beautiful, glowing complexion.

The skin is the largest organ in the body and it can look dull, tired or suffer from breakouts or dryness. From lack of hydration, to a sluggish gut or an overburdened liver, it’s important to understand that what’s going on inside the body can manifest on the skin!

Aisling Kelly, a nutritional therapy graduate with College of Naturopathic Medicine explains how to achieve glowing skin on your big day:

“It is hugely important to keep the skin plump and hydrated. Water carries nutrients around the body and flushes out toxins. Caffeine-free herbal teas count as daily water intake but caffeinated drinks such as black tea and coffee don’t. Caffeine disrupts our fluid balance and increases urination, which causes dehydration.

Avoid processed foods, sugar and alcohol and feast on foods that support the liver, like cauliflower, kale, broccoli, turmeric, garlic and onions, good quality proteins and whole, vitamin B-rich grains, such quinoa, for at least three months before the big day.

Antioxidant-rich foods (strawberries, kiwi, red peppers, kale) and selenium from Brazil nuts, mushrooms and eggs help mop up damaging free radicals and support the liver in detoxifying and eliminating toxins from the body.

Start the day with warm water and lemon, porridge or overnight oats with blueberries, some chopped nuts and a drizzle of honey.

Enjoy a super salad packed with anti-oxidant rich spinach, tomatoes and cucumbers for lunch and for dinner, oven baked omega 3 rich salmon with steamed greens such as asparagus, peas, broccoli and homemade sweet potato fries.

Skin can get worse before it gets better, so it makes sense to make dietary changes well in advance of the big day. Work with a qualified nutritional therapist on a personalised plan. It will be well worth it by the time the big day comes around!”

Interested in changing your career, or gaining new skills?

CNM has a 20 year track record in training successful practitioners. Call 01-8788060 or visit

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