If you’ve been following my smart steps to business success series you’ll already know how important what you put in your body is when it comes to boosting your energy levels, productivity and profit. But, have you ever thought about what you’re putting on the outside and how that can impact you too?

Your skin is your biggest organ and along with your liver, lungs and kidneys has a key role in detoxification. It’s also an organ of absorption meaning what you put on the outside ends up on the inside. The average woman applies several hundred chemicals to her face and body each day through washing, creams and make up. That’s several hundred toxins seeping into your body every day, disrupting your hormones, draining your energy and crushing your confidence.

Toxic build up affects your weight loss efforts because any toxins that the body can’t remove are stored in your fat cells, sometimes for several years, safely away from your key organs. It’s then extremely difficult to access that fat and burn it as energy because your body will do it’s best to retain those fat cells and avoid processing the stored toxins.

How to love your skin

  • Read the ingredients list on your skincare products. Parabens, for example, are chemical preservatives added to products to give them a longer shelf life. Research indicates that parabens could be linked to thryroid problems, allergies and obesity. Look for natural or organic skin care ranges that don’t include scary ingredients like parabens, phthalates or mineral oils. The latter is actually derived from petroleum!
  • What you eat and drink really does affect your skin so follow the eat smart principles. Antioxidants fight free radical damage and you can keep yours topped up by eating lots of colourful vegetables. Eat plenty of protein to aid repair and the production of new skin cells. Avoid dry and wrinkly skin by staying hydrated.

Your skin is your biggest organ so take care of how you nourish it both internally and externally.