An inside job! The Beauty Chef founder reveals her top tips to glowing skin by summer, including pampering yourself and a high fiber diet
- The Beauty Chef founder Carla Oates says ‘beauty begins in the belly’
- According to the expert, their is a link between the gut and skin inflammation
- For a flawless complexion, she recommends drinking plenty of water, eating a rainbow of foods and meditating
- She uses an oil-based skin cleanser and layers a protective anti-aging oil under her sunscreen daily
The Beauty Chef founder Carla Oates
When it comes to summer makeup, less is more.
All you need is a shimmery eyeshadow, an au naturale lip stain, sun-kissed cheeks and of course, radiant skin.
For a naturally flawless complexion, The Beauty Chef founder, Carla Oates, reveals her best tips and tricks.
‘If you want naturally clear, glowing skin, on the outside, you need to be healthy on the inside, starting with your gut,’ said the expert.
When it comes to summer makeup, less is more. Pictured: Model in Halter Tankini top by Venus, $59; venus.com
‘At The Beauty Chef we believe that beauty begins in the belly,’ Carla.
‘Around 70 per cent of the body’s immune system is located in your gut, and it’s where we make nutrients, regulate our hormones and our metabolic health, neutralize pathogens and toxins, make neurotransmitters – so our gut health can profoundly affect not just how we look, but also how we feel.’
According to Carla, there’s a link between the gut and skin inflammation.
And most skin issues, including acne, rosacea, autoimmune skin issues like psoriasis and eczema are all fueled by inflammation.
*When it comes to our skin – more and more research shows the link between your gut and skin inflammation, it’s called the gut/skin axis.
Carla shares her tips and tricks for glowing skin starting with drinking plenty of filtered water
Studies show that people with acne and rosacea are ten times more likely to have gut issues.
Carla’s tips and tricks for glowing skin include:
1. Drink plenty of filtered water. Each day drink water to support gut and liver health and flush out toxins.
2. Eat fiber and the rainbow. Embracing a diet rich in wholefood ingredients, leafy greens, nuts, seeds and legumes.
‘Fiber feeds the microbes in your gut and in turn the microbes ferment the fiber and create anti-inflammatory compounds called short chain fatty acids that support skin, gut, metabolic, immune and brain health.’
‘Eat fiber and the rainbow. Embracing a diet rich in wholefood ingredients, leafy greens, nuts, seeds and legumes.’
‘Fiber feeds the microbes in your gut and in turn the microbes ferment the fiber and create anti-inflammatory compounds called short chain fatty acids that support skin, gut, metabolic, immune and brain health’
‘Wholefoods are also naturally rich in antioxidants that help to protect the skin from inflammation which can dull your glow.
‘And polyphenols found in foods and ingredients like cocoa, green tea help to support a healthy, diverse microbiome, which studies show is essential for good gut health, glowing skin and wellbeing.’
3. Integrate The Beauty Chef’s bio-fermented inner beauty powder – GLOW Inner Beauty Essential
‘Fermentation is at the heart of everything we do at the beauty chef,’ shared Carla.
‘We use a completely unique fermentation process called flora culture that supercharges the nutrient value of our ingredients, making them more bioavailable and creates a broad spectrum probiotic that feeds your gut microbiome.’
According to the expert, all you need is one teaspoon a day to provide a boost to your gut, immune system and help your skin radiate from the inside out.
‘Plus it contains wholefood based nutrients and herbal extracts to support gut health, skin and wellbeing.’
Sleep a lot, exercise in moderation and meditate. These fundamental wellness rituals are key to a healthy and happy gut = glowing skin!
‘Use a Gua Sha or Jade Roller. These tools promote lymphatic drainage in your face and body.’ Pictured: Red Agate Gua Sha by La Gotta, $25; lagottaswimwear.com
4. Sleep a lot, exercise in moderation and meditate. These fundamental wellness rituals are key to a healthy and happy gut = glowing skin!
5. Pamper yourself with a fresh food mask. They are rich in living nutrients and enzymes. Fresh papaya mask mixed with some yoghurt slathered on my face makes a wonderful instant glowing mask.
6. Use a Gua Sha or Jade Roller. These tools promote lymphatic drainage in your face and body, which assists to brighten tired and dull looking skin. Carla stores hers in the freezer overnight, to use first thing in the morning.
Carla suggests pampering yourself with a fresh food mask. Pictured: Model wearing Vitamin Nectar Glow Face Mask by Fresh, $27; fresh.com
‘Fermented foods are rich in gut loving probiotics and postbiotics, and they foster microbial diversity, which is key for a healthy and happy gut’
Carla suggests including probiotic-rich fermented foods in your diet. Things like kimchi, sauerkraut, kefir, miso and tempeh
‘It’s about reducing your intake of processed foods, sugar and instead eating a variety of fiber-rich wholefoods to feed your microbiome: legumes, leafy greens, seeds and nuts.
‘Our microbiome feeds on fiber – when they ferment it in our large intestine, short-chain fatty acids are formed and these anti-inflammatory compounds are essential for our skin, gut, immune, brain and metabolic health.’
Carla suggests including probiotic-rich fermented foods in your diet.
Things like kimchi, sauerkraut, kefir, miso and tempeh.
‘Fermented foods are rich in gut loving probiotics and postbiotics, and they foster microbial diversity, which is key for a healthy and happy gut.
‘They also help break down hard to digest proteins in your food so they are easier to digest.’
‘If you want naturally clear, glowing skin, you need to be healthy, starting with your gut,’ said the Carla. Pictured: Model wearing SK-II Facial Treatment Essence sold at sephora.com
When it comes to her beauty routine, The Beauty Chef founder likes to keep it simple by sticking to the following steps:
1. Cleanse: I always cleanse in the mornings and often make my own oil-based cleanser using a mix of essential oils and organic coconut oil then remove using a muslin cloth.
2. Probiotic Skin Refiner: This is such an effective product as it gently exfoliates and hydrates at the same time while helping to balance the skin’s natural flora and stimulate collagen production (thanks to the natural lactic acid).
‘What makes this product so unique is that it’s actually a bio-active whole food extract made from the lacto-fermentation of The Beauty Chef powders; from grasses, greens, algaes, fruits, vegetables, spices, seeds and herbs.’
Classic Face Organic Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50, $32; coola.com
3. Nourish + Protect: I layer Marie Veronique Protective Day Oil under sunscreen for additional anti-ageing protection. I love that the formula includes a great range of essential fatty acids which are crucial to building and maintaining healthy skin and helps prevent inflammation.
4. SPF: I never leave the house without a hard hitting SPF! It can be hard to find an organic facial sunscreen that doesn’t give off an unflattering white cast but this COOLA one really works for me.
‘Applied under makeup, it feels feather-light and helps to nourish my skin with natural antioxidant-rich ingredients such as Red Raspberry Seed Oil & Prickly Pear Extract.’
But with all her recommended products, Carla believes that taking care of your gut is by far her most effective wellness hack.
‘If you look after it, it will certainly look after the rest!’