Glastonbury is one of the largest festivals in the world, with people across the world scurrying to get tickets and make their way down to Worthy Farm. This year, over 200,000 people are expected to join the Foo Fighters, Radiohead and Ed Sheeran, so whilst you’re getting excited at the chance of seeing some of your favourite artists, don’t forget to think about your check-list and ensure you’re prepped for the big weekend!
Whilst the focus will be on packing your wellies, loads of dry shampoo and a phone charger, we want to help you lighten your load by giving your skin the preparation it needs so you can leave behind the large make-up kits and let your natural beauty shine! We’ve spoken to Dr David Jack, Cosmetic Doctor & Surgeon, on the best drinks and nibbles to get your skin prepped for Glastonbury.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!
The key to ensuring your skin is glowing and moisturised? Hydration! Dr Jack states, “Hydration is essential for skin health for multiple reasons, firstly to maintain a good blood supply for delivery of nutrients and removal of waste products from cellular processes but also to maintain the firmness and structure of skin, which relies on adequate hydration.”
If you find water to be a bit boring, try incorporating cactus water into the mix! It’s hydrating, is low in sugars and has a sweet, berry flavour. We love True Nopal Cactus Water!
Dr Jack says, “Berries are fantastic sources of numerous vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin C, which is one of the most important antioxidant molecules in the diet. Vitamin C works with Vitamin E in the skin to reverse sun related damage to the skin and help in the synthesis of collagen and other important structural molecules in the skin.” Not only that, but they fight off pesky hunger pangs with their high fibre content – so you can beautify your skin whilst filling your tummy!
Pumpkin seeds are one of nature’s true superfoods, containing multiple vitamins (including vitamin A, B, E and K) and other micronutrients such as zinc, magnesium and copper, and high levels of polyunsaturated fats such as omega-3 amongst others. Dr Jack says, “These vitamins and minerals are important in maintaining structural integrity in the skin and also have strong antioxidant effects, preserving and protecting the skin against damage and having anti-aging effect on the skin. Zinc is known to reduce inflammation and is antibacterial so is believed to help acne.”
Dr Jack says, “Non-dairy milks have become majorly popular in the past few years because of their multiple health benefits (rich in vitamins A-K) and omega-3 in almond and coconut milk.” Dairy milk is difficult to digest and contains inflammatory substances which can clog your pores, so embrace almond, coconut or oat milk.
Not only does sugar lack essential vitamins and minerals, but it does detrimental things to your skin! Dr Jack says, “High sugar levels can cause excessive glycosylation of structural molecules and blood vessels supplying the skin. Overt time this can reduce the skins micro circulation and result in acceleration of ageing of the skin.” Not only that, but highly processed sugars cause a surge of insulin, which contributes to increased levels of testosterone, and can contribute to breakouts and acne.
Avoid sugar leading up to Glastonbury to ensure your skin is spot-free!
Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, found in oily fish, are essential to our heart, brain and eye health, but they also aid in gorgeous, glowing skin! Dr Jack says “Fish oils and Omega-3’s can help the skin in many ways. Omega-3 is known to reduce harmful inflammation in the skin and also contribute to the normal structure and function of skin. This, and other oils, are important in maintaining the waterproof barrier of the skin and also for normal sebum production, which maintains moisture and hydration levels in the skin.”
Be sure to try Tom Oliver Nutrition’s Omega-3 supplements for your dose of Omega-3’s without the fishy aftertaste!