Health is Beauty

We have all seen people that just exude beauty – and we can’t put our finger on exactly why. They have a level of vitality, energy, a sparkle in their eye. While not necessarily following all traditional notions of beauty – with its conventionally attractive, symmetrical features, full lips and a perfect nose – there is just something about them that transcends all of that. Their beauty comes from within.

Let’s delve into this! The beauty from within: what is its source and why does it radiate out?

There is an increasing awareness of the fact that what we eat has an impact on our body. This includes our skin, hair, nails, teeth – many of the features that we usually look at in order to assess the attractiveness. The healthier they are, the better they look, and, as a result, the more radiant we appear. To look our best, we need to provide them with essential nutrients, so that they function and perform at optimum level. In other words: the more beautiful you would like to look on the outside, the better you need to feed your cells and tissues – so that they are able to work for that beauty.


Our skin, being the largest organ of the body, needs all of the essential nutrients to function, each and every day. To name a few: high-quality protein is needed to supply essential amino acids, which are required to make collagen and elastin. Vitamin C is essential in producing collagen, and vitamin E helps with skin hydration. The B vitamins, vitamin D, and zinc are also vital for maintaining proper skin structure and functioning. Additionally, antioxidants assist our skin in combatting many of the environmental factors that can be detrimental, like sun exposure*, air pollution, and even toxins and chemicals.

*It is always advisable to wear topical sun protection.


Our hair also needs essential nutrients to grow strong and resilient. As the vast majority of our hair is made of protein, we need a good intake of high-quality protein each day. Likewise, our scalp needs fatty acids, which have been shown to enrich the hair shaft, and also to help keep a balance of good natural oils.


Our nails need protein, calcium, B vitamins, and zinc, in addition to all of the essential nutrients, to obtain and maintain strength. Longer or shorter, tidy nails are a sign that you have your life together!


We all know that we need calcium for our teeth and bones; however, for calcium to be absorbed and utilized, some other nutrients are required: phosphorus, vitamin D, iodine, and potassium. To help our gums remain healthy, we need B vitamins, vitamin E, vitamin C. To assist with saliva production, we need vitamin A and zinc, to name a few.

There are many factors associated with beauty. Some we have discussed above, and some are less obvious, like energy levels, vitality, and a zest for life. However, what we do know is that every cell in the body needs essential nutrients each and every day. If they receive them, they can perform their designated jobs. If the cells work well, they impact the tissue they are a part of, the organ in which the tissue is located, the system to which the organ belongs, and – ultimately – the entire body. A healthy body is a beautiful body!

Heather Livingston, M.Sc. Director Global Wellness Training

Lifestyle to beauty

You already know that you could do more than just apply topical solutions to enhance your skin’s beauty. Proper diet and supplements mean everything to your body. Outer radiance reflects our internal health, so the foods we eat either enhance or take away from our looks. However, little are we aware that the answer to how to project your inner beauty to the outside lies not only in a diet, but in a whole lifestyle. So, what are the dos and don’ts of our nutritional beauty regime? Below, you can find a few ideas on how to stay on course during this journey!


What is one of the most effective anti-ageing treatments in the world – and coincidentally, the cheapest one of all?

The answer is: sleep. Plenty of sleep will result in beautiful skin, correct appetite regulation, blood sugar and weight control, sharp mental performance, a positive mood and an improved quality of life. Sleep has the best repairing effect during the night and you know that you have had enough sleep if you wake up before your alarm clock and feel rested.

Exercise and sweat!

Exercise will improve blood circulation and eliminate some of the toxins through sweating. An improved circulation also entails more nutrients and oxygen going into every single cell of the skin. It will give you a wonderful pink glow, so regard regular exercise as an internal skin treatment.


Ugly habits and foods that affect health and skin

It is important to think of your body as a whole. What you breathe in will not only affect your lungs, but also travel through your blood and circulatory system and affect your vascular system, bladder, and skin! What you drink can affect your skin, for example alcohol, tea and coffee might dehydrate it. Sugar is absorbed into your blood and delivered to every single cell in your body. Excesses will harm your whole body, not just your liver and pancreas. So, every time you take a sip, a bite or a sniff, remember that you are ingesting things into your body that will become part of your cells – and affect you.


Sugar has addictive properties and can lead to weight gain, but it can also worsen skin conditions, such as pimples or acne. Hormones like insulin and insulin-like growth factor (IGF) are secreted every time you eat or drink something sweet – and IGF is known to exacerbate these skin conditions. Sugar (glucose) can make proteins stick together, a phenomenon known as ‘glycation’, which is routinely measured in diabetics. As for the skin, glycation of elastin and collagen is of major importance when it comes to dehydration, wrinkling, loss of elasticity, stiffness, compromised barrier function and accelerated ageing. This is why low-glycaemic foods are of utmost importance for your beauty as well as your health!

Raw nutrients

Cooking destroys and damages many precious nutrients. For a glowing, vibrant complexion you can’t beat raw fruit, vegetables and their juices. These are rich in enzymes, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other phytonutrients that are vital for both skin and general health. The high water content of raw vegetables and fruits also boosts your water intake.

Fatty acids and antioxidants for your complexion

Essential fatty acids make up our cell membranes and affect skin as well as other organ systems. The healthiest fatty acids are found in raw nuts, seeds, green leafy vegetables and fish. Omega 3 supplements will help you obtain the required daily amount if you have a less than perfect diet at times. Taking a fat-soluble antioxidant like astaxanthin will protect the sensitive omega 3 fatty acids inside your body. Astaxanthin will also improve skin condition by preventing UV damage from the outside and free radical damage from the inside. This is how including the Wellness Pack in your daily regime can enhance your health and beauty from within.


A raisin is a dried grape, and our skin cells can look pretty similar if we don’t hydrate properly. Remember to drink a small glass of water for every tea, coffee, soda or alcoholic beverage you drink and to start and finish your day off with a glass as well.

Key nutrients for beauty and their sources 

  • Vitamin C: vital in collagen formation and skin elasticity. Good sources are kiwi, berries, citrus and parsley. The Wellness Pack contains 100 % of the RDA.
  • Zinc: also necessary for collagen formation and may prevent hair greying. Found in pumpkin seeds and ginger root. The Wellness Pack contains 100 % of the RDA.
  • Sulphur: helps build all connective tissue. Cabbage, broccoli, garlic and onions are rich sources.
  • Silica: helps maintain skin elasticity, healthy nails and glossy hair. Found in cucumbers, tomatoes, bell peppers and oats.
  • Magnesium: controls pumps in our cell membranes, heart and muscles. Green leafy vegetables are a great source. The Wellness Pack contains 25 % of the RDA.
  • Beta carotene (and other carotenoids): protects against oxidative damage and sunburn. Carrots and green leafy vegetables are good sources. Astaxanthin (Swedish Beauty Complex) is an excellent source and supplement especially for the skin.
  • Vitamin E: a fat-soluble antioxidant, it helps protect cell membranes. Found in olives, avocados, nuts, seeds and green vegetables. The Wellness Pack contains 100 % of the RDA.
  • Essential fatty acids: important component of all cell membranes and key in maintaining elasticity of our skin and balancing its natural oils. Found in nuts, seeds, leafy green vegetables, legumes, grains and fish as well as in supplements like omega 3. The Wellness Pack contains 100 % of the RDA.

  • How to make your pores ooze with beauty? A healthy diet and lifestyle – along with good supplementation – can go a long way! Wellness by Oriflame offers you a convenient way to take products that assist in providing essential nutrients. Don’t hesitate any longer – make friends with Wellness routine and enjoy the healthier you!


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