Could naturopathy be the way to glowing, healthy skin?
Dr Nigma Talib recalls a warm turmeric drink her grandmother would make for her sister and her as little girls when they got a cold or flu. “It was unbeknownst to her that the humble turmeric will become one of the most fashionable supplements in modern society.” Naturopathy is instinctively her draw.
Dr Talib’s first introduction to naturopathic medicine occurred in Vancouver. “I had ongoing digestive issues which conventional medicine tried to cover up with antibiotics and proton pump inhibitors. My father consulted a naturopathic doctor.” The methodology followed was that of disclosing and treating the root cause of her issues. Her progress was astounding. “By the time I had to choose careers, it was already chosen for me.” She opened her first clinic in Vancouver and hosted a breakfast show discussing the latest in complementary medicine. The response was so overwhelmingly positive, she opened her clinics in London, New York and LA.
Dr Talib’s approach to skincare, simply put, is inside-out. She credits her 18-year career to the relationship between beauty and gut health (her proverbial ‘root cause’). She has poured all her knowledge into her bestseller book (called Reverse The Signs Of Ageing in Canada and Younger Skin Starts In The Gut in the UK). “The gut is truly your body’s second brain. Digestive health affects everything, from mood to memory, skin tone, hormone regulation, toxin elimination, vitamin production and so on.” Perfect skin to Dr Talib is an even complexion and little to no pronounced pores. There is nothing more attractive than a healthy glow. “My skincare commandments are straightforward: clear (cleanser), correct (serum) and protect (moisturiser). And, always use SPF 30.” The one ingredient she can never do without is grapeseed extract, which you will find in her probiotic. “It increases bifidobacteria and decreases bad bacteria, helps prevent UVB skin damage and is an excellent antioxidant.”
Her skincare offerings range from a serum (infused with plant stem cells, hyaluronic acid and marine snail peptides) to improve elasticity of the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines, to a collagen powder supplement that helps the skin enhance its collagen levels. Keep a look out for her new range of skin savers in 2018, which is launching on Net-a-porter this month.
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As published on Vogue India March 09, 2018