When it comes to skincare, your diet and gut health are equally important as your skincare routine. In a world where most of us (including me) deal with gut issues, food sensitivities, anxiety, PCOD and fertility issues, I deemed it important to speak to an expert. Meet Simrun Chopra, who runs Nourish with Sim, a lifestyle program to help you get healthier and therefore, get your skin glowing too. A quick browse through Simran’s Instagram profile, and you notice (apart from the fitness videos and food posts), her skin is glowing. Today we’ll talk about her skincare, and the importance of diet when it comes to your skin.
Q: Your Instagram handle is a mix of fitness and nutrition. Please introduce yourself.
Answer: Hi, I’m Simrun Chopra, I’m a lifestyle coach and I run Nourish with Sim. Nourish with Sim, is a fitness concept that lies in the simple philosophy of ‘mindful eating’. Contrary to what people think, mindful eating is not about special meals or use any fancy ingredients. It is about working with the food we are familiar with & eat every day. The focus has been on making a high-quality lifestyle program accessible to everyone, without having to make drastic changes to the way you eat or live. They help you implement subtle, impactful changes to your diet and fitness routine which will ultimately help you feel happier, healthier and stronger. Along with fitness consultant, Sameer Shetty and a team of internationally trained and certified nutritionists, fitness experts, and trainers, I’ve has designed programs that work with individual concerns.
Q: Are there particular ingredients that have always been a part of your skincare routine?
Answer: Coconut oil has been an integral part of my skincare routine. it has been handed down to me through generations to keep my skin moisturised. It is the one thing that saved me from getting stretch marks during my pregnancy.
Q: What’s your summer skincare routine?
Answer: I cleanse my face with Kama Ayurveda Rose Jasmine Face cleanser followed by a water-gel face moisturiser with hyaluronic acid to hydrate dry skin. One of my top picks is Aquasoft Fc with Vit.E Advanced Facial Cream, followed by a sunscreen. I’m currently using Neutrogena Ultra Sheet SPF 50 Sunscreen.
When I have more time, I use the Kama Ayurveda Organic Moringa Oil to give myself a face massage. You just need to rub a little of the oil into your skin, wait 20 mins and wash it off. It leaves the skin beautifully hydrated.
During the day I would always have a face mist in my bag, I really like Kama Ayurveda Rose Water. I mist my face before a meeting to freshen my look.
My nighttime routine will include cleansing followed by a rosewater spray and a night cream.
Simrun’s Skincare Favourites
Kama Ayurveda Rose Water
Kama Ayurveda Rose Jasmine Face cleanser
Kama Ayurveda Organic Moringa oil
Neutrogena Ultra Sheet SPF 50 Sunscreen
Aquasoft Fc with Vit.E Advanced Facial Cream
Q: Please tell us your quarantine skincare routine and hair routine.
My present skincare routine starts with a gentle face wash and the moringa oil routine. I truly believe a good workout works wonders on the skin.
My haircare routine has not changed much. I wash my hair twice a week on a schedule.
Q: A DIY mask that has done wonders for you?
Answer: It’s another mask handed down to me by my mom and grandmom, who, by the way, barely have any wrinkles. My grandmom had barely any wrinkles during her last years.
The secret – leftover egg white. Yes !!! Every time I break an egg, I apply the little egg white leftover in the shell. Just apply like cream over the face. It will tighten as it dries so let it dries and wash it off in about 10 minutes.
Q: How often do you opt for a facial? Is there a particular facial you like?
I’ve never gotten a facial. I do use a face brush at home, especially after a hair wash when the pores are open.
Q: We know that beautiful skin has a lot to do with mental health, food and lifestyle. Please give us a snippet of the same: what do you do to tackle anxiety, clear skin?)
Answer: Better skin and hair comes from within. The healthier we are, the better these get. It’s a combination of better eating, exercising with the use of natural, non-abrasive products and techniques.
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Skincare common questions . Which creams to use ? Which facewash ? . I've been there. If you see some of my transformation posts you'll see a difference in skin and hair too. It's not limited to this, I had small tiny bumps on the sides of my arms from a food intolerance. All gone now. . For a healthier outside first you need a healthier inside. . For example acne could be due to external factors and internal factors. So changing a cream won't solve the problem . Similarly dull skin or limp hair … You need to new skin and new hair to come back healthier. . Most people under estimate the power of a good workout plan and a powerful eating plan. . The basics you can do 1. Use gentler products 2. Find the root cause 3. Eat a whole food based BALANCED diet 4. Include lots of vegetables 5. Stay hydrated 6. Do some form of exercise daily . When you work towards a healthier body it's not just the weight or blood work parameters … You are working on everything. . I was thinking of writing more about my skincare in stories starting tomorrow. Products etc. I have very simple routines but the MAIN one is workouts and nutrition. . Should I do this ? Will it help ? . If you don't believe me see my old pics. Or swipe right to see a girl on my program. An extreme case – 2 months apart. What issues are you facing ? tell me in the comments and I'll try and help. . Also tonight 9pm I'm emailing a weight loss meal plan. To sign up for free weekly Meal plans and recipes go to the link in my bio. . #nourishwithsim 📸@vjwesley @conradbengaluru Wearing @myproteinin Use my code SIMRUN25 to get 25% off
Q: Which supplements help boost the health of your skin
Answer: It is a combination of better nutrition and physical fitness consistently over time. If I had to pick one supplement that truly helps it would be an Omega-3 fatty acids. This has a phenomenal effect on our brain as well as better skin and hair.
Q: Your Instagram has a lot of video workouts. Please tell us a workout for glowing skin.
Answer: Workouts as a whole improve blood circulation, hormonal balance and overall well being. This automatically is seen on the skin, hair and health in general. Our skin and hair regenerate on its own and for your body to be at it’s best, it has to a combination of activity (HIIT, cardio), relaxation (yoga and meditation) as well as tackling stress.
Q: More and more studies suggest cutting out dairy, sugar and gluten can help calm acne, PCOD and other lifestyle issues. What’s your take on the same?
Answer: There are a number of studies that do show a correlation and others that don’t. Also, these studies have been performed on mice, so the nutrition community works with doing what is best for a particular individual.
Everyone is unique, therefore we process the same food differently. If you are intolerant to peanuts then cutting our dairy, sugar or gluten won’t help you. It is best to work with a coach on an elimination diet that finds your aggravator and then slowly phases that out. It is important to understand that when we cut something out, we cut out a large number of nutrients and these need to be actively replaced by something else.
For example, the vegan diet was trending after a certain movie was released. While being vegan is a personal choice, a number of essential nutrients are removed from the diet and these need to be replaced by supplements. There is no one best-diet or one size fits all and it’s important we understand that.
Q: Could you give us an insight into top foods and supplements that are good for health and thereby your skin too.
The majority of Indians are deficient in Vitamin D and B12. It is important to have these checked. Without these, nothing will work, good hair and skin will be just a distant dream.
So make sure you get adequate protein through your diet as well as other nutrients mentioned above.
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