“If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” – Roald Dahl
Skin is so much more than just a pretty face. It is your body’s largest organ and it works very hard to help us with temperature regulation, toxin elimination and many other functions for living. Here are a few tips to help keep it healthy.
Start with a healthy diet. Eat organic whenever possible and always include fruits and vegetables with every meal. Foods such as nuts, berries, seeds, citrus foods, dark leafy greens, fish, red wine and green tea all contain antioxidants which will help reduce harmful inflammation. A high sugar diet can also age cells dramatically.
Avoid processed foods and artificial anything! Another major culprit for skin irritation is synthetic fragrances in laundry soaps and fabric softeners and personal care products. Use products that are unscented or scented only with essential oils whenever possible.
Be sure to drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water each day. For example, if you weigh 150 lbs. you should aim for 75 ounces of water daily. Herbal teas can also count towards your daily goals of hydration. Omega 3s boost your anti-inflammatory efforts whether taken in supplement form or just increasing your intake of foods high in them. They also help reduce the symptoms of eczema and severely dry skin. Stress is a huge contributor to aging of the skin and the whole body. Take a time out from electronics daily and be sure to get enjoyable exercise whenever you can. Massages and facials are great stress relieving tools also! For skin care products use organic ingredients as much as possible and don’t forget to exfoliate. It’s always a good idea to cleanse your face in the evening to remove the day’s sweat and pollution accumulation. Plain sugar can be used in the shower once or twice a week to exfoliate your whole body. The easiest way to use it is to lather up and then grab handfuls of sugar and apply to your skin in a circular motion. Then just rinse it away and be sure to moisturize when you are finished. Exfoliating not only helps remove dull, flaky skin it also helps your moisturizer penetrate better and work more effectively. There are so many different opinions regarding sun screen. Vitamin D we synthesize from sunlight is absolutely necessary for whole body health but please protect your skin during the peak hours of exposure between 10 am and 2 pm. Mineral powder sunscreens are a nice option as they reflect the sun’s rays off the skin and are available chemical free. There are also many newer zinc oxide options which are not as obviously white as the ones from the 80’s, A.K.A the white stripe down the nose. Be sure to protect those out of the way body parts such as the ears, part in the hair, and back of the neck.
For more recommendations on skin care for your specific skin type, please see your esthetician, dermatologist, or other skincare professional. Hopefully these tips will get you started on your path to healthy glowing skin!