We’ve all heard the expression “you are what you eat” and your skin is no exception.
Simple Fact: Your skin is your largest organ. It is our protective covering and our first line of defense to fight illness and disease. It is also a passageway to our bloodstream. That being said, what you apply topically on your skin as well as what you eat will affect the overall health & appearance of your skin.
Let’s get started from the inside out.
A quote from one of my favorite skin docs:
“Certain foods have powerhouse ingredients that keep skin supple and smooth and help fight age-related damage”
says Nicholas Perricone, MD, a board-certified dermatologist and author of Ageless Face, Ageless Mind.
First off–we need to HYDRATE the skin. That means drinking plenty of water.
At least the recommended 6-8 glasses/day. If you are physically active, live in a warm-climate or feel thirsty you may need to up your daily intake. Also, as we age, skin tends to become dehydrated a lot quicker causing it to wrinkle, so ample hydration is key.
Eat your Super-Foods!
If it’s good for your health, it’s good for your skin too!
Omega 3 Fatty Acids-found in fatty fish, such as herring,sardines & salmon....Other sources of Omega 3‘s include flaxseeds & walnuts.Omega 3‘s is known to decrease inflammation, and may reduce the risk of acne and other skin problems .
Vitamin C helps produce collagen & prevents cells from damage caused by free radicals. Great sources are oranges,pineapples,tomato,strawberries & bell peppers.
Vitamin E helps limit sun damage & signs of aging. Almonds are a terrific source of Vitamin E.
Vitamin A-revitalizes skin by increasing cell production and rebuilds tissue Eggs and dark leafy greens are good choices.
Beta-Carotene needed for growth & repair of tissue. Think orange foods- carrots,sweet potato,pumpkin,cantaloupe.
Other fabulous foods to include to boost your skin health: dark leafy vegetables, avocados,mushrooms,berries & surprise--dark-chocolate:) Did you know that your skin is a “breathable” organ?
Up to 60% of what you apply topically on your skin will be absorbed into your bloodstream and children absorb even more than that!!!!
Imagine products you've been using for years actually contain harmful
ingredients and could damage your health...... If so, your first instinct would be
to find a healthier alternative - pronto!
Heightened awareness and potential dangers have caused consumers to take a
closer look at what they put on their skin and demand safer alternatives.
Many cosmetic companies do NOT list their ingredients aka toxic chemicals because they are not required to do so.
Several of these toxic chemicals are linked to a host of problems including : allergies, skin rashes,cancer,headaches,fertility & reproductive issues,birth defects,hormone inhibitors and more.
Some toxic chemicals that should be avoided:
Parabens-often found in deodorants & moisturizers... a hormone inhibitor & believed to accelerate tumor growth
Artificial fragrance & color-may trigger allergies,asthma .. some colors contain lead & harmful dyes
Toulene-found in nail polish, hair-color products-some fragrances. linked to kidney & liver damage, may affect fetal growth
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate /Sodium Laureth Sulfate-a foaming agent found in shampoos,body/facial washes. Dries out the skin & linked to eczema,hair-loss,rashes,dry,scaly skin.
Formaldehyde-used as a preservative. Formaldehyde is known by several different names & should be avoided at all costs. Side effects are numerous.
PEG’s - this is anti-freeze-use it for your car-not your skin! Is used in numerous skin & personal care products.
Paraffin/Mineral Oil/Petrolatum- clogs pores = toxic build-up Phthalates-found in plastics. It is a known hormone-disruptor. Triclosan-used in anti-bacterial products. It is a pesticide & harmful to the environment. suspected carcinogenic
Sunscreens-just google some of those ingredients! Possible damage to DNA and many are known carcinogens
Of course, there are more–but–you get the point–if it is a toxin, it doesn’t belong on your SKIN
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