Healthy radiant skin is so much more than baby-soft bright beautiful skin and the confidence that comes with it. Skin is a reflection of what's happening inside your body- Skin is an indicator of overall wellness.
Here are some tips to try and try to avoid.
Try these foods for healthier skin.
- Avocados - Rich in healthy fats and vitamins A, D, and E.
- Green Tea - Catechins in green tea protect against ultra violet ray damage and inflammation, and improve skin's natural elasticity while and keep skin moist.
- Broccoli - Everyone knows the important role vitamin C plays in collagen production. Collagen helps with wrinkles and some of the lines that develop over years of smiling. Broccoli is a great source of vitamin C and contains zinc, vitamin A, and lutein which is an antioxidant.
- Salmon - That beautiful pink fish is a great source of omega-3's known to fight inflammation, help skin stay hydrated, protect against UV damage, and are essential to the very structure of the skin.
- Water - Water is the backbone of good health and healthy skin. Good hydration can slow the aging process, or at least the signs of premature aging. Plump and supple skin are sure signs of good hydration while dehydration will yield flaky dry and stretched skin. Water helps you skin glow because it is essential to detoxification. It prevents irritation, inflammation and breakouts. Lack of water signals the glands to produce more oil as a part of a natural defense system leading to oily skin, acne, or a greasy appearance.
Stay away from these foods for healthier skin.
- Sugar - Increases inflammation, breaks down collagen, causes breakouts, and may exacerbate allergic reactions
- Alcohol - Dehydrates skin, deprives body/skin of vitamins, interferes with quality sleep, dulls natural vibrant color, causes sagging and fine lines, and alters blood flow to the skin causing flushed color and possible broken capillaries.
- Salt - Retention of fluid may cause swelling and puffy eyes. Salt can dehydrate skin. Depletes body of collagen.
- High Glycemic Index Foods (most breads white or wheat, boxed cereals, potatoes, white rice, many ripe fruits) - these foods are high in carbohydrates and have the same effect as sugar.
Try applying these natural ingredients to your skin care regimen - If you don't do skin care, gentlemen, there is no shame in taking care of your skin.
- Coconut Oil - It fights inflammation, hydrates, supports skin structure, provides anti-microbial properties, and protects against UV damage and used as a home remedy for eczema and psoriasis.
- Tea Tree Oil (aka Melaleuca Oil) - This can be found wherever essential oils are sold (including Walmart). It is one of the less attractive smelling oils with a bit of a turpentine smell, but it packs a punch. I use this as a natural medicine for anything that remotely appears like fungus or infection on the skin. Mix a few drops with a teaspoon of coconut oil and you have serious diaper rash oil that works overnight- speaking from experience. It is endowed with anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial properties. It is also used for acne, athlete's foot, contact dermatitis and head lice. NEVER SWALLOW TEA TREE OIL.
- Apple Cider Vinegar (aka ACV) - ACV was in use by Hippocrates back in 460'ish BC. You can apply ACV to suspected areas of fungal or bacterial activity. I apply a couple slaps on the face after a shave instead of alcohol or expensive store-bought products- expect a slight sting. ACV can also be consumed to promote gut health and boost liver function.
- Manuka and Raw Honey - If you don't already know Manuka honey is only produced in certain areas of New Zealand from the pollen of the Manuka bush. Manuka honey is proven to have anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. Raw Honey is honey from any variety of flowering plants that has been collected without processing such as pasteurization and the use of heat. Raw honey has 4 times the antioxidants as processed honey. Raw honey may have similar properties as manuka honey but it is less well studied, and believed to have less potent in said properties. A half teaspoon can be warmed and spread on the face as a mask, or used to treat bacterial infections, dandruff, diaper rash, and psoriasis.
Green thumb? Try these plants.
- Aloe Vera - Contains antioxidants, enzymes, Vitamins A and C. Aloe is a potent anti-inflammatory plant. The enzymes help exfoliate skin and hydrate the skin, but use too much and it will dry out the skin. It is also used to treat burns and acne. Aloe won't make you younger but it will help prevent the signs of aging.
- Echinacea - Reduces inflammation, treats acne, supports skin regeneration. Create a concentrated liquid by heating or boiling. The concentrate can be used for internal consumption or added to a lotion.
- Green Tea - Natural antioxidant power that rejuvenates skin. Also prevents bacterial growth and reduces inflammation. Can help control sebum and help with naturally oily skin.
- Lavender - Not only beautiful, easy to grow, and calming, but also a medicinal plant that has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties used to speed up healing for cuts, grazes, and burns.
- Thyme - Thyme is better at clearing acne than Benzoyl Peroxide.
- Marsh Mallow (The plant not the sugar puffs) - For better moisturizing take your choice of leaves, roots, flowers or all three and infuse into your favorite lotion for silky smooth texture and skin.
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Just a few skin facts
- Skin is the largest organ of your body
- Skin consists of 3 layers
- epidermis is the waterproof top layer
- dermis is the middle layer of tougher connective tissue, hair follicles, and glands
- hyperdermis is mostly fat and connective tissue supporting the skin's structure and attaches to muscles
- Skin renews itself every 28 to 30 days. New cells are created in the hyperdermis and rise to the epidermis before shedding from the body
- Skin is host to billions of microbes creating a microbiome of its own. These 1000 or so types of bacteria are mostly friendly that contribute to count healing, reducing inflammation, and helping abate infection.
- Skin controls fluid balance and damaged skin can lead to dryness, cracking, inflammation and fluids leaking form the body in the case of severe burns.
- Average person's skin covers an area of 2 square meters
- Skin accounts for 15% of your body weight