Our skin’s natural state should be one of health and radiance, yet many people accept irritation, age spots, and dry, red, or dull skin as normal consequences of the aging process. While some changes are certainly to be expected as we age (yes, we will all eventually get wrinkles), many of the changes we have come to accept as normal are actually the consequence of damage that can be prevented, or at the very least, slowed down.
Each day our skin faces many assaults—ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun, poor dietary choices, pollution, chemical exposure, stress, harsh weather, and cigarette smoke, not enough sleep, lack of exercise, dehydration, and not using the right skin care products all effect how we are skin and body ages.
The skin has a defense system in place for dealing with all of these issues, but it can become overwhelmed. Be a friend to your skin and bolster its natural defense system, and get healthy skin with Organic food, supplements, and skincare products.
Here is your Guide to get Healthy, Glowing Skin!
Healthy fats are critical for healthy skin. The omega-3 fatty acids found in cold water fatty fish help balance inflammation in the skin, while a deficiency can lead to skin that is dry and flaky. and cause break outs. Other good fats include the medium chain triglycerides in coconut oil, which protects the skin’s natural barrier and reduces moisture loss, and olive oil, which helps fight inflammation and protects against UV damage. Include a healthy fat in every meal.
Omega-3 fats EPA and DHA
If you’re not a big fan of fish, or don’t eat fish regularly, taking an omega-3 supplement or oil is the best way to ensure that you are getting optimal amounts of this essential fat to support healthy skin.
Hint: Carlsons Fish Oil sold at Natural Grocers is very high in Omega 3 ( EPA & DHA ). It doesn't contain a lot of ingredients or additives or any preservatives. They add Lemon for flavor and it works great. You will never know its fish oil!
Hint: Eminence's Facial Recovery Oil has omega 3s as well as other ingredients that reduce wrinkle depth, hydrate dry skin and helps with hormonal break outs.
Lots of Pure water and avoid too much coffee, sodas, and drinks with sugar
Clean, pure water is exceptionally important not only to keep the skin hydrated, but also to help move toxins out of the body, which ultimately leads to clearer skin. Herbal teas, mineral water, and homemade fruit-infused water can also help replace sugary sodas, commercially prepared teas, sweetened coffee drinks, and fruit juice, which all contribute to puffiness, blemishes, and skin aging. Sorry Starbucks Fans, but their coffee is not going to help your skin or your weight!
Darkly colored vegetables and fruits
Darkly colored vegetables and fruits such as red onions, berries, cherries, eggplant, and purple potatoes are all good sources of a potent family of antioxidants that fight free radicals called polyphenols, which help to protect the skin from UV damage, inflammation, and oxidative damage. Incorporate a variety of colorful fruits and veggies into every meal.
Since free radical damage is an underlying cause of much skin damage, make sure your body has adequate stores of antioxidants to stop the damage. Some potent skin antioxidants include: zinc, selenium, vitamin E, vitamin C, Pycnogenol®, Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), milk thistle (sylimarin), curcumin, and a variety of carotenoids, such as astaxanthin, lycopene, and beta-carotene.
Vitamin C rich foods and Skin Care Serums with Vitamin C
Vitamin C rich foods like red peppers, parsley, broccoli, papaya, Brussels sprouts, strawberries and yes, citrus fruits, are great for the skin. As an antioxidant vitamin C helps to limit the damage caused by UV exposure and other free radical damage, but it is also necessary for the production of collagen, aids in skin repair, and decreases dry skin.
Hint: You can get Vitamin C into your skin care routine by using Eminence's Kale and Citrus Serum or Rosehip C & E Oil.
We tend to think of probiotics as being good for digestion, but the truth is these friendly little bacteria influence many aspects of health, including the health of our skin. Taking probiotics internally has been found to reduce UV damage and reduce skin inflammation and clear acne prone skin. There are many ways to get the probiotics you need. Kefir, Greek yogurts, Kimchi, supplements, and probiotic drinks.
Hint: Eminence's Clear Skin Products are full of Probiotics found in Yogurt.
Avoid too much sugar
Keeping your diet low in sugars is one of the best ways to avoid wrinkles! When there is excess blood glucose (a.k.a. blood sugar) those sugars bind to bodily proteins, damaging them and altering their function. Free radicals are also created in the process, which go on to cause more damage. Collagen and elastin, proteins in the skin responsible for its structure and elasticity, are likely to be most affected, leading to saggy, wrinkled skin.
Healthy skin is greatly influenced by internal health, but a comprehensive skin care program will help skin from the outside. Our skin is an organ that is unique in that it is both internal and external. Skincare products can help to nourish and heal the skin from the outside. A basic skin health routine should include a cleanser, toner, moisturizer, SPF 30 sun protection with zinc, and eye cream. For better results and to help correct skin issues and aging, you can then incorporate serums and masks to your routine.
Don't Forget to get Facials
Facials help to maintain your skin. Facials can help in correcting skin issues such as breakouts, congestion, and wrinkles. The deeper exfoliation you get with a facial removes dead skin cells for smoother, even toned skin, and will refine pores. Face massage is good for lymphatic drainage, releasing muscle tension, which causes wrinkles, and stimulates blood flow to get oxygen and nutrients to the skin, and gives the skin a healthy glow!
No Pain, No Gain Does Not Apply Here!
Facials are one of the few things in life that don't require you to do anything and isn't painful! You just lay back, relax, while some else does the work to your skin, leaving your skin glowing!