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Your skin is your biggest detoxification organ. If your body isn’t healthy it can literally show on your face, or anywhere on your body for that matter. In naturopathic care, we focus on getting your body to feel healthy and in return you will look healthy too. The fundamentals of healthy living for your body also apply to your skin and face.
The beauty industry is a multi billion dollar industry. There are so many products and treatments and diets out there to help your skin look healthy, but which things really work? Which should you choose? Here’s what I think is most important.
1. Hydration. Water is an essential part of a healthy skin regimen. When you drink water it eventually gets to every other organ in your body. The very last place it will reach is your skin so stay well hydrated by drinking enough water every single day.
2. Antioxidants. Free radical damage from regular metabolism of cells is intensified with sun exposure. The skin is most vulnerable. The damage from the sun disrupts the skin cell lining and lead to sunspots, age spots, wrinkles and the worst culprit cancer. Antioxidants protect from free radical damage. You can find them in the following foods.
- Vitamin A (beta carotene): green leafy veggies, intense colored fruit and veggies
- Vitamin C: citrus fruits, broccoli, strawberries and green peppers
- Vitamin E: green leafy veggies, nuts, and seeds
- Alpha-Lipoic Acid: broccoli, spinach, collards, chard
- DMAE: salmon, sardines, and anchovies
3. Sleep. Your cells repair and regenerate while you’re sleeping. There really is such a thing as beauty sleep! 8 hours. Get it!
4. Topical Treatments. There are 4 important steps to follow with any skin care ritual
a. Cleanse: it is important to remove excess make-up and dirt and remove some oil from the skin, gentle is usually better, abrasive cleansers are too drying for most skin types.
b. Exfoliate. We have several layers of skin. Exfoliation reveals the healthy living tissue underneath the top dead skin layers. It also may reduce large pores and give more of a glow to otherwise dull thick layered skin.
c. Moisturize. Back to the first important rule of skin care; hydration. A good moisturizer after a cleanse helps to keep water in, giving the cells water to plump up and not be dry and shriveled.
d. Protect with Sunscreen. Sun damage, specifically free radical damage, is not good for any cell – and the skin is most vulnerable. Using a good sunscreen every day (30+) will keep your skin healthy and will ward off premature aging. See this site for choosing your sunscreen.