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. As we age, skin tends to become dehydrated a lot more quickly, causing it to wrinkle, so ample hydration is key. You need at least the recommended 6-8 glasses/day or another good rule of thumb that I go by is to drink half your body weight in ounces . If you are physically active, live in a warm climate, or feel thirsty, you may need to up your daily intake.
Second tip, eat your superfoods!
If it’s good for your health, it’s good for your skin too!
Omega-3 fatty acids are found in fatty fish, such as herring, sardines, and salmon. Some of the highest sources of omega-3's are fish oil (krill is a clean source), microalgea, flax seed, hemp and walnuts. Omega-3s are 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 is needed for growth & repair of tissue. It is found in abundance in orange foods like carrots, sweet potato, pumpkin, and cantaloupe.
Other fabulous foods to include to boost your skin health: dark leafy vegetables, avocados, mushrooms, berries, and, 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!!!! Understanding that products you've been using for years actually contain harmful ingredients and could damage your health is the first step! If this is true for you your first instinct probably would be to find a healthier alternative, pronto! Right?!
This is what is happening all over today! Heightened awareness and potential dangers have caused consumers to take a closer look at what they put on their skin and demand safer alternatives. I am writing this in the hope of helping you have a better understanding of what could be in your products. Many cosmetic companies do NOT even list their ingredients, aka toxic chemicals, because they are not required to do so. The truth is 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:
*****Of course, there are more, but you get the point. If you wouldn’t EAT it, it probably doesn’t belong on your SKIN.*****
I don't mean to stress you out about this at all. I just want you to start checking out labels, much like for the food you eat! There are so many more options of natural companies out there these days, so have a little fun, try different things and see how they work for you. If you love, love, love the company you use I would still suggest being aware of what is in them.
You can look up what’s in your skin care by visiting one of my favorite sites:
Have a great day and thanks for reading!
I am a wife and a mother of two, one boy one girl . They are the loves of my life! And also the reason I do what I do. I have to be able to keep up!