Skin Care Beauty, By: Dr. Loretta Lanphier, ND, CN, HHP, CH
When it comes to our skin, most folks are on a search for that one treatment or product that will lead them to “The Fountain of Youth” and keep their skin vibrant and healthy. Well, we all know there is no literal “Fountain of Youth”, but the good news is that it is not necessarily costly and complicated to maintain wellness for your skin. Use of a quality product such as Always Ageless; is definitely recommended. In addition, one of the secrets of excellence in skin care is identifying and controlling the most harmful factors that contribute to skin damage.
The Sun during Mid-Day
Hands down, the most beneficial thing you can do for your skin is to protect it from the damaging effects of too much sun. Ultraviolet rays can produce wrinkling, premature aging, dry skin, age spots, and even lead to cancer. Free radical damage caused by sun exposure is also a big problem, resulting in the destruction of both collagen and elastin in the skin, which dries it out and causes it to age faster. It is thought that about 90% of skin damage that occurs as we age is caused by overexposure to the sun.
The good news is that you can protect your skin from the sun, and even reverse some damage, by taking certain steps:
Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen. The use of a high-quality natural sunscreen is perhaps the most critical choice you can make regarding protection of your skin. Make sure the product you choose has a minimum SPF of 15.
An organic, non-toxic moisturizer will also help to promote the healthy, youthful appearance of your skin. Many natural sunscreens include a moisturizer in their formula.
Certain vitamins, especially vitamins A, B, C, D, and E are very beneficial for the overall wellness of your skin. Ample amounts of these are best found in a natural, whole foods based diet. Many vitamins can even help to reverse sun damage, and restore your skin to a more healthful condition.
Some age-related skin damage is a natural by product of growing older, but much of it can be minimized by taking better care of your skin. Aging skin produces wrinkles, age spots, freckles, skin discoloration, loss of skin tone, spider veins, skin tags, keratoses, and other issues. You can’t do much to prevent genetic characteristics, but a regular skin care routine will go a long ways toward keeping your youthful appearance longer.
Cleanse your skin with Hydra-Tone; twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening, to remove the cosmetics, dirt, grime, and dead skin cells that accumulate throughout the day.
Get in the habit of treating your skin gently. Avoid damaging your skin by pulling or scratching it, and stay away from skin care products that may cause inflammation or irritate problem areas.
Stress, anxiety and depression are very hard on our overall wellness, but they can specifically damage the health of the skin as well. Stress is particularly harmful to the skin. People who live with chronic stress can do great damage to all systems of their body, and it often shows on the outside by causing premature aging and skin disorders. Some tips for reducing stress include:
Various stress management techniques such as physical exercise or deep breathing can calm both the mind and body and improve energy flow as well. This will boost the condition of the entire body, including the skin.
An herbal facial is a great idea for promoting relaxation, and will specifically improve the condition of your skin to boot.
A nutritious, balanced diet is critical to maintaining beautiful skin. The body needs an estimated forty different vitamins and minerals every day to operate at peak efficiency. If any of these essential building blocks is missing, the whole body is affected. Your skin needs vitamins and minerals to perform many necessary functions, including new cell growth, damage repair, allergy control, and protection against toxins, free radicals, and other harmful substances. A wholesome, natural diet will beautify and nourish your skin. Here are a few tips on how to best “feed” your skin:
Avoid crash diets. Lose weight slowly and sensibly. Insufficient amounts of calories and/or nutrients will, among other things, negatively affect your skin. Work with your health care provider to find a weight management technique that will not damage your general health or your skin.
Eliminate substances that are particularly harmful for your skin. These include: refined sugar, excessive amounts of salt, alcohol, tobacco, and caffeine.
Watch out for spicy foods, especially if your skin is sensitive. These foods may irritate existing blemishes, and can even promote the formation of new ones.
Drink lots of pure, clean water. This is a wonderful habit, as it keeps your skin hydrated and helps eliminate toxins as well.
About the Author
Loretta Lanphier, ND, CN, HHP, CH is a Doctor of Naturopath, Clinical Nutritionist, Holistic Health Practitioner and Clinical Herbalist in Houston, TX and Founder / CEO of Oasis Advanced Wellness. Under her leadership, Oasis Advanced Wellness is known and respected as one of the leading companies in providing safe and clean hi-tech natural health and wellness solutions. Because of the need for high-end natural and organic skin care products, Dr. Lanphier has developed Lanique Organics, an all-natural skin-care line which promotes natural health for the skin.