Let’s take into consideration the function and needs of your skin. What is the function of your skin?
- physical protection
- immune system protection
- temperature regulation
- self moisturizing
- sensations of cold and warmth
- sensation of pressure cushioning
Without your skin you would have none of these very important things. It’s the largest organ in our body and is the first thing that meets the environment. Did you know that our body uses the skin as one of the avenues to eliminate toxins? If there’s inflammation or a buildup of toxins anywhere internally, the body will eventually express it externally in the form of rashes, acne, dryness, and itchiness.
If you decide to take care of your skin, you must also decide to take care of the rest of your body. The following are basic home remedies to a healthy body and beautiful skin. Enjoy!
Organs of Elimination, the internal approach to healthy skin:
LIVER (the major detoxification organ in our body)
- Limit alcohol: 2 glasses of alcohol per day preferably red wine
- Eat liver healthy foods: garlic, citrus fruits, beets, carrots, greens, green tea, apples, omega 3s, olive oil, avocados
COLON: poor digestion & elimination = toxic build up = bad skin
- Fiber: make sure you’re having a bowel movement everyday
- Hydration: prevents constipation
- Eliminate food allergy foods: causes inflammation which can be expressed on the skin
SKIN, External approach
- Dry brushing: with dry bristle brush to get dead cells off and stimulate lymphatic detoxification system
- Sweating: great way to get toxins out of the body and increase circulation to give your skin cells the nutrients it needs to be healthy
- Cleansing and moisturizing: See an Esthetician for more detailed information about the importance of this
- Sun screen: must have a topical block to protect collagen, and pigment cells
- Stop scratching and picking: leads to introduction of bacteria and can lead to scarring
- Hydration: water – half your body weight on ounces daily, homemade soups, herbal teas, fresh fruits and vegetables
- Movement: your lymphatic system does not have valves like your blood vessels, so it only moves with muscle contractions and massage. So any form of exercise will work here – walking, running, yoga, etc…
- No smoking!
- Breathing deeply/no holding the breath. There are many volatile toxins we are exposed to from the environment and breathing helps to get those out. Are you the type of person who holds their breath when they’re stressed? This one’s for you. Breathe in deeply to the count of 5, hold for the count of 7, and breathe out long and slow to the count of 9. This is a grounding breath to help relax, detoxify, and allow optimal digestion.
Antioxidants Decrease free radicals and toxins that damage skin cells
- Berries (blueberries)
- Vitamin C
- Fruits and vegetables (kiwi, broccoli, kale, strawberries, bell peppers)
- Vitamin E
- Wheat germ, nuts, seeds (sunflower), dark green leafy vegetables
- Brazil nuts, sea food, garlic, eggs
- Beta Carotene
- Carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach, kale, cantaloupe
- Decrease refined sugars, simple carbohydrates
- Increase Omega 3 Fish oil, avocados
Other Things to consider:
Good sleep, stress management, a skincare regimen and appropriate treatments as prescribed by an Esthetician can improve your skin. Even if you chose to do one thing from each category, you will be doing not only your skin but the rest of your body a huge favor! Skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, rosacea and acne often have a nutritional component to them. It’s important to look at correcting internal imbalances in order to ease these external conditions.