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11 Simple Tips For Healthy, Beautiful Skin

skin treatment applyingYour skin, the biggest organ you have. Keeping it healthy and youthful is not so hard! Here are 11 simple tips to get and maintain beautiful, healthy skin:

1. Lemon water
When you wake up in the morning, drink a room temperature glass of water with organic lemon juice. This cleansing process is a great life practice, helps with great skin and great health.

2. Drink Water
Drink enough water very day, avoid sodas and sugary juices.

3. Wash your face
Don’t just wash your face before bed, suds up when you get home, even if it is early afternoon. Bacteria can irritate skin, clog pores, and trigger breakouts and long term damage can cause scarring.

4. Disinfect your reading and sun glasses
Great practice to implement every few days with rubbing alcohol. Think of all the surfaces glasses touch from desks, kitchen tables, bathroom counters to the counter at your local coffee shop, then they get placed back over the face. Keeping skin clean is important. 

5. Take nutrients
Remember to take your vitamins, minerals, fats and antioxidants even if you are eating a great diet. Fats are especially important to keep skin supple and firm. You can increase your good fats naturally by consuming more salmon, flaxseed, and almonds. Just understand that good fats are not saturated fat such as those found in dairy products and meats, which increase free-radical damage that makes skin more susceptible to aging.

6. Eat great food
8-10 cups of vegetables per day, 2 cups of fruit per day and high quality lean proteins is a good startEat vegetables from all possible colors of the rainbow weekly to ensure a variety of nutrients in your diet.

7. Go organic
Use organic skin care products. There are loads of chemical free products to choose from that don’t break the bank.

8. Sun Protection
Protect your skin from the sun. Ideally, SPF 30 with moisturizing and of course make sure it is organic. Every 10 minutes of daily exposure to UVA ‘the aging rays”can cause changes that  lead to sun spots and wrinkles in a matter of three short months, so don’t skip this step! Studies are now showing using a lower SPF but applying frequently is the way to go for optimal sun protection.

9. Let it go
If something is bothering you, talk about it and work it out – don’t wear it on your skin. Stress and unbalanced emotions can age you fast. You can increase the stress hormone “cortisol” quickly with constant anxiety which can trigger acne and facial redness.

10. Regular exercise
Studies show those who work out on consistently have firmer skin than non exercisers, so get your exercise on, once approved by your doctor. Exercise infuses skin with oxygen and nutrients that you need for collagen production!

11. Get to sleep
Maintaining a healthy sleep routine is critical for long term skin health. If you are in the habit of staying up late in front of the television, break it and get to sleep at a decent time every night. Your skin and overall health will be improved.

Bonus Tips!

How about a little retinoid?

The vitamin-A in retinoid derivatives speed cell turnover and collagen growth to smooth fine lines and wrinkles and fade brown spots. With a version now available over the counter called retinol, we can all use this product easily. Retinol may take up to 3 months to see noticeable  results, so be patient.

Fall in love with your looks/yourself just the way you are

The truth is we will never be at or feel our best until we can fall in love with exactly the way we are right now. It is our inner beauty that shines through our skin. All the practices, products and magical potions in the world can’t improve our looks if the insides are not appreciated, cared for, loved and nourished. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, if you see yourself as beautiful, so will everyone else.

Renay Matthews is a nutritionist practicing in Agoura Hills California and can be reached at www.elitewellnesspath.com & www.greatgrubforkids.com

Originally published July 2010

Fun in the Sun: 4 Natural Oils to Add to Your Skin Care Regimen

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Summer just wouldn’t be summer without plenty of fun in the sun. This is the season of picnics, parades, barbeques, and beach days, when most people are wearing the least amount of clothing they’ve been in all year. Everyone knows that too much sun exposure can lead to not only sun burns, but skin damage, wrinkles, sun spots, and even cancer – but does that stop us?

There is only one way you’re going to make it through this sunny season – as well as the many summers to come – and that’s by adequately protecting and caring for your fragile skin. The most exposed areas of your body (the face, ear, neck, lips, etc) are also at the highest risk of developing skin cancer from over-exposure to ultraviolet rays. So it is particularly important to take precautionary measures to protect these areas.

These 4 naturally occurring oils, though not enough sun protection on their own, provide amazing skin benefits to bolster your skin care regimen this summer season:

1. Dilo oil: The nut of the Dilo tree, native to the island of Fiji, produces an oil known for its healing properties. Dilo oil contains calophyllic acid, which is scientifically proven to stimulate healing, reduce inflammation and promote the growth of healthy new skin cells. Wakaya Perfection (the same people who produce that amazing, natural ginger powder we’re always raving about) sell a Dilo Cream that restores and regenerates skin, contains antioxidant vitamins and is a natural sun protector.

2. Argan oil: Naturally harvested in Morocco since ancient times, Argan oil contains high levels of fatty acids, anti-oxidants, and vitamin E, all known to help protect and repair skin cells. Nowadays the oil is harvested largely by all-female collectives, providing a major source of income to many Moroccan women. Healthy and socially responsible!

3. Coconut oil: Similar to Argan oil, coconut oil is rich in antioxidants and vitamin E. And even better, you can put it on your skin and eat it! Just be sure to get virgin, cold-pressed coconut oil, as opposed to the hydrogenated variety, which is much higher in saturated oil.

4. Acai oil: You’ve probably seen this berry all over the place recently – it’s the health fad of the last few years. What you might not know is that the oil extracted from these super-berries provides for a natural, nutrient-rich skin care product high in antioxidants, vitamin C, and essential fatty acids.

What sunshine activities are you enjoying most this summer? Are you making sure to protect your skin against sun damage?

 

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The Secret to Beauty and Healthy Skin Starts Within

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Skin is the largest organ in – or on – the human body. That means there’s a lot of it to enjoy, but also a lot of it that can be harmed and impacted by life. Such common conditions as wrinkles, fine lines, sun spots and moles are usually nothing more than symptoms of age, but there are other ways your skin can suffer over time, too. Sun, for instance, is a big one. As are toxins, makeup, and lack of cleanliness.

With such a premium placed on “beauty” in our culture – which, by the way, is so relative and often arbitrary – many people feel dissatisfied with the skin they inhabit. Too rough, too curvy, too hairy, too many freckles, too many wrinkles. If we spent as much time practicing self love as we do worrying about our skin and our bodies, we’d undoubtedly have a very happy society on our hands. The sad irony of this, though, is that many of the things that plague us about our appearances are within our control to mitigate.

Our weight, for instance. If we could learn to love wholesome food, enjoy moving around in physical activity, and end troubled cycles of dieting, binging, and fasting, we might also learn to love the bodies that serve us so well.

Our skin, too. If you love the sun, wear makeup, exercise, travel the world – more power to you. But follow the simple advice of skin care expert Alison Thurston, of Sports Club/LA, who soberly advises, “Going to bed without cleaning your face is the same as not brushing your teeth. The best thing for your skin is to clean it, even if it’s just a hot terry cloth towel at the end of the day.”

Wear sunscreen, wash your face, and give your skin the time and space it needs to recover from the wear and tear of daily life. Pretty simple, eh? “Skin is an organ, it needs to breathe.”

Now, how do we possibly handle aging? Is that the one chink in this self-positive wellness scheme? Obviously there is no way to “escape” aging, and there shouldn’t need to be. Growing older is a rite of passage, a natural development of maturation and wisdom-gathering. The lines on the face of a 90-year-old tell the story of thousands of tears shed, smiles cracked, kisses given and received, and thoughts contemplated.

As Alison reflects, “Aging is inevitable and how a person’s skin ages, i.e. wrinkles, is based a lot on their genetics.” That said, healthy skin care practices over a lifetime can at least protect your from skin cancer and sun spots, which “should be a very real concern for anyone at any age.”

One thing to do as you get older, in particular, is to let go of appearance-based fears by looking closely at yourself in the mirror. Really take a good look. “A healthy lifestyle should always include a little daily close attention to your skin,” Alison suggests. “A great way to pay attention to your skin is to clean it and examine it on a regular basis.” This can be especially difficult to do when we feel any amount of shame regarding our appearance, but the practice is both essential for our physical health and potentially tranformative for our emotional health.

Ultimately, our happiness and sense of self are often wrapped up in our appearances, for better or for worse. If it is beauty or a perceived lack of it that troubles you, then find the courage to take a good look at yourself today and notice all the beautiful things looking back at you in the reflection. If it is health and wellness you are concerned about, then take action! Wash your face, let your skin breathe and recover, and set the intent for healthy living NOW. The power is in your hands.

Try the mirror exercise Alison suggests and tell us your thoughts in the comments section below!

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