Skin an Inside/Outside Job

In this busy, rush-rush, high stress society we live in, our ability to take time to nourish ourselves often gets put on the back shelf and subsequently ignored. Your skin is the largest organ you have.  It is also the only organ that you must tend to from both the inside and the outside.  Some main causes for aging of skin are:

 

 

 

  • Sun exposure
  • Poor nutrition
  • Stress
  • Poor sleep
  • Cigarette Smoke
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine


Often there is a disconnect when we associate what we eat with our appearance, immune system and overall health. We don’t just eat because we get hungry; that food helps to make the next version of us. Here are a few simple steps you can incorporate over time that will make a difference in your skin health and, most likely, your overall health.

From the Inside:

  • The more a food is processed, the less life it has in it.  You’ve heard the advice about shopping mainly on the outside aisles of a grocery store; this is where the freshest food usually hangs out.
  • Nuts and seeds.  These are a wonderful source of essential fatty acids, as well as vitamins and minerals.  Of course, you must exercise caution if you have allergies to nuts and seeds.  You want raw, organic as opposed to roasted and salted.  One of my favorite combinations is: 1-2 TBS of raw, organic pumpkin seeds with 1-2 TBS of raw, organic almonds, 1 TBS of raw, organic walnuts and 2 tsp of goji berries every day.
  • Leafy green vegetables.  Many of these types of vegetables nourish yin from a Chinese Medicine perspective.  Yin is the nourishing aspect of the yin/yang relationship.

From the Outside:

  • Dry brushing prior to taking a shower helps activate the lymphatic system.  This will help your body blush toxins and support your immune system.
  • After brushing apply oil to your body before getting in the shower.  You can use olive oil, grape seed oil (to name a couple).  Put the oil in an empty pump soap dispenser.  Be sure to put a bath mat under you to keep the floor free of any spills.  Do not put on the bottom of your feet or your shower could turn into a slip and slide.  Wash as you normally would.  The oil helps to hold the moisture in your skin so that the soap does not strip it.  The soap removes any oily residue so you don’t crave a Caesar salad all day (olive oil) or stain your clothing.  I do not recommend this for a bath.
  • Use products that do not have toxic preservatives or harsh substances that may cause an allergic reaction or dry your skin.

Stay tuned for more tips for the health of your skin.

*This blog is not intended to diagnose or treat.  If you have allergies or sensitivities be sure to check with a health care provider before implementing any new protocols.

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