Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Is your skin healthy?

I was asked yesterday about what were the best things to take for healthy and youthful looking skin. The answer was and is very easy, your skin is a picture of what is happening on the inside of your body. If you are unhealthy internally, you will have a very good chance of having unhealthy skin on the outside.

The first thing to do to help the look of your skin is to make sure you hydrate it daily. This means skip or cut back on soda, coffee and carbonated beverages and replace it with as much fresh water as you can consume. This alone makes a difference that is noticeable very quickly. You will next want to lubricate the skin and prevent dryness internally and externally. On the inside you can lubricate the skin by eating more foods with high levels of good oil content such as salmon, mackeral, sardines, olive oil, natural peanut butter and avocados, along with the increased water intake. You can also add things to your vitamin program that help natural internal lubrication like omega 3 capsules, cod liver oil capsules, flax seed oil.

Externally making sure you lubricate with high quality no added chemical oil and lotion products, make sure to look for these at your health food store and not your drug store. There is a wonderful oil that can be used on your skin that not only lubrictes but softens and reduces aging and dry skin, it is called Squalene. It is a shark oil product and is hands down the best thing for our skin as it ages topically, it is also available in an internal capsule to help carry that oild to the internal lubrication level as well.

As our body needs to be able to digest the food and supplements we give it every day, the skin needs to be able to absorb the oils and lotions we apply topically. I have a trick you might like to try. It is a way of exfoliating dry skin and clearing the skin to a healthier palate for absorption of the oils and creams.

First start with a teaspoon of simple table sugar and add a little water and immediately start scrubbling the face and removing dead skin. After about one minute, rinse the face with warm water and pat dry, you will be amazed by the glow and texture of your skin when dead skin cells are out of the way.

At this point add your oils and lotions and sit back and enjoy the glow. Many people pay thousands of dollars for advice that is given at department stores that will lead you to this exact location, so help your skin look it's best and put Your best face forward.

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