Natural Skin Care
by heidithomas | on February 15, 2012
Natural Skin Care
The skin is the largest organ in the body and to stay looking young, you must maintain healthy skin. There are quite a number of things you can do to help with this.
The Best Ways To Achieve Natural Skin Care Methods
Certain lifestyle choices will aid in keeping the skin healthy. Some of the most obvious include not smoking, limiting your alcohol intake, limiting stresses, and the following:
1. adequate rest and sleep. The skin, like all of our body, rejuvenates itself during sleep and getting enough is important in allowing the skin time to heal and energize itself.
2. Exercise. The skin releases sweat, which helps our body to also release dangerous toxins and if we exercise we can lose about a pint of fluid by this means.
3. This also brings up a very necessary way to keep skin young and that is to drink lots and lots of purified water. We should always drink at least
8 8 oz. glasses a day.
4. Although it is important that we get at least 10 minutes of sun exposure to the face each day to get natural sources of vitamins A and D, it is also important to minimize the amount of cumulative sun exposure our body gets. Overexposure to sun is a major cause of skin aging and keeping in the shade whenever possible will help. Sun screen is important, but be very, very careful to choose certain brands that do not include dangerous toxins. . (see http://www.skinbiology.com/toxicsunscreens.html ).
Using Proper Nutrition For Natural Skin Care
The other way, beside these healthy lifestyle practices is to get proper nutrients by the way of important vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Some of these can be gotten from skin lotions and oils, but again be sure to avoid certain ingredients that can poison the body.
Nutrients that are important to maintaining and rejuvenating healthy skin include:
- Coenzyme Q10 (coQ10)
- Vitamin A
- Vitamins C and E
- Omega-3 fatty acids
This important antioxidant firms and tones the skin by helping it to energize itself and also to repair itself with collagen and elastin. These factors will help in reducing and preventing lines and wrinkles in the skin.
This is another important antioxidant that helps fight free-radical damage. Free radicals are a major factor in skin aging. Vitamin A is effective in improving skin damage caused by sun over exposure. Inadequate amounts of this vitamin in the diet can cause dry itchy skin.
These powerful antioxidants also help combat free radicals. These vitamins are also a major factor in the skin’s natural ability to repair and regenerate itself. A 2005 study published in The Journal of Investigative Dermatology concluded that those who took supplements with vitamins C and E ultimately had reduced sunburns from UVB radiation exposure Even more compelling, was that researchers found reduced DNA damage inside skin cells from the use of vitamins C and E.1.
The only way to provide these essential fatty acids to the body is through diet and supplementation as the body does not naturally produce them. They help the skin to fight lines and wrinkles and retain moisture by increasing the production and retention of the skin’s natural oils. This will help in the feel of young skin by keeping it smooth and soft.
This is known as vitamin B3 and will also help in the reduction of lines and wrinkles and keeps the skin’s smoothness, elasticity and firmness. It supports the retention of skin moisture so will help with dry skin symptoms.
known as vitamin H, biotin is considered part of the B-complex group and is possibly the most important for skin health. It forms the foundation for skin, nail, and hair growth. Even the slightest deficiency can cause dry or itchy skin.
This mineral also supports the skin’s ability to naturally repair and rejuvenate itself. It will also help in maintaining moisture and elasticity
This mineral reduces oxidative stress to the skin and is known for its superb ability to maintain and strengthen skin elasticity.
Zinc is found to aid in tissue and cell growth and is necessary for the structural integrity of the skin. It is involved in a number of enzyme processes including the stabilization of cell membranes.
Be sure to make all of these things a part of your daily routine and you will keep your skin glowing and looking young!
Here’s to your health
P.S. In order to use the best natural skin care practices, it is vital to comprehensively cleanse and replenish your body properly in order to stay young and healthy. Find out how by watching this free videoCleansing For Natural Skin Care
1. Placzek et al. Ultraviolet B-induced DNA damage in human epidermis is modified by ascorbic acid and d-alpha tocopherol. J Invest Derm 2005;124:304-307.