Skin Care the
As the old
". . . you are what you eat."
However, in terms of skin care diet is a great place to start,
but by no means does good skin care stops there.
When it comes to
natural skin care it is not only about what you eat but also how you
care for yourself.
Healthy, glowing skin is a visible indication of
good physical health and a balanced diet.
Conversely, problem skin is often an outward indication of an inner
imbalance or poor nutritional habits.
If you are looking to improve
your skin's tone and appearance try the following tips to help you look
and feel your best.
First, adopt a can-do attitude. . .
Your attitude shapes your experience. If you move through the world
constantly fraught with worry and anxiety your health and appearance
will be negatively impacted with time.
Make a concerted effort to avoid
frowning, and smile often. Studies show that simply smiling can help
turn a sour mood around.
Care for your skin from the inside out. . .
One serving is comprised of a medium apple, a half-cup of spinach or a
cup of tomato juice. You can also get your servings in by including
lettuce and tomato on sandwiches, substituting or adding carrot sticks
to your lunch, or switching to brown instead of white rice. Flaxseed,
nuts and beans are all excellent sources of fiber and can be easily
incorporated into any diet.
It is also a good idea to avoid nicotine, excessive sugar, alcohol,
fried and processed foods as these contribute to problem skin.
Keep a bottle
or glass of water on hand at all times and aim to drink
at least half your weight in ounces each day. For example, if you weigh
120 lbs, try to take in at least 60 ounces of water each day.
There are a number of foods, such as lettuce and certain fruits, with
high water content that you can use to help boost your water intake.
Water baths your cells and helps to eliminate toxins; it also keeps you
hydrated from the inside. The result; beautiful, healthy natural skin.
You can help facilitate this process with exfoliation and exercise.
With exfoliation, dry, rough and dead skin cells are eliminated from
the top layer of your skin revealing the glowing natural skin
becomes more important with aging as the process of
generating new skin cells slows, thus causing a dull complexion. There
are a number of commercially available products that exfoliate.
These include various
scrubs with microbeads, sugar, salt and crushed walnut shells. You
might also try using cloths specially designed for this purpose, or
making your own preparation.
Be careful to test any products for sensitivity before applying to the
Also, be sure to avoid using these products in sensitive areas such as
around the eyes.
Aim to get at least thirty minutes of exercise at
least three times each week.
Whatever activity you choose should take you within 50-70% of your
target heart rate for best results.
and protect against the elements.
Just as it is important to care for skin from the inside out it is also
important to employ some natural skin care tips from the outside in.