3 Simple Steps For Women Over 40 To Get Healthy Glowing Skin Naturally
“Certain foods have powerhouse ingredients that keep skin supple and smooth and help fight age-related damage.”
~ Nicholas Perricone, MD, board-certified dermatologist
and author of “Ageless Face, Ageless Mind.”
Who hasn’t heard the phrase “You are what you eat” about a million times?
That’s because it’s so true.
Today I’d like to put a little spin on that common phrase, though, and change it to, “Your skin becomes what you eat.”
Here’s a simple fact: Your skin is the largest organ in your body.
It is the protective covering and the first line of defense when it comes to fighting illness and disease, and it is also a gateway to your bloodstream.
With that being said, it’s important to realize that what you apply topically on your skin, as well as what you eat and nourish your body with, will affect the overall health and appearance of your skin.
So let’s get started from the inside out getting healthy glowing skin.
1. Drink Clean Water.
Our first order of business is to be sure that we HYDRATE our skin.
What that means is drinking plenty of clean water every day (never toxic tap water — unless you have your own personal well water or filtration system).
As a general rule to make things easy, consume half your body weight in ounces of water per day.
For example, if you weigh 120 pounds, aim for 60 ounces of clean water per day.
If you are more physically active, if you live in a warmer climate or just feel thirsty, you may need to up your daily intake.
One last thing, as we age, our skin tends to become dehydrated more quickly, which may cause it to wrinkle, so hydration is really important.
2. Eat Clean Whole Foods.
Let me give you some examples of foods you can begin to include in your daily meals starting today.
Here we go:
- Omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in fatty fish, such as herring, sardines and wild-caught salmon. Vegetarian sources of omega-3s include flaxseeds, chia seeds and walnuts. Omega-3 fatty acids are known to decrease inflammation and may reduce the risk of acne and other skin problems.
- Vitamin C helps to produce collagen and prevents our cells from damage caused by free radicals. Great sources of Vitamin C include oranges, pineapples, tomatoes, strawberries, bell peppers, camu camu, amla berries and maqui berries.
- Vitamin E helps limit sun damage and signs of aging. If you’re looking for a delicious snack that is a fabulous source of Vitamin E, look no further… Grab a handful of almonds and start crunching away!
- Vitamin A revitalizes our skin by increasing cell production and rebuilding tissue. Organic pastured eggs and dark leafy greens are excellent choices to get some Vitamin A into your meals.
- Beta-Carotene is needed to repair tissue. It is found in abundance in orange foods, such as carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin and cantaloupe.
What are other GREAT choices when it comes to foods to include to boost your skin health?
Choose dark leafy greens, avocados, mushrooms, berries and… BIG surprise… dark chocolate (always look for an organic bar that has minimal ingredients and contains at least 70% cacao content)!
You can even make your own scrumptious raw chocolates by clicking here:
Did you know that your skin is a “breathable” organ?
3. Upgrade What You Put Onto Your Skin.
Again, this is true, too. When you realize that up to 60% of what you apply to your skin will be absorbed into your bloodstream (and children absorb even more than 60%), it kind of changes the way you look at things, doesn’t it?
As you can imagine, many of the products that you’ve been using for many years (or all of your life) actually contain harmful ingredients and could damage your health.
So what can you do? Well, find a healthier alternative to what you’ve been using STAT!
These days, savvy consumers are waking up to the potential dangers lurking in their makeup bags and in their bathroom cabinets, and that has caused them to begin to take a closer look at what they are putting on their skin.
They are also demanding safer alternatives for themselves and for their families.
Several of these toxic chemicals are linked to a host of problems including, and not limited to, allergies, skin rashes, cancer, headaches, fertility and reproductive issues, birth defects, hormone inhibitors and the list goes on.
Some toxic chemicals in products that should be avoided:
- Parabens are often found in deodorants and moisturizers. Parabens are hormone inhibitors and are believed to accelerate tumor growth.
- Artificial fragrances and colors may trigger allergies, asthma and some artificial colors contain lead and harmful dyes.
- Toulene is found in nail polish, hair color products and some fragrances. This chemical is linked to kidney and liver damage, which may affect fetal growth.
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate/Sodium Laureth Sulfate is a foaming agent found in shampoos and body/facial washes. It dries out the skin and is linked to eczema, hair- loss, rashes and dry/scaly skin.
- Formaldehyde is used as a preservative and to embalm bodies. Formaldehyde is known by several different names and should be avoided at all costs, as the side effects are numerous.
- PEG’s are found in numerous skin and personal care products. This is anti-freeze — shocking, I know — and should be used in your car, not on your skin.
- Paraffin/Mineral Oil/Petrolatum clogs pores, which can cause toxic build-up.
- Phthalates are found in plastics and are a known hormone disruptor.
- Triclosan is used in anti-bacterial products. It is a pesticide, harmful to the environment and a suspected carcinogenic.
- Sunscreens… Google some of the ingredients in your sunscreen, and you will discover that they cause possible damage to DNA and many are known carcinogens.
Of course, there are even more I could list… I’m sure you get the point, though.
So what’s the bottom line? If you won’t EAT it, it doesn’t belong on your SKIN.
- Opt for high-quality and nontoxic skin care and makeup when buying commercial products.
- Choose high-quality essential oils to use as a fragrance instead of toxic perfumes.
You can use this convenient database to quickly look up what may be lurking in your skin care products.
They even have an app for your smartphone, too, so you’ll never be caught at the store, getting ready to buy a lotion or a potion, not knowing what you’re putting onto your beautiful skin again.
Have you implemented any of the suggestions that I’ve shared above? What did you notice about the health of your skin? I would love to hear your comments below.
To your health and happiness…