If you’ve ever suffered from any skin problems, these 10 tips for healthy skin are just what you need. Even if you once had problematic skin, it doesn’t mean you can just forget to take care of your skin once it’s better. You must maintain healthy skin since it’s your largest organ and is the first protective shield on your body.
Skin problems may include aging or sun/damaged skin, eczema, psoriasis, dry dehydrated skin, smokers or environmentally dull skin, oily or acne prone skin.
Besides being a health coach with a degree in health and wellness and nutrition, I am also a licensed esthetician. I am absolutely fascinated with skin care!
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10 Tips for Healthy Skin
- Drink plenty of water! If you drink at least, at LEAST, 6-8 glasses per day (more in hot weather) you’ll stay hydrated and your skin will be happy and hydrated as well. Since the liver, kidneys, and colon eliminate toxins, your body needs adequate amounts of water daily to keep those organs working properly to keep eliminating toxins. Besides excretion (urine and feces), your body also eliminates toxins through your skin via sweat.
- Include plenty of antioxidants in your diet. Antioxidants help slow down cellular aging. They also help protect the body from harmful molecules called “free radicals” that can cause cancer and other damage to cells in your body that cause other serious health conditions. Antioxidants can be obtained from fruits and vegetables high in vitamin C, E, polyphenols, selenium, and basically from eating a wide variety of many colorful fruits and veggies.
- Wake up and drink warm lemon water. By drinking warm lemon water first thing in the morning you can help cleanse your bowels. Sometimes when the bowels are full of mucus or other debris, it can get backed up and clogged which then can result in sluggish digestion. Sluggish digestion means sluggish skin since digestion and skin are strongly connected. The two are connected because both eliminate waste and when that can’t be done properly, the digestive system takes it out on the skin. After the lemon water try some dandelion tea to help eliminate toxins as well.
- Reduce clogging foods. Clogging foods include red meat, full fat dairy (yogurt is great to eat though), fried foods and foods that contain trans fat and saturated fat, and sugar. Sugar is the devil in disguise. Yeast is also another problematic food that can cause fungus in the skin as well as increase irritation through inflammation
- Avoid alcohol and tobacco. If I have to explain this one… then school systems and the FDA are not doing a good enough job teaching people how AWFUL smoking is and how bad alcohol is. In a nutshell, smoking pollutes the skin, the lungs, and creates more of those harmful free radicals in the body that create disease and illness. Alcohol also damages good healthy cells as well as damages the liver and what does awesome Mr. liver do? He eliminates toxins! Well when he can’t do that job properly due to alcohol getting in the way since the body becomes more toxic and creates an unhealthy environment that free radicals thrive in.
- Eat more EFA’s. EFA’s are “essential fatty acids”. EFA’s are an important part of healthy skin since they contain vitamin E (an antioxidant) and can help make your skin smooth and radiant. You can obtain EFA’s through nuts, seeds (flax, pumpkin, sunflower, sesame), avocado, cold pressed oils, and healthy fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, sardines, etc…
- Cut back on salt. Salt in moderation is fine, in fact is actually part of sports drinks that help add electrolytes back into the body. However, too much salt puts a strain on your kidneys, heart, arteries, and brain. When aiming for glowing skin, you can actually get natural amounts of sodium from vegetables and low sodium broths in soup (soup is very good for digestion).
- Drink more homemade broths (soup and bone broth). Bone broth is especially beneficial to digestion, but with both soup and bone broth, make sure sodium levels aren’t high. Broths keep the body hydrated, improves circulation, and helps keep the digestive tract lubricated.
- Incorporate skin brushing daily. Try adding skin brushing into your daily routine. Skin brushing helps boost circulation, sweep away dead skin cells, stimulate the lymph nodes, improve digestion, improve the appearance of cellulite, and help the cells and body in general remove waste. This is great for all skin types. It’s basically exfoliating the entire body in a dry manner compared to salt or sugar scrubs in the shower. Skin brushing helps a congested lymphatic system remove waste, which can help reduce inflammation.
- Eat more fiber. Fiber keeps the digestive tract regular and enhances elimination. If you have constipation issues, fiber is key. Constipated people are more likely to have bothersome skin conditions because the body isn’t properly eliminating waste.
Look out for my next posts this week on specific foods and tips for different problematic skin conditions as well as a video on Juicing 4 Better Skin, which is a video that contains me talking about the juices and then 4 quick clips of the actual juices.