Healthy, radiant, skin – it’s what everyone wants. Unfortunately, trying to find it in a bottle can have serious side effects on your health. Today, treating skin with many popular beauty care products means unknowingly dousing yourself in chemicals that can be hazardous to your health.
Yes, it’s true: sodium laureth sulfates, parabens, and BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) are just a few ingredients used in traditional cosmetics and skin care products. When we apply these products to our skin, the skin acts as a portal, allowing toxins in to our bloodstream. Some of these chemicals are known carcinogens, reproductive toxins, and/or hormone disruptors, all of which wreak havoc on the body. So what’s a girl (or guy) to do?
Take Care of Your Skin
Great skin care options can be found at the grocery store, but not in the beauty care aisle. Remember the old adage “you are what you eat”? It’s true! Great skin starts with your diet, and these tips will help you get started.
- Probiotics are your new friend. “If your gut’s bacteria balance is unfavorable, the toxic bacteria can leak through microscopic holes in the wall of your gastrointestinal tract and travel throughout your body, including your skin, causing inflammation that prevents the skin from functioning properly,” says Dr. Frank Lipman, an integrative physician and director of Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in New York City. What does this mean for skin health? If the bacteria is off in your gut, you’ll be more prone to skin problems such as acne, psoriasis, and eczema. Probiotics are great for overall health as well, so pick some up and make them part of your daily regimen.
- Eat fat. Well, not just any fat – healthy fats. Healthy fats lubricate joints, promote healthy cell function, and are key to healthy hair and skin. Choose natural fats such as olive oil and flax oil. Just remember if you’re cooking at a high temperature, you need an oil with a low smoke point for health benefits. Coconut oil is a great choice for high temperature cooking and eat grass-fed butter.
- Eat your vitamins. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that women with a lower intake of vitamin C were more likely to have wrinkles.Vitamin C plays a vital role in the production of collagen (a necessary part of skin health). Eating C-rich foods (oranges, strawberries, red peppers) and adding a quality Vitamin C tablet are great ways to get your daily dose of this healthy vitamin.
- Avoid Sugar. Sugar isn’t just bad for our waistline. Dr. Lipman, mentioned above, states: “sugar is poison for the skin.” Sugar causes inflammation and can lead to glycation. What’s so bad about glycation? It causes the skin to age prematurely – and nobody wants that!
Extra Boost for Skin Health
Let’s face it: even with a healthy diet, sometimes our skin still needs a boost. What then? Find a skin care product that offers beauty benefits without the risk of chemical exposure. Our anti-aging skin care line Restiva can do just that. It’s packed with powerful anti-aging ingredients and antioxidants in a lightly textured cream infused with natural oils, shea butter, and hyaluronic acid to maximize skin care benefits. We know if you use it regularly you’ll feel great in your skin.
Want to find out how your skin care products stack up? Organizations like the Environmental Working Group are making this information accessible via their Skin Deep database. Check ingredients and toxicity of your products and decide if they make the grade.
Taking care of your skin starts with taking care of you. Make healthy choices; get your beauty sleep, eat your vitamins, avoid sugar and drink plenty of water. Of course, if you need a little help, Restiva is only a click away.