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Naturally Healthy Skin

written by Head Health Nutter May 3, 2008

Taking care of your body includes keeping moisturized. Drinking water is of course the number one way to maintain hydration. But our society’s focus on cleanliness and staying away from fats (good and the bad) also contribute to dryness and dehydration.

In response to this problem, manufacturers of skin care products come to our rescue! Only their help comes with more than one price. Their products wreak further havoc on our systems because of the chemicals they use.

Metro News and the editors of Alive magazine reminded me of this in an article, “Natural, Beautiful Skin ” earlier this week. Rather than thoughtlessly continue slathering on harmful substances, they suggested eating healthy foods and choosing skin care products made with natural ingredients.

Healthy Foods to stay young:

Vitamin A helps build new skin cells. It’s found in milk, eggs, cantaloupe, yellow and dark green veggies.

Vitamin B allows skin to shed dead cells. Eat whole grains, brewer’s yeast , legumes and green vegetables

to help slough off the old to make room for the new.

Vitamin C helps build and maintain elastin and collagen. You can find high levels of this one in citrus fruits, yellow and dark green veggies, and strawberries.

Zinc helps regulate the skin’s oil glands. Try munching on peas, nuts, brewer’s yeast and dairy products.
Safe, Natural Ingredients to Look for When Buying Skin Care Products:

  • Blends of foods, like maple sugar to avocado, are being used as a base for nourishing skin facials.
  • Moisturizers that contain sorbitol , honey sugars or fruit acids draw moisture from the air and trap it in the skin.
  • Exfoliators, like Epsom salts, perform microdermabrasion as they help flake off dead skin, unclog dirt and oil in pores and allow natural oils to lubricate the skin.
  • Emollients such as coconut, corn, jojoba, or nut oils prevent moisture loss.
  • Skin conditioners that contain lecithin, vegetable alcohol and vitamin B smooth and soften skin.
  • Natural sunscreens that contain zinc oxide create a physical barrier to protect skin against the sun’s rays.

Hopefully this article will help us take better care of our bodies while we stay looking as young as we feel.

My question now is: Does anyone know of any good natural product lines?

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