5 Ways to Nourish your Skin from the Outside Part 3

1.   Sun

Most of the experts offer these helpful tips on minimizing the damaging rays of the sun. When it comes to being in the sun try and limit exposure to less than three hours a day.

  • Use water resistance sunscreen (SPF 15 or greater) as part of your daily routine.
  • If planning on being outside for a long period of time use a broad-spectrum, water resistant sunscreen of SPF 30+.  Remember to reapply it every 2 hours regardless if you’re in or out of the water.
  • Wear sunscreen on a cloudy or overcast day.  (Eighty percent of the sun’s rays can penetrate through the clouds.)

2.   Beauty Products

Most of us try to shop for organic fruits and veggies from our local farmers.  We shop at whole food markets that carry range free eggs, chicken and turkey.

Basically we’re very health conscious consumers always trying to purchase the freshest and purest foods our money can buy.  We all know that fresh organic food is the good for our health and our complexion.

So why do many of us still purchase our products from drug stores, outlet store and some large department store? Probably because most of the natural products lines haven’t spent their money on advertising.  They’ve used their money to make high quality products just like the organic foods we choose to put inside our body.  Below is a list of chemicals to look for in your products before your purchase or maybe the ones you already own.

  • Sodium lauryl sulfate – (SLS) is a mutagen that damages the DNA and is used in most shampoos and many other products. It becomes carcinogenic when mixed with other chemicals. SLS causes liver and kidney damage and actually dries the skin by breaking down the cellular barrier.
  • Mineral Oil – clogs pores, dissolves natural oils.
  • DEA & TEA – used as emulsifiers and foaming agents, can irritate the eyes and dry out skin and hair.
  • Methyl-and polyparaben – these chemical known to be hormone disruptors and intact parabens have been found in breast tumors. Parabens cause an overgrowth of breast cells. Parabens are used in blushes, lipsticks, foundation, eye shadow, etc.
  • Diazolidinyl urea – is a fine white powder which is used as an angimicrobial preservative in cosmetics. Diazolidinyl urea is used as a formaldehyde-releasing preservative in cosmetics and barrier creams.
  • Dibutyl phthalate – in nail polish increases breast cancer risk and causes damage to liver and kidneys and has been linked to fertility problems. Pthalates are used in antiperspirants, lotions, shampoos, moisturizers, hair spray, etc.

3.    Smoking

Cigarette smoke is highly damaging and aging to skin. When we inhale just one puff of a cigarette, over a trillion free radicals are produced in our lungs, which then trigger an inflammatory response that circulates throughout our body. When we inhale tobacco smoke, the result is activation of white blood cells which line our arteries, causing an inflammatory response, predisposing us to heart disease.

In addition, there is a tremendous inflammatory response in all organs of the body —including the skin. Cigarette smoking depletes the skin of oxygen and vital nutrients including Vitamin C, critical in keeping skin youthful, moist and plumped up. Tobacco also acts as a vasoconstrictor, which means that it causes constriction of blood vessels. This reduces local blood flow to an area, and temporarily raises blood pressure. When the blood flow is reduced to the skin it results in a gray, pallid, lifeless and unhealthy looking complexion. Smoking also causes dry, leathery looking skin, premature deep lines, wrinkles and loss of radiance.

 4.   Sleep

 Sleep is probably one of the most underrated activities of the 21st century.  Most of us are just too busy to get our recommended 7 ½ to 8 hours of sleep per night.

Think back to when your skin looked sallow and your eyes were puffy after a few nights of missed sleep.  Research has proven that chronic sleepless nights can lead to dark circles under the eyes, fine lines and lackluster skin.

When our bodies don’t get enough sleep a chemical is released and a stress hormone called cortisol is activated.  Basically this hormone causes us to gain excess body fat and helps us crave excess carbohydrates.  If too much of this hormone is produced and left unchecked it can break down skin collagen, the protein that keeps our skin smooth and supple.

If you want to continue to maintain lean muscles, build strong bones and keep your skin supple and elastic as you age I would recommend you get the 7 ½ to 8 hours a night of sleep so the body can continue to release human growth hormone at the right amounts.

 5.   Relaxation

Most of our daily schedules are filled with activities that need to be done right now.  We lead a fast paced life that revolves around smart phones, computers, Facebook, Twitter and unfortunately we’re never out of touch with the world. Over time all these activities lead to stress which causes our body to release a hormone called cortisol.  When a large amount of cortisol is released in our blood stream for extended periods of time, it is extremely toxic.

Our body is extremely sensitive to the effect of cortisol especially our brain cells. When cortisol is existing at high levels when our body our brain cell will die.   Research shows that excess cortisol can destroy our immune system, shrink other vital organs, and decrease your muscle mass, and cause thinning of the skin, accelerating skin aging and wrinkling and making blood vessels under skin more prominent.

 6.   Exercise

A good exercise routine including cardiovascular activity like dancing, running, jumping rope and fast walking etc. will improve blood flow helping to activate and rejuvenate the skin. Also, body sweat triggers production of a substance called sebum, which is our body’s own skin natural moisturizer.

People who exercise regularly enjoy improved sleep quality. They fall asleep more quickly, sleep more deeply, awaken less often, and sleep longer.

 In conclusion

Why not start your beauty regime today! Become proactive in helping your body prevent wrinkles and achieve healthy skin that glows. Start feeding your face from the inside as well as taking care of it from the outside. When thinking about nutrition consider food and skin together.  Choose natural skin products without all the chemicals and fillers. If you make these changes gradually by next summer you will not only feel better but you skin will have that youthful glow you’ve always wanted.