Skin Deep

by Des Byrne o2living
posted on September 10th 2012

Forget the $200 anti-aging creams, Botox, lasers, fillers and injections. The secret to healthy looking skin is: avoid using cleansers and moisturizers with harsh chemicals, and eat a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables.

Great skin doesn’t have to be complicated

There’s an old expression that goes: “Less is more” and in the case of our skin care, that couldn’t be truer. By the end of the day, the average person will have applied over half a dozen skin care products onto their bodies. And because our skin absorbs what we apply to it, that’s over 100 different kinds of harsh chemicals - most of which we can’t pronounce or have any clue what they do, that we are regularly exposing ourselves too. By simplifying our routines, we have can have healthier looking skin without the harsh chemicals or dyes.

1. Try using all-natural products

Turn the packaging over and read its ingredients.  When you’re purchasing products avoid words like BHA and/or BHT. Studies have linked BHA and BHT to liver, thyroid and kidney aliments and blood coagulation. Instead, opt for an only all-natural ingredient list and look for ingredients such as Aloe Vera, which stimulates healthy cell growth and repairs damaged tissue, or Apricot Kernel Oil, which works wonders on sensitive, dry or mature skin.

2. Always Use Sunscreen

The very best way, and according to the Mayo Clinic, the most important way to keep your skin healthy, glowing and radiant, is to always protect it from the sun. As side from the obvious risk of skin cancer, the sun’s harsh radiation can lead to wrinkles, loss of elasticity and age spots. Look for a sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 15. There are a variety of all-natural, fragrance-free sunscreens out there for you to choose from.

Beauty is more than skin deep

What we’re putting on our face is paramount to our skin’s health, but equally important is what we are putting into our mouths. Research has shown eating a diet high in vitamin A and vitamin C foods such as dark greens, sweet potatoes, carrots, berries and citrus, can bolster vibrant, healthy looking skin. 

It’s important to remember that beauty is more than what we look like. Feeling good about what we’re putting inside our bodies is just as important as what we are putting on the outside.

 

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