Beautiful Skin at Any Age, Really!

We have all heard the saying, “you are what you eat”. Well, this tiny pearl of wisdom is true for everyone and their skin. The desire to have healthy, beautiful skin makes perfect sense. Your skin is the largest single organ of your body. It is the first line of defense against disease and invading elements, and one of the first things people will notice. It will look run down, dull and weathered if not well maintained. We have all heard the expressions, “She is the picture of health” or “She is just radiant” or “She has that glow”. I have often admired women who look radiant and belie their age, so much so that I chose skin care and esthetics as my career. I have studied and practiced and have found that certain factors make a huge difference.

There are definite ties between nutrition and health and healthy skin. There are glow factors everyone should put into practice. Glow factor #1 for healthy skin, is a healthy diet and skin-nourishing supplements. Every woman needs a good multi-vitamin with iron (Centrum and Arbonne make great supplements.). In addition, you will need to add Calcium, Vitamin D-3, Fish Oil, Resveratol, Glucosamine, Biotin and Collagen vitamins to keep your skin nourished and supple. Healthy skin dietary needs are pretty basic. Eating healthy simple proteins like salmon, egg whites and grilled chicken twice a day is a great place to start. However, the bulk of your diet should include large amounts of vegetables like spinach, sweet potatoes, carrots, asparagus and squashes. Vitamin A is a great building block for healthy skin, so carrots and yams should be incorporated often. You also need 2 – 3 fruits daily, like apples, berries, grapes and tomatoes to keep you healthy and vital and to fill you with the anti-oxidant boosts your body needs to combat disease and aging. Eating walnuts and pecans in small amounts daily (4 – 5 pieces) will increase omega-3 and moisture levels. Eating avocado twice a week will do the same.

Morning routines are important: take the time to stretch, to limber up and get circulation going. In the mornings, drink 1 cup hot water with lemon. This is done for cleansing. Wait 10 – 20 minutes after your hot lemon water, then eat breakfast. Make the effort to get in the habit of having a whole fruit or melon slices or berries and probiotic yogurt for breakfast. After-dinner desserts are okay, but opt for sugar-free or Splenda kinds. Ice milk is a good choice (Milk has an acid to break down fats.). Desert fruits are great! So many delicious ones, like strawberries dipped in 1 tsp. of honey or splenda. Glow factor #2: Hydrate! Drink 60 – 75 oz. of water daily. Supplement your beverages with iced tea and hot green tea: these boost metabolism and your antioxidant levels. Glow factor #3: Clean your skin out, SWEAT! Cardio for 20 – 40 minutes a day will keep your skin clean and pores healthy. Glow factor #4. Sleep! Sleep is your body’s time to repair. You should sleep 7 – 8 hr. nightly. If you have trouble sleeping, try melatonin, which is non-addictive and healthy.

Last but not least, you should have an AM and a PM skin regimen. Clean skin is essential. Your skin has the ability to rid waste, take in oxygen and absorb nutrients. Therefore, skin care products are important and some are very affordable, like vitamin E oil. Rub it into your face and neck after you shower once a week as a mask, leave on 15 minutes, rinse with cool water and pat dry, then follow with your normal skin care regimen. Always use an eye cream. It should be used AM and PM, It should be moisturizing, not fragranced and easy to apply so that it does not cause pulling of the skin around your eyes. Another staple you need to use is a vitamin C-enriched moisturizer in the AM, followed by a sunscreen that is made especially for faces. Clinique City Block is great at $14. At night you should use a cleanser, toner, eye cream and moisturizer. Use a retinol twice a week (at night before you moisturize) then sleep in it.

If you can, book a monthly facial. If not possible, do your own. Beginning with a facial scrub (Nutogena is good) thouroughly clean using small circular and upward motions, rinse with warm water. Next, massage with an oil free lotion for oily skin or olive oil for dry, Remove massage product with warm wash cloth. After massage, hold your face over steaming water for 5-10 minutes, then add a mask for your skin type, Clay masks for oily skin, vitamin E or hydration masks for dry skin. Finish with a toner, moisturizer and eye cream. These are simple affordable ways to get beautiful, glowing, healthy and great Skin! http://vampire.gamunity