The skin is one of the most powerful indicators of health. Wrinkles, dry or oily skin, acne, and inflammation all are signs of poor internal health, often brought on by consuming unhealthful foods and avoiding skin-healthy nutrients. To treat skin problems, most people turn to mainstream topical cosmetics, including lotions, soaps, scrubs, toners, and creams. However, treating outer blemishes with expensive, chemical-laden beauty products does little to address the root cause of the problem: poor nutrition and exposure to toxins in dietary and personal care products.
“Your skin is the fingerprint of what is going on inside your body, and all skin conditions, from psoriasis to acne to aging, are the manifestations of your body's internal needs, including its nutritional needs,” says Dr. Georgiana Donadio, founder of the National Institute of Whole Health.
Recent research has shown that the skin reacts particularly well to certain vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that nourish the skin, making it appear youthful and healthy. The following nutrients are among the very best to consume for healthy, young-looking skin:
Acne light therapy
For as long as teenagers have started sprouting spots that make them think they are ugly and less attractive to the opposite sex, scientists, soothsayers and teenagers alike have been attempting to come up with a cure for acne. Pimples, zits, spots, bumps, whatever you want to call them, acne is the scourge of every teenager, and in some less common cases, people on into their adult lives. While there are a whole range of treatments for acne on the market these days, it is unclear whether any of these treatments actually cure or prevent acne, whether they soften acne’s effects until the teen can grow out of the acne phase, or whether they do nothing at all except make the acne sufferer feel like they are taking proactive steps. Holistic medicine practitioners have even gotten in on the acne fix bandwagon. One of the treatments they suggest is called acne light therapy.
Acne light therapy is just what it sounds like – the exposure of acne sufferers to daylight, or lasers, light-emitting diodes, fluorescent lamps, dichroic lamps or very bright lights of certain wavelengths in order to abolish the red bumps known as acne. Acne light therapy, as you can see, has no firm proven method, but proponents have pointed to the success of acne light therapy when using different types of lights. Proponents of acne light therapy also point to the fact that sunlight has long been known in old wives’ tales to be a cure for acne.
ScienceDaily (Nov. 15, 2007) — The old adage “you are what you eat” not only applies to our overall health and nutrition, but how our skin looks and feels as well. As the largest organ in the body, our skin can benefit from the same nutrition we get from foods that have a positive effect on our heart and other major organs. In fact, new research suggests that eating foods rich in protein and certain vitamins and minerals might provide valuable anti-aging effects.
Speaking November 8 at the American Academy of Dermatology’s SKIN academy (Academy), dermatologist Susan C. Taylor, MD, FAAD, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University in New York, N.Y., and clinical assistant professor of dermatology and associate faculty of the School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pa., discussed the importance of eating nutritious foods for optimal skin health and how foods can aggravate common medical skin conditions.
“While there’s no mistaking how our diet affects our overall health, we’re just beginning to understand how certain foods – or lack thereof – can impact our skin’s health,” said Dr. Taylor. “In addition, studies show that some food and beverages can even worsen common skin conditions and cause allergic reactions that manifest on the skin.”
Those falling leaves aren't the only things getting dry this fall. Just take a look at your skin. To help prevent that alligator look this winter, take steps this fall to get your skin into shape after the summer sun and water exposure have depleted precious moisture and nutrients. Realtors have a favorite line “location, location, location”. Dermatologists have their standard fall and winter mantra “moisturize, moisturize, moisturize”. Here are helpful tips to keep in mind to make the most of your moisturizing experience:
- Don't Over Bathe
Time was when dermatologists used to tell those prone to horribly dry skin to bathe just once a week. Can you imagine? This myth continues to surface periodically. Nothing could be farther from the truth. What you do need to understand is that whenever you take a bath or shower, as the wash water evaporates from the skin, it takes valuable moisture from the epidermis with it leaving skin vulnerable. What you can do is cut down on the frequency of daily bathing (yes, there are people who through either personal hygiene habits or their jobs bathe more than once a day) and make sure you follow some of the other rules below. Towel dry very well, consider a product like Aquis Body Towel so that you get this bath water off your skin before evaporation has the opportunity to leave your skin dehydrated.
- Add Bath Oil
If you like taking a bath, one way to help hydrate your skin is to add bath oil into your water. It's luxurious, helps leave the skin feeling quite smooth and some contain aromatherapy ingredients to create a relaxing mood, something we just can never get enough of. Robathol Bath Oil and L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil are great options. Bath oils also come in therapeutic formulations. For anyone prone to psoriasis, Balnetar Therapeutic Tar Bath is one of those can't live without items from September through May. The tar helps alleviate much of the itching and flaking while the oil base helps hydrate dry cracking skin. A note of practicality when using any bath oilthey make your tub slippery! For those of you who would rather not bathe than get into the tub, nothing says you cannot apply splash some oil onto your skin while you shower.
- Carry Extra Hand Cream With You
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Best Acne Treatment
Ayurveda has several treatment methods for yauvan pidika with the promise of long-lasting results. Ayurveda attacks the root cause of the disease. This is achieved by the intake of a proper nutritive and balanced diet. There are many more home remedies that Ayurveda prescribes for yauvan pidika. Given below are some of them.
(i) Applying jamun (Syzgium cumini) seeds rubbed with water on the pimples will reduce the growth of the pimples.
That is the reason why men's skincare market has been growing steadily. Men are also alarmed when they notice brown spots, sagging skin, puffiness and fine lines around the eyes, age spots, and many other unlikely signs of aging. They also intend to stay younger looking and feeling.
If you are a man and you want an ideal facial skin tightening cream, you could try out age defense active facial fluids. This facial product specifically for men works in four major ways: soothes the skin to reduce inflammation and redness; lower skin damage particularly age spots; eliminate roughness caused by the environment; and repair skin damages.
Acne is a common skin disease that is characterized by a variety of lesions: comedones (whiteheads and blackheads) papules (raised red areas), and pustules (raised skin eruptions filled with pus). Acne is most often found on the forehead, nose and cheeks, but body acne is also possible, and the legs, back and shoulders can be affected. Acne generally starts during adolescence and fades considerably during the 20s or 30s, but occasionally, someone can pass through adolescence unscathed and develop acne in his or her 30s or 40s.
The exact cause of acne vulgaris (the word acne comes for the Greek word for peak, and vulgaris means common) is not known, but an increase in hormonal activity, e.g., during puberty or menstruation, common skin bacteria, stress, and sebaceous glands (small glands under the skin) that are producing too much sebum (a thick secretion of fat and dead skin) may all contribute. There is likely no single cause for acne, but many factors, and there are many other explanations for why it occurs.
Frequently Asked Questions Q: Does Olay Regenerist Micro Dermal Abrasion Work?
A: The Over The Counter microdermabrasia product from Olay Regenerist works for some people and doesn't work for others. There are many satisfied consumers who say that Olay Regenerist product does make their skin look younger and feel smother. However, there are some unhappy consumers who say the kit is either too aggressive, causing them skin irritations and break-outs, or not very effective in removing fine scars and wrinkles. The only way to find out if the product works for you is to try to get a free sample and test the formula on your face.
Q: How Is Micro Derma Abrasion Different From Glycolic Acid?
A: Glycolic acid is used as a light chemical peel. It removes the uppermost layer of skin. Light chemical peels and microdermabrasia are both non-invasive procedures that can also be performed at-home with special consumer kits. Neither has any major risks or side-effects and both have limited effectiveness. They can help diminish or even remove superficial scarring and wrinkles, age spots, stretch marks and uneven skin texture. For deeper skin imperfections, you may need a more invasive procedure.
Q: How Safe Is Having Micro Derma Brasion If I Have Psoriasis?
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Relief RX Psoriasis Treatments
Relief Rx Psoriasis Treatments are medicinal, all natural balneotherapy (bath therapy) treatments made with a base of Dead Sea salt and specifically formulated for effective relief of the symptoms of Psoriasis.
Each complete Relief Rx Psoriasis Treatment Program includes 12 individual 2.2 lb. (1 kg.) pouches, perfect for one therapeutic bath. Simply tear open the plastic pouch and pour into your tub. It is recommended that these psoriasis treatments be used 3-4 times a week. Relief Rx is also available in individual 2.2 lb. bags, sized for use in a single bath.
Caring for your skin involves more than improving your appearance and looking younger. Playing a far more dramatic role, your skin is vital to your overall health and well-being. The skin is the largest organ of the human body. It holds moisture, protects internal functions and filters toxins. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the average adult has a total of about 20 square feet of skin, including 19,000,000 skin cells per square inch. Producing these cells involves the top skin layer, called the epidermis, and the lower layer, or the dermis. Both of these can be greatly influenced and maintained by supplements.
Vitamins are crucial to skin health. The most beneficial are C, E, D, A, K and the B complex, especially B3-niacin and B7-biotin. These B vitamins help form healthy skin cells, and a shortage can lead to rashes, flushing and inflammation. Vitamins C and E are effective in preventing and reversing the harmful effects of sun damage. Vitamin C also fights age-related skin damage, such as “liver spots,” by working in the lower, dermis layer. Vitamin A aids in producing healthy skin cells of the mucous membranes that line the nose and mouth. Vitamin D supplements are crucial for people who are not able to gain it through sunlight. Vitamin D is necessary for the production of calcitrol, which in turn controls the proliferation of skin cells that lead to skin cell disorders, such as psoriasis. Vitamin K supplements can help reduce circles under the eyes and are most efficiently used topically on the skin rather than internally.
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