Commercials and magazines have led us to believe that super models, Hollywood actresses, and TV stars are the images of what healthy skin looks like, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.
Now, I am not saying that none of those people have healthy skin, because some of them actually do, but many times, it is makeup and lighting, that makes someone look “that” good. So what is healthy skin and how do I get it?
The University of Washington School of Medicine states:
Your skin is much more than an outer surface for the world to see. It protects you from bacteria, dirt and other foreign objects and the ultraviolet rays of the sun, and contains the nerve endings that let you know if something is hot or cold, soft or hard, sharp or dull. Your skin also plays an important role in regulating your body’s fluids and temperature.
Healthy skin is smooth, with no breaks in the surface. It is warm (not hot or red) and neither dry and flaky nor moist and wrinkled. Healthy skin is a mirror of a healthy body.
Healthy skin truly does come from within. That is why here at Balancing Point, our motto is “Beautiful Inside & Out.” It is because we understand the correlation between what is on the inside, will show on the outside.
Now don’t get me wrong, we are not the type of people that do not use any makeup or skin care products. On the contrary, here at Balancing Point, we are all for makeup and skin care products, but there are many products out there that are very harmful to your health and skin.
When it comes to skin care and makeup, Balancing Point is a huge fan of the company called Beautycounter because they do not use any harmful chemicals or ingredients in any of their beauty products. But we also know that when it comes to beauty, aka, clear, healthy, glowing skin, we know that what you put on your body, although very important, isn’t as important as to what you put in your body.
Healthy Skin from Within – The Best Natural Skin Care Products
(hydration and eating right, but those are almost zeroed out if your gut bacteria is out of balance)
The best natural skin care products are water, water, water, organic vegetables, fruits, nuts, and meats. Lets first talk about water first.
1) Proper Hydration
Hydration refers to increasing the amount of water in skin cells and naturally, dehydration happens when the skin lacks water. In fact, many people think they have dry skin when in fact they have dehydrated skin. We compared this process to a juicy grape in a previous article; when a grape is plump, the skin of the grape is tight. However, if you leave this same grape out in the sun for some weeks, the result is a very sad wrinkled raisin.
According to H.H. Mitchell, Journal of Biological Chemistry 158, our skin is made up of 64% water. Our skin also has the ability to regenerate, in which new, live cells can rise to the surface from the epidermis. However, the epidermis requires moisture and a lack of hydration can disrupt this process.
Your skin is the largest organ of the body, and when the skin is hydrated, not only does it look more youthful but it gains a great deal more elasticity which allows it to avoid sagging and retain shape in general. With this in mind, many studies suggest that up to eight glasses of water is necessary for adults on a daily basis.
Not All Water is Created Equal
It must also be known that not all water is entirely good for the skin and water filters are excellent contraptions which can be used as a solution. Of course, there are also different types of water filters, with some being used for drinking water and others being used to filter water for your showers. Either way, these filters are known to remove bad elements from the water and provide only the purest water for your health and skin.
2) Proper Diet – Healthy Diet for Better Skin
While skincare products can greatly enhance the appearance of skin, there is simply no substitute for healthy eating and healthy habits. Have you seen someone who eats a lot of processed foods and sugars? Their skin usually looks oily and has pimples or even a case of full acne.
The American Academy of Dermatology did a report on several studies done about the link between diet and acne. They reported that high-glycemic index foods could worsen acne. And you guessed it, processed foods like chips, cookies, donuts, especially white powdered donuts (my husbands favorite), cinnamon rolls (my own Achilles heel), and all those Little Debbie snacks, are all processed foods.
Also, anything that is made from white flower; white bread, biscuits, hamburger and hot dog buns, white pasta, of all shapes and sizes, pretty much anything from fast foods, all of these are considered processed foods. All of these foods, when broken down in the body, cause a huge spike in your insulin levels, and that is why they are considered high-glycemic index foods.
Now I know what you are thinking to yourself, “You just named more than half of the typical America diet.” Look, we are not saying you can’t ever have these foods, trust me, my family and I eat them on occasion, and in moderation, because let’s just face it, they all taste delicious.
Also, know that when my family and I started really learning, researching, and asking questions about what living healthy is all about, we didn’t just eliminate those foods, all at once, on the contrary, it took some time. If we would have it all at once, we, especially my husband, would have gone crazy. We had to find a balance in our lives as we continued our journey on healthier living and eating, hence the website’s name, Balancing Point.
The American Academy of Dermatology report goes on to say:
The strongest evidence we have to date, of a link between diet and acne, comes from the glycemic index studies,” said Dr. Bowe. “These studies show that low-glycemic index diets may improve acne. The consumption of high-glycemic index foods appears to trigger a cascade of responses, which can lead to acne through effects on growth hormones and sex hormones.
Consuming a diet consisting of processed foods, sugars, and unsaturated fats, usually comes with a diet that is also low in fiber and, can more than likely lead the body to develop a resistance to insulin.
If your body develops a resistance to insulin, diabetes can be a real risk, and during this condition, the insulin prevents glucose from getting into blood cells which disables them to some extent. Although most people already know this about an unhealthy diet, much more are unaware that the resulting reaction with protein fiber in the body has a very damaging effect on the skin.
In other words, eating a healthy diet can greatly enhance the condition of your skin.
I do want you to know that eating healthy doesn’t mean you have to give up taste. There are many, many foods that are good for us that taste delicious as well, and there are some, that with the right spices and other ingredients, can taste amazing.
In one of my previous articles, I go over in detail, some of the best foods to eat for clear, healthy, glowing skin. Certain foods like dark chocolate (not milk chocolate ladies), or wine, when consumed in moderation, can really help you in developing healthy skin from within, and they are delicious as well.
So now I hope you have better understanding of how healthy eating can have a huge effect on the health and appearance of you skin, now let’s go over some healthy habits, with some healthy skin care tips.
Healthy Skin Care Tips
Our environment, like the climate we live in, can have an impact on our skin. Stress can be a huge factor when it comes to the health of your skin. There are also some really key things to avoid as well. Below, we have some healthy living tips for you.
Protect Your Skin from the Environment
- Sunscreen – Skin is extremely vulnerable to the sun and sunscreen should always be applied and reapplied whenever necessary.
- Clothing – Again, if you happen to be in a sunny location, wear protective clothing to avoid any overexposure to the sun.
- Midday – If you find yourself in an unusually hot location, stay out of the sun for the mid-afternoon at which point the sun mentioned above is most potent.
- Use Moisturizer – As already mentioned, the skin requires moisture and moisturizer is a sure way to give your skin the best opportunity to shine and replenish when necessary.
Don’t Take Yourself so Seriously
- Stress – Anxiety, and stress can have a dreadful impact on skin and visiting a doctor can be the first step toward reducing this impact.
- Exercise – exercising is a natural way to release stress in you body; this doesn’t have to be P90 X thing, it can simply be a brisk walk or some basic calisthenics 3x a week for 15-20 minutes
- Laugh – Laughter is another stress reliever; watch a comedy every now and then, besides, laughter is one of the strongest and most natural aphrodisiacs…I’m just saying 🙂
Stop Using these Right Away
- Cigarettes – Recent studies show that smoking is one of the most harmful habits when it comes to the skin.
- Tanning Beds – Dr. Susan Evans who is a healthy skin and beauty expert, on the Doctor Oz Show, says, “Tanning beds are not safe. Both UVA and UVB rays cause cancer. Tanning beds often exceed “safe” UV limits, despite the claims of the salon.”
- Tanning Sprays – The active chemical used in spray tans, dihydroxyacetone (DHA), has the potential to cause genetic alterations and DNA damage, according to a panel of medical experts who reviewed 10 of the most-current publicly available scientific studies on DHA for ABC News.
The Essential Skin Care Routine
When it comes to the essential skin care routine, before getting into the actual steps of the routine, you have to first figure out what type of skin it is that you have. Everyone’e skin is different and although the basic skin care routine will be the same, the products used, may be slightly different for each skin type.
There is dry skin, which is usually flaky, scaly, or rough. There is oily skin, which is shiny, greasy, and many times accompanies large pores. There is skin that has the combination of both dry and oily; dry usually in the cheek areas for example, and oily on the forehead, nose, and sometimes even the chin. There is sensitive skin that may sting, itch, or burn after applying sunscreen, makeup, or other skin care and beauty products. And last but not least, you have normal skin, which is balanced, clear, and not sensitive.
Knowing the type of skin you have, is more than half the battle. Another part of the battle, is having a skin care routine, and then having the discipline to do it daily.
3 Easy Steps to Build Your Essential Skin Care Routine
1) Cleanse Morning and Evening
2) Repair or Rejuvenate
Healthy Skin Care Products
Skin care products come in all shapes and sizes, from lotions and creams, to oils and cleansers, to soaps and moisturizers. However, the standard of these products will vary, and the results are always different from one to the next. Also, when it comes to the quality and standard of ingredients that companies choose to go into their products, this also is very different from one company to the next. It is crucial to choose the right skin care products, those that do not contain any harmful chemicals or ingredients, and are actually healthy for you and your skin.
Did you know that the European Union has band over 1,300 chemicals and ingredients that are allowed to go into cosmetic and beauty products since 2003, and during that same time the U.S. has only banned less than 30? There is a reason why these countries have banned these ingredients, but why hasn’t the U.S? I have my opinions, but that will have to wait for another article.
Another reason people need to be aware of what goes on their skin is because of Dermal Absorption. Dermal (percutaneous, skin) absorption is a global term that describes the transport of chemicals from the outer surface of the skin both into the skin and into the systemic circulation. Dermal absorption can occur from occupational, environmental, or consumer skin exposure to chemicals, cosmetics, and pharmaceutical products.
And don’t even get me started on nano particles. These particles are 2,000 times smaller than red blood cells, are now being used in many skin care, cosmetic products, and sunscreens, yet we still don’t understand the full ramifications of what they can do to the body. Below is a quick video to give you a visual on how small a nano particle is. It has no sound to it, but the visual really puts it into perspective.
That is why I cannot stress enough about knowing what chemicals and ingredients go into making the skin care product that you use on a daily/weekly basis. Take Beautycounter for example, this wonderful company in the United States makes a point of avoiding any harmful ingredients or chemicals in their excellent range of products. In fact, Beautycounter has a mission statement to “get safer products into the hands of everyone” – something which can only be a good thing for your skin and health.
What is Healthy Skin and How Do I Get It?
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To Beautiful Inside & Out,