and helping your skin to look better
is to allow your skin to breathe!
Here’s how to do it.
Most people don’t think of their skin as an organ but it actually plays a significant role in the elimination of toxins. The big idea with skin is to help it, not hinder it (as most people do), with its extremely important objective of the easy elimination of waste from your body. If you can do that, not only will your skin look much better but your entire system will be healthier!
Help Your Skin Look Better: 7 Tips for Healthier Skin
The liver is responsible for 2/3 of the body’s purification and elimination activity. The remaining 1/3 is shared by:
- the skin
- and intestines
The pores must remain open for the skin to effectively function as an organ. Having clean, open pores helps your skin look better!
We need to shed dry skin on a daily basis and not clog up the pores with creams that have synthetic ingredients or potions that are laden with petrochemicals.
The pharmaceutical industry makes transdermal patches for estrogen and smoking-cessation products because the skin transports them into the body.
“…my wife and I have a rule
that we will not put anything
on our skin that we wouldn’t eat”
(This article is written by Dane Findley and Jim Harris ~ Jim is a Nutritional Consultant and graduate from the American Naturopathic Medical Institute who recognizes that our bodies have the innate capability for self-healing — especially when the correct information and energy is supplied in combination with the correct food, supplements and herbs.)
With this in mind, my wife and I have a rule that we will not put anything on our skin that we wouldn’t eat because whatever we put on our skin is being absorbed internally. For example, sodium lauryl sulfate is an emulsifier in many skin creams that could have all kinds of possible health risks as it is absorbed into the body.
Fortunately, there are effective ways to take great care of your skin that don’t involve applying chemicals to it! Here are your 7 action steps for better skin:
Healthy Skin Tip #1: Eat
Eat 10 servings of fruit and vegetables each day ~ this provides fiber for healthy bowel elimination as well as antioxidants to scavenge for skin-damaging free radicals.
Can green smoothies help your body get leaner and your skin look younger? Discover the powerful and transforming effects of freshly made green smoothies by subscribing to our free Longevity e-Newsletter at the bottom of this page.
Healthy Skin Tip #2: Drink
Drink ½ your body weight in ounces of water daily ~ A 140-pound person should drink 70 ounces of toxin free water each day.
Healthy Skin Tip #3: Move
We need exercise and to perspire in order to flush the toxins from our lymph system.
Healthy Skin Tip #4: Brush
Dry skin brushing involves using a dry brush daily before showering to stimulate the lymph system and remove excess skin cells. You’ll see your skin look better after even just one dry brushing!
Healthy Skin Tip #5: Moisturize
Oil your skin from the inside ~ add healthy dietary oils to the diet like coconut oil, avocado oil, and olive oil as well as a balance of the essential fatty acids (EFAs).
Healthy Skin Tip #6: Supplement
Supplement with quality multivitamins and minerals because our bodies need the trace minerals for optimal nutrition and to rid the body of toxins.
Healthy Skin Tip #7: Soak
Epsom salts and baking soda baths can be a great way to open skin pores and allow metabolic acids to leave the body and rehydrate the skin.
Turning Your Own Grooming Regimen Up-a-Notch
Optimize your life! Our Longevity e-Newsletter is designed to provide you with the accountability you need to make improvements in how you manage your time, energy and nutrition. Every two weeks, subscribers receive a short, new strategy. And, it’s free. Sign-up at the bottom of this page.
We humans get ourselves into ruts. For example, just try to get a man to shave his face differently (most do it incorrectly)! It’s very hard for a fellow to shave in a new way when he’s been doing it the same way his whole adult life. And so it is with making any other improvements to one’s grooming regimen. It takes discipline and tenacity! How important is improved skin and health to you? Important enough to modify your existing regimen?
I often say that one of the challenges of aging is that each year our daily grooming regimen takes longer than the year before (remember when you were 19 and could just roll out of bed in the morning without a care in the world or a concern for your skin? Hah!). This is just part of the natural seasons of life. Our own care and feeding must be more thoughtful the older we become.
I invite you to leave your comments or questions below. The above skin-improving strategies seem like a lot of things to do but remember that these principals are also reducing the risk for diseases. Optimal internal health will manifest itself with a robust and healthy skin glow, helping you to look energized and taking years off your appearance.