Healthy skin is an important part of overall wellness for people over the age of fifty.
Simple methods can be used to help skin look much better and be healthier.
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), with its extremely important objective of the easy elimination of waste from your body.
If you improve the ability of your pores to eliminate, not only will your skin look much better but your entire system will be healthier.
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
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.
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.
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 seven action-steps for better skin:
1. Eat Ample Amounts of Fresh Produce
Eat ten servings of fruit and vegetables (well, mostly vegetables) each day – this provides fiber for healthy bowel elimination as well as antioxidants to scavenge for skin-damaging free radicals.
Experiment until you find a way of eating that your own body experiences as anti-inflammatory. An anti-inflammatory diet means waking up in the morning with good color and taut skin (on the other hand, an inflammatory diet means waking up with the bloats, puffies, blothces and dark circles.)
When your face is fresh and healthy, you look energized at work.
On the other hand, when you look like you’re having a mild allergic reaction to something you ate, then you also look drained, tired and older than your years.
Remember, inflammation is bodily tissue reacting to irritation, usually because of the day’s diet.
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2. Be Serious about Hydration
Drink ½ your body weight in ounces of water daily. A 140-pound person should drink 70 ounces of toxin free water each day.
3. Move Daily
We need exercise and to perspire in order to flush the toxins from our lymph system.
…my wife and I have a rule that we will not put anything on our skin that we wouldn’t eat”
4. Dry Brush the Skin on Your Body
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!pores must remain open for skin to function effectively as an organ Click To Tweet
5. Moisturize from the Inside
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.
(Note from Dane: I noticed an improvement in the quality of my skin when I increased my intake of healthy fats, from pasture-raised bison, raw grass-fed butter, and MCT oil. It was the first time in my adult life I intentionally ate more fat, and I was stunned to discover that it made more of a difference than anything else I had tried previously. I’m not saying it’s for everybody, but it has been working good for me, especially when combined with a lower intake of carbohydrates.)
6. Supplement Smartly
Supplement with quality food-based multivitamins and minerals because our bodies need the trace minerals for optimal nutrition and to rid the body of toxins.
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
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.
These 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