7 Simple Tips For Healthier Looking Skin

If you’re like me, you have made lots of mistakes in the past when it comes to caring for your skin. Who thinks about wrinkles, bags under your eyes or melanoma when you are 16? I did it all, tanning beds and no sun screen to get that perfect tan. As a farm girl, life guard and softball player, I spent more time in the sun than ……… Now that I’m older and much wiser, ha! I’ve learned the importance of caring for the largest organ in our body, our skin!

That’s right, our skin is the largest organ and it is extremely permeable. That means, anything you put on it, expose to it or soak enters directly into your blood stream.

Here are 7 things I have incorporated into my life to improve the appearance of my skin:

1 - Water - hydration is so important, not just for your skin, but for your overall wellness in general. Water aids in digestion, circulation, absorption and even excretion. Easy rule of thumb is you should drink half your body weight a day in water. If you add caffeine (coffee), add 8 oz. of water per cup you drink on top of half your body weight. Skin is an organ, just like any other part of your body and that means it is made up of cells. And cells are made up of water. Without water cells will not function properly, it’s just that simple! If your skin is not getting the sufficient amount of water, you may experience your skin appearing dry, tight and flaky. Dry skin has less resilience and is more prone to wrinkling

2 - Rest - You heard it, Sleep! Rest is so important for our overall health and for our skin. Most Americans don’t get enough sleep. The recommended sleep for adults is 7-9 hours per night. Not getting enough sleep can not only leave you tired and cranky, but is also important in boosting your immune system, Healing damaged cells, recovering from your day’s activities and recharging your heart and cardiovascular system.

3 - Supplements - There are a host of supplements out there on the market you can take and it can be a bit overwhelming to say the least. You just need to find what works for you. Try something for 30 days and journal about your results. Decide if you notice a difference and make a decision from there. Be in tune with our body and listen! Most Americans do not get all of the vitamins and minerals they need on a daily basis from the foods they are eating, so it may be necessary to take additional supplements. I take on a regular basis a multivitamin, NingXia Red, Multigreens and Collagen. Other Vitamins that are important to get for healthier looking skin are Vitamin A, C, D & E.

  • Vitamin A - This vitamin that also functions as an antioxidant can be found abundantly in foods like sweet potatoes, carrots, spinach, and mangoes

  • Vitamin C - You’ll get plenty of vitamin C if you eat citrus fruit, bell peppers, broccoli, strawberries, tomatoes, brussels sprouts, and many other greens. The reason why vitamin C is important for your skin is that it helps create collagen (I’ll take about below). Vitamin C is also a well-known antioxidant, protecting the skin from free radical damage.

  • Vitamin D - also known as the “sunshine vitamin”, because we get vitamin D from the sun. Natural sources of vitamin D are mushrooms, fish, and eggs.

  • Vitamin E - Another antioxidant that can be found in foods such as nuts, seeds, vegetable oils, and plenty of fruits and vegetables.

  • Collagen - Collagen is the layer of protein underneath your skin. It is vital in providing your skin strength and elasticity. As age, the body produces less collagen, which means wrinkles are more likely to form.

4 - Sun Protection– Sun protection can come in many different forms. It includes limiting your exposure to sun, wearing sunscreen and also wearing protective clothing and/or a hat. https://www.cancer.net/navigating-cancer-care/prevention-and-healthy-living/protecting-your-skin-sun

5 - Healthy Fats – Omega 3 and healthy Saturated and MonoSaturated fats (coconut oil, avocado oil, olive oil). I have incorporated coconut oil, avocado oil and olive oil into my daily cooking. One of my family’s favorite meals is grilled salmon. Halibut is another great option. I also take a daily Omega 3 Supplement. Check out this article for more ways to feed your skin well.

6 - Say no to Sugar - Sugar and artificial sweeteners reek havoc on your skin and the rest of your body. Check out my blog on Sugar, It’s more addictive than cocaine. For skin purposes, sugar breaks down collagen. Yep, that layer we just talked about providing strength and elasticity to your skin. So you can add all the collagen to your diet, but if you aren’t going to make changes to the amount of sugar you consume, you will be destroy everything you’ve tried to build up and repair.

7 - Choose quality skin Care Products - Skin care products are crucial. One statistic I’ve read is that the average woman applies over 300 chemicals a day to her body just through soaps, makeups, shampoos and hair care products. Eighty of those products are applied every day before breakfast. A few of the ones you should be made aware of are Parabens, Synthetic colors, fragrances, phthalates, tricoslan, Sodium laurel sulfate, formaldehyde, Propylene Glycol and Sunscreen chemicals (benzophenone, PABA, homosalate). A little over a year ago, I came across a safe Savvy Minerals makeup. It is a mineral based makeup that is made with high quality naturally derived ingrediants. I also have been using Young Livings Skin Care line for more than 2 years.

Lisa McQuillen