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Everyone ages. To think that you can stop the effects of time on your skin is a silly thought and one that causes people to really overdo it on the cosmetic surgery, injections, and skincare fads font. Everyone has some sort of skin concern, whether it is dryness, excess oil, dark spots, or acne. One of the easiest ways to help your skin age gracefully and appear its best is through your diet. Diet is just as important as the other components of your skin regiment, which should definitely include daily sunscreen use, a gentle cleanser, and quality facial oil and other products that are specific to your skin type and skin needs.
Did you know that acne, psoriasis, dry skin, rosacea, fine lines, wrinkles, and dull skin could all be partially linked to your diet? What you put into your body will eventually show up on the surface. While we’ve talked about the importance of lycopene, protein, vitamin A, C, and E, omega-3, and sufficient water intake, there are a few other key players that you need to include in your diet to keep your skin looking its best.
Biotin is a water-soluble vitamin that is critical for the enzymes in your body that are responsible for fatty acid metabolism. While very few people are truly deficient in biotin, eating biotin-rich foods is important to help protect your skin against environmental damage and moisture loss. Your skin cells are actually the first ones to exhibit symptoms when biotin levels are low. Fortunately, biotin-rich foods are common and delicious. Egg yolks, romaine lettuce, Swiss chard, almonds, and walnuts are all good sources of biotin.
Sulfur is a highly important mineral for skin health and overall wellness. A sulfur deficiency has been linked to many inflammatory and degenerative diseases, as well as the breakdown of collagen in our skin, which leads to wrinkles and premature signs of aging. Sulfur is also necessary to the synthesis of glutathione, which is one of the most important antioxidants. Remember that antioxidants play a critical role in fighting free radicals, which are one of the leading threats to our skin. Foods like kale, garlic, onions, Brussel sprouts, egg yolks, fish, and poultry are excellent sources of sulfur.
Selenium is a powerhouse antioxidant that helps to ward off inflammation and free radicals. Acne has been linked to low-levels of selenium. Oxidative damage on the skin can appear in the form of visible signs of aging and a dull complexion. A diet rich in selenium will help your skin fight off environmental damage and boost your skin’s radiance. Brazil nuts, fish, spinach, chicken, and turkey all contain this important antioxidant.
Zinc deficiency is unfortunately a common one. Zinc plays a critical role in supporting our immune system. It has healing properties, which benefits damaged skin. Acne has also been linked to low-levels of zinc in the body. Our skin needs all the help it can get since it is constantly exposed to the elements and an abundance of free radicals. You want zinc on your side! Oysters and other shellfish, pumpkin seeds, chickpeas, cashews, mushrooms, spinach, and chicken all contain this valuable mineral.
The great thing about eating a healthy skin diet aside from the amazing effects it will have on your skin is that the foods your skin craves are also incredibly important and valuable for the rest of your body. The sooner we realize how important diet and nutrition is to our health and wellness, the sooner we will be feeling, performing, and looking our best. It is far easier to eat healthy now and take care of your one and only body than to try and fix the damage later.
Healthy skin requires love and care from the outside as well as from the inside. We can protect our skin from the harmful rays of the sun with mineral sunscreen and the sufficient application of it. We can reduce the appearance of fine lines, soothe red and irritated skin, clear up blemishes, hydrate parched patches, and promote a dewy radiance with the use of natural and essential oils and high quality serums and creams. We can treat our skin to HydraFacials and spa treatments. We can even implement homeopathic home remedies to help our skin look its best. But if your diet and habits are bad, it is likely that your skin will reflect your poor choices.
A healthy diet is crucial for a healthy life. Our systems require certain vitamins, minerals, and amino acids to function properly and this also includes our skin; the largest organ in our body and the one that protects us from all of the external elements. Think of your skin as your body’s shield on top of it being the physical part of yourself that you present to the world. What goes into your body will eventually reveal itself on your surface.
In the book Feed Your Face, Dr. Jessica Wu offers a few simple insights into the types of foods we should be eating in order to help keep our skin looking younger, smoother, and more radiant. The following foods are also great for the rest of your body too!
Tip one: Eat a variety of color at every meal. The more colorful your plate is with natural foods, the more likely your meal is healthy and well balanced. Three colors in particular that are quite valuable to skin health however are red, yellow, and green. Red, specifically tomatoes are high in the antioxidant lycopene. Lycopene is great at fighting free radicals, which contribute to skin damage and early signs of aging. Yellow and green vegetables such as arugula, kale, spinach, and squash are also free radical fighters and can help to reduce the breakdown of collagen. A good rule of thumb is that the darker and brighter the color is the more nutrients it has.
Tip two: Make sure you are eating ample protein. Eating a diet rich in protein is essential for the absorption of amino acids, which come from protein. These acids are key in collagen production. Collagen is what makes your skin strong. Amino acids are also important for the elastic issue in your face. Lack of amino acids will result in lack of strong and supple skin. It is important to remember that protein comes from far more sources than just animals. In fact, plant-based protein is much healthier and more environmentally friendly. Good sources of plant-based protein are lentils, black beans, peanut butter, wild rice, chickpeas, chia seeds, spinach, and steel cut oatmeal.
Tip three: Eat omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin A, C, and E rich foods. Omega-3 fatty acids are critical for strengthening your skin. Foods like sardines, chia seeds, flaxseed, and walnuts are very high in omega-3. Juice Plus+ also recently released a new attention to their line of whole food nutrition, an Omega Blend, that is packed full of all of the omegas! Vitamin A and E are antioxidants that will help your skin’s defense system against free radicals and reduce the signs of premature aging. Almond butter, sweet potatoes, carrots, and cantaloupe are all full of vitamin A and E. Vitamin C works wonders for collagen production. Make sure to eat plenty of bell peppers, strawberries, citrus, kale, and broccoli to keep your skin plump and supple.
Tip four: Hydrate. Divide your weight by two and that number is the number of ounces of water that you should be drinking on a daily basis. Every system in your body requires water and your skin is no exception. Drinking sufficient water will not only help to flush out toxins, but it will also help to keep your skin hydrated and glowing.
Here are some more delicious additions to your diet that will benefit your skin:
- Olive oil
- Dark chocolate
- Green tea
- Red wine (1/2 to 1 glass)
- Sunflower seeds
We’ve spent the last couple of weeks talking about different types of natural oils and how and why they are beneficial to the overall health and appearance of your skin. We’ve also touched on how omega 3, 6, and 9, when applied topically, can help protect, heal, revive, and ease the effects of time on your skin. But did you know that natural and essential oils also have a wide range of other uses and benefits? We though it was befitting to share you with some surprising ways you can incorporate essential oils into your every day life.
Essential oils and your body
- Alleviate a headache. A mix of peppermint, eucalyptus, and lavender oil does wonders for a headache. Place these oils behind your ears, on the back of your neck, on your forehead, or underneath your nose.
- Boost your immune system. Oregano oil is a natural immunity booster.
- Cure nausea. Ginger, in all of its forms, is one of the best cures for nausea.
- Detoxify your body. Taking a bath with Epsom salt mixed with rosemary and juniper oil is a great detoxifier.
- Eliminate germs. A mixture of equal parts cinnamon, clove, eucalyptus, lemon, and rosemary combined in a spray bottle with water is a delicious way to de-germ.
- Free your airways. If you are feeling congested in your head, sinuses, and or chest, rub some eucalyptus and lavender oil mixed with a carrier oil like coconut oil on your chest, temples, or underneath your nose for relief.
- Loosen up muscles and joints. A hot bath with Epsom salt and eucalyptus, sage, and basil oil will soothe sore muscles and joints.
- Reduce a fever. Adding equal parts of sage, frankincense, and peppermint, eucalyptus, pine, or rosemary to a warm bath will help ease a fever.
- Take the edge off menstrual cramps. Massage into the abdomen and then cover with a warm compress for fifteen minutes one part sage, basil, or rosemary oil with a carrier oil to reduce the severity of cramps.
Essential oils and your mind
- Promote total relaxation. Add chamomile, lavender, or bergamot oil to your bath to induce a state of relaxation.
- De-stress. A few drops of basil, grapefruit, or peppermint oil into a candle or oil diffuser is a wonderful way to help unwind at the end of the day.
- Remain alert. Any combination of sage, lemon, peppermint, lemongrass, basil, or frankincense oil will help to keep you alert when you are studying, working, or driving home after a long day.
- Brighten your mood. Lavender, rose, ylang ylang, chamomile, and orange oil all help to lighten up your mood.
So, not only can natural oils help to promote healthy and radiant skin, but they can also help to alleviate some of our most common aliments. Nature is truly awesome.
As with most things in the world of consumerism, there are so many choices. There are choices that relate to varying qualities and sources of ingredients, price range, personal preferences (taste, smell, look, feel, et cetera), and choices based on expert reviews and recommendations. In the world of health and beauty products, the choices can be particularly overwhelming. Fret not though. We have done the research for you and by consulting expert reviews from Allure, Vanity Fair, The Independent, and Total Beauty, we have put together the most highly recommended and reviewed facial oils on the market right now.
The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil (acne-prone skin)
Caudalie Divine Oil (oily skin)
*Josie Maran Argan Oil (ant-aging)
Darphin Chamomile Aromatic Care (sensitive skin)
Herbivore Phoenix Cell Regeneration Facial Oil (discolored skin)
Kate Somerville Dilo Oil (firming)
Jurlique Skin Balancing Face Oil (intense hydration)
Tatcha Gold Camellia Beauty Oil (light hydration)
Tarte Cosmetics Maracuya Oil (combination skin)
*Desert Essence Organic Jojoba (all skin types)
Top recommendation for skin blissful blends:
*Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate
Caudalle Polyphenol Overnight Detox Oil
Philosophy Back to Nurture Deeply Replenishing Oil
Lalicious: The Oil
Physicians Formula Argan 2-in-1 Argan Oil with Coconut Water Primer
*These oils have been personally tested and approved!
Some of these oils are pricier than others, but most of the time you only need a few drops, so a bottle should go a long way. Once you find the right oil for your skin type and skincare needs, you will never go back to the days of not using a daily and or nightly facial/body oil. There are oils that are beautifully scented and others that are scentless. There are ones that are light and quickly absorb and others that are ideal for bedtime. There is literally a face oil out there for every skin type and skincare need. The sooner you start properly caring for your skin, the better off your skin will be in the long run. Putting your best face forward has never been so easy!
As we approach the holiday season (it’s official now that Thanksgiving has been eaten), there comes a moment when we begin thinking about the presents that we will buy for those special people in our lives. For some, this is a quick and easy task, but for others it can be daunting and stressful. Whatever your gift buying style is, it really comes down to finding something that is thoughtful, within budget, and something that that specific person will be surprised and happy to have been given.
Fortunately, Parker Dentistry Facial Rejuvenation and Wellness isn’t just your ordinary dental office. We offer a wide range of products and services that would make unique, thoughtful, practical, and exciting gifts for a variety of different types of people who might be on your nice list this year. Let us help you make this shopping season easy! And who knows, you might even decide to treat yourself to a little something too!
Skincare Product and Service Guide
Clarisonic: This compact, yet powerful cleansing device will change the way you take care of your skin. The Clarisonic product line offers full sized and mini facial cleansing devices for both men and women. The rotating brush head is suitable for all skin types and will leave your skin significantly cleaner compared to just washing your face with your hands. Those who have incorporated the Clarisonic into their daily skincare regiment found that their skin felt softer and smoother and appeared more radiant. It is the most effective way to remove impurities, oils, sweat, and makeup, while treating yourself to a spa-like experience in the comfort of your own bathroom.
ColorScience: ColorScience is a line of 100% mineral based cosmetics and skincare products. Without trying to sound biased in any way, once you go ColorScience you may never go back to the cosmetics you were using before! These nutrient-rich products not only leave your skin with a polished and flawless finish, but also are beneficial to your skin. ColorScience doesn’t use any harsh oils, alcohol, talc, fillers, dyes, fragrances, or chemicals in their products. Instead, you will find luxury grade powders, bronzers, illuminators, correctors, foundations, and sunscreens with antioxidants, peptides, and vitamins. Parker Facial Rejuvenation and Wellness carries an extensive line of ColorScience products for all skin types.
MDSolar Sciences: One of the most detrimental, aging forces against our skin is the sun. One of the best ways to protect your skin and prevent premature aging is to ensure that you using sun protection on a daily basis. Not all sunscreens are created equally though. MDSolar Sciences has created a line of all natural, mineral based suncare products. We carry a tinted crème, which is for sensitive skin too. The formula is silky, lightweight, and waterproof. You can be assured that adding this daily sunscreen to your skincare regiment will not only help protect your skin against the harsh and damaging rays of the sun, but will add a flawless and radiant effect to your skin.
Lano Pure Cosmetics: Lano Pure Cosmetics is another line of all natural cosmetics that we carry in the office. The lip glosses and lip sticks contain medical-grade Lanolin, which does wonders for your lips. For this holiday season, we have the perfect red lipstick! We also carry their Fiber Lash mascara to help enhance lash length and volume by up to 30%.
HydraFacial MD: If you haven’t tired a HydraFacial yet, you are missing out! The HydraFacial MD is a service that we offer and all personally enjoy. The HydraFacial MD treatment is great for all skin types and helps improve common facial concerns like fine lines, wrinkles, elasticity, skin tone, skin texture, hyperpigmentation, congested skin, enlarged pores, and advanced skins of aging. The process is a real treat for your skin, and during this busy time of year it is the perfect opportunity to sit back and relax for an hour in our quiet and cozy spa room.
We offer gift certificates for all services including teeth whitening and facial rejuvenation services and products.
Feel any holiday shopping inspiration yet? Talk to Honi or Ivonne the next time you are in the office about this incredible range of facial products. We even gift wrap! Stay tuned to see what else we have in store to help you get through this holiday shopping season with ease.