Everyone wants to look younger, longer. No matter how comfortable you are with aging, the fact is that we really just don’t want to show it, we want to age gracefully, and we want to make our best to last as long as possible. What I have seen in every article about skin care for deals mainly with the surface of your skin, not treating the underlying layers. Your skin is the largest and fastest growing external organ in your body, and formed of three layers. The epidermis, or surface layer, is where new skin cells are constantly growing and replacing one another. New cells form at the bottom of your epidermis, and gradually push to the surface. The second layer is called the dermis, where sweat and hair follicles form. In the dermis oil glands also produce* and excrete toward the surface. The last layer is the subcutaneous fat layer which, just like it sounds, forms fat and protects* your blood vessels and nerves. The subcutaneous fat layer is often misunderstood. This is the layer where you can age proof your Skin by forming healthy subcutaneous cells.
In order to truly care for your skin as it ages you must approach the skin as a complete organic whole organ and not just treat* the surface with creams and miracle* chemicals. Most of the creams you purchase have chemical chains too long to be absorbed into the dermal layer and you are simply treating the epidermis which will shed in a few days. Your skin forms 30 to 40 thousand new skin cells every single day and sheds just as many! In order to treat* your skin holistically, one needs to realize the simple fact that everything you are: hair, skin, nails, bones, etc. are made up of the foods you eat. If your diet is based on consuming foods designed to feed your skin you will be treating from the subcutaneous fat layer out and not just layering creams on the surface. Follow the simple steps listed for immediate improvement of your skin. Deep, profound, long lasting changes in your skin texture and tone will be noticed within 28 days.
1. Hydrate. Everyone knows this, but they really don’t do it properly. Drink water and nothing with sugar including processed fruit juices. Conventional wisdom has you drinking 64 ounces of water a day. If you want profound change you should do that in pure water and as much more as you can. Water feeds and plumps* your skin from the inside out so you want to literally have it coming out of your pores. Yes, you will pee a lot. Great looking skin or potty breaks? You choose.
2. Eliminate* processed sugar. Remember everything in your body is made from what you eat and sugar is definitely not on the hit parade. Sugar changes cell growth patterns and the way your cells metabolize energy. If your diet is anything like the Standard American Diet (SAD) you are consuming processed sugars and simple carbohydrates that convert immediately into glucose.
3. Eat unprocessed dark green leafy vegetables at least four servings a day. Filled with calcium and vitamin C, dark green leafy vegetables are also loaded with antioxidants to help environmental damage. All your calcium needs responsible for strong hair, nails, bones and glowing skin can be met through including servings of dark leafy greens a day. You can also add Spirulina into your morning smoothie.
4. Eliminate* hydrogenated oils. Hydrogenated oils are designed to be shelf stable. What that means for your body is that the oils will not break down and get processed into omega 3’s and omega 6’s. It also means that whatever hasn’t formed into fat cells has to be eliminated in some way and will come out through the largest organ of your body. If your skin is both dry and greasy you are both dehydrated and fat-saturated. The correct moisturizer is not the solution.
5. Consume healthy fats like pure coconut oil, nut oils, olive oil, avocados, nuts and seeds. These oils will plump* the subcutaneous fat in a good way (read: don’t make you fat) and naturally excrete through your pores. Another positive benefit is that these good fats will raise your metabolism. Consume them in moderation and you will discover their weight loss* properties as well.
6. Eat a rainbow of colors for the other four (at least) vegetable servings. Orange, red, blue, purple and yellow will make your skin glow from the inside out. Eat whole foods high in Vitamins A, Vitamins C, and Vitamins E, polyphenols and micro nutrients and minerals as well as calcium rather than popping a supplement. Vitamins are more bio available through food than pills. Make sure to include berries, peppers, citrus, carrots, pomegranate, kiwi and papaya for a little added skin nutrient boost*.
7. Eat your grains whole and unprocessed so they are filled with antioxidants, coenzyme Q10 and flavonoids. Whole grains, legumes, pulses, nuts and seeds will fill your protein needs without adding animal proteins. Make sure you are consuming complex carbohydrates not their simple (same thing as sugar) cousins.
8. Eliminate* conventional animal products. You are everything you eat and conventional animal products are loaded with growth hormones and antibiotics. If you cannot imagine eliminating them entirely then reduce* significantly and make sure everything is as organic as you can find. Make sure all seafood is wild and all meat pastured and grass fed. You will see the difference in your skin and body quickly.
9. Add a healthy sweat regimen into your daily activities. Sweat opens your pores from the dermis and allows impurities to exit naturally.
10. Stress less* through mindfulness meditation, yoga or breathing exercises and regular sleep patterns. Stress will have an adverse impact on your skin and can make skin conditions like acne worse. If you feel stressed and can’t relax your facial muscles rub the muscles between your eyes slowly while breathing deeply.
Taking care of your skin is just like taking care of any other organ in your body. If you just treat* the symptom rather than the underlying reason you are going to continue having the long term problem. While nothing is going to “cure*” aging, taking care of the underlying health of the largest organ in our body is fundamental to increasing* our complete health. Your skin acts as a guidepost for how your whole system is functioning. If your skin is aging badly, changes are the rest of you isn’t faring too well either. Healthy food and lifestyle choices are the best way to age proof your skin.
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