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03 October 2009 :: 00:10:17 am 2510

Recommendations For Healthy Skin

General Skin Health And Natural Vitamins To keep your skin in tiptop condition, looking and feeling healthy, use a mild skin cleanser every day. Many of the new skin cleansers on the market are phosphate-rich, containing glycerin, triglycerides, sunflower seed oil, ceramides and soy; all of which will replace some of the natural fatty acids that inevitably become washed away, during the day.
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Age is a crucial factor, young skin naturally has a high fatty acid content, but as age takes its toll, you lose these valuable elements, especially of you are on medication, particularly to reduce cholesterol, making the use of cleansers, rather than normal soap, essential.

Dry Skin Treatment
During high winds or in the winter months, when your skin becomes dry, don’t assume that you have to automatically exfoliate. This will further rob the skin of its natural barrier. Instead, use gentle moisturizers, containing sodium PCA, phospholipids, glycosphingolipids and silicones to restore the skin barrier.

The Dangers of Over-Exposure To The Sun.
In Thailand, the sun’s ultraviolet rays represent a constant threat to your skin, even in rainy weather. The effect of this is to age your skin, especially around the eyes. This is made worse as you get older because the collagen content in the skin changes, reducing the skin’s ability to retain water. To counteract this always wear a sun block, eye cream and use products high in vitamin C, which not only boost collagen, but also have antioxidant qualities.

Natural Vitamins and the Skin
Commercially available multivitamins are all well and good, but they are no substitute for a healthy diet and in some cases can be positively harmful. Nature‘s way is so much better and has provided a wealth of products which will enhance general skin health, without filling your system with elements it doesn’t need. These are some readily available sources of natural vitamins and other essential skin foods.

1. FLAXSEED OIL. High in omega-3 fatty acids, naturally boosting cell resilience and acting as internal moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated, as well as moistening the fatty layer beneath the skin. Take 1 to 2 tablespoons per day, essentially raw in a salad dressing that also contains lemon and garlic.

2. APPLES. Nature’s natural source of fibre and pectin, which not only helps the digestive process, but also crucially limits the quantity of fat absorbed by the body. Ideally, go for organic apples that haven’t been sprayed with harmful chemicals so that you get to eat the peel. The peel is rich in quercetin, a powerful antioxidant that decreases inflammation, redness and the sensitivity of the skin.

3. EGGS. Egg yolks are a fantastic source of sulphur, a beautifying vitamin that works to clean the liver, clear the skin, and make it more vibrant. They are also a good source of skin-nourishing antioxidants. Eat one or two organic eggs per day, preferably free-range and fertilized.

4. SALMON. This fish is great for problems of dry, itchy skin as it decreases moisture loss due to its high omega-3 essential fatty acid content. Eat at least two meals of 3.5 to 4 ounces of fresh salmon a week.

5. CRANBERRY. This fruit tones the blood vessels, due to its high flavonoid content. It will also reduce the overly red-faced look that comes with rosacea and acne. Drink 1 ounce of unsweetened cranberry juice diluted in 7 ounces of water once or twice daily.

6. LEMON. This citrus fruit is super-rich in vitamin C, actually four times as much as oranges. It is a fantastic detox agent as it enhances the working of the liver and kidneys; the cleaner your system, the clearer your complexion. Dilute the juice of half a lemon with water, and drink once after getting and once before going to bed.

7. YOGURT. This natural source of essential pro-biotics prevents the formation of pathogens and yeast in the gut and helps stop skin blemishes. Eat up to a cup daily of plain, unsweetened yogurt, preferably with active live cultures.

8. ALMOND. This nut is super-rich in magnesium, which calms both the skin and system. Regular use will decrease irritability, anxiety, and tiredness. Use between seven to 10 daily as a snack.

9. OLIVE OIL. This is both a marvellous internal and external lubricant and also nature’s healer. It also contains antioxidants to aid the skin’s suppleness and freshness. Go for a tablespoon daily of extra-virgin olive oil, either added to your cooking or as an ingredient in salad dressing.

10. SWEET POTATOES. Another rich source of vitamin C to increase the integrity of the skin, collagen production, and beta-carotene, which nourishes the subcutaneous fat. Eat one to two sweet potatoes a week with cinnamon.

11. SPINACH. This vegetable is rich in vitamin C and also contains iron.

12. CABBAGE and other four-leafed, cross shaped vegetables are rich in vitamins A, C, and E and help relieve

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Health

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