It’s no secret that all the potions and lotions that claim to have the essence of youth bottled up into fancy packaging are backed by dollars and stressed out individuals looking for their next raise. So the question isn’t whether these work or not, but rather if there are less expensive and perhaps more natural options for us out there?
As a nutritionist, I am passionate about sending a message of healing from the inside out. So when we look at ageing, why is so much time being spent on lathering our skin up with expensive creams and toners? Let’s instead, look at what we can do to help our body’s age more gracefully and start tackling this from the inside out.
Get on board with these 3 skin savers!
1) Fish oils and other omega 3 fatty acids: If you don’t take these than it’s time to get on board. Fish oils and other sources of omega 3 like avocado, coconut oil and nuts and seeds have the ability to slap inflammation in the face and send it packing.
According to the University of Maryland a deficiency of omega 3 in the diet can lead to not only dry, unhealthy skin but also poor memory, mood swings, poor circulation and possibly even heart problems.
2) Parsley: In many cases, skin can look weathered, have acne and look red and patchy due to the inability of the liver to clear toxins from our bodies quick enough. Since the skin is our largest organ and partially responsible for removing junk from our body it can become overwhelmed when other organs are burdened. Supporting the liver, our bodies built in filtration system can work wonders on our complexion.
Add parsley to your smoothies, consider steeping it in hot water and drinking as a tea or add to your salads to liven up your liver!
3) Remove the toxins: Not only do I feel strongly about keeping poor quality “foods” like processed white sugars and flours at bay, but also being weary of the chemicals we put on our body. Next time you apply your deodorant or shampoo your hair or rub lotion into your dry hands look at the ingredients list. Can you recognize or pronounce any of those names? That’s what I thought! These chemicals enter our skin (remember it’s an organ) and get stored in our tissues. Many of them are known carcinogens (cancer causing) and endocrine disruptors (mess with our hormones).
Instead choose products that are all natural. My favourite new deodorant is PennyLane. It’s made from baking soda, coconut oil and essentials oils and works like a charm! Coconut oil is a wonderful skin moisturizer and apple cider vinegar will leave your hair looking shiny and new.
Bottom line: Don’t be fooled by catchy marketing campaigns and pretty packaging. Educate yourself about what is going into your body. You get once chance to do it right, one chance to age gracefully.
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