Better Health Naturally

by Vicki Moser, CTN

Healthy Skin

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Do you know what your largest organ is?  It is your skin.  This is the time of year that we become more aware of our skin, because we tend to show more skin in the summer.  How should you properly care for your skin?  Does it even matter what you put on your skin or how much time you spend in the sun?

            Did you know that you drink through your skin?  Anything you put on your skin will end up inside your body!  I am a big proponent of reading labels before you eat or drink anything.  It does matter what we put into our bodies.  But, most people do not realize that that includes ALL cosmetics.

            Unfortunately, drug companies do not have to do safety studies for all of the chemicals they put in “products” for the skin and hair.  They somehow get a pass on this entire category of chemicals.  There are chemicals that are banned by the EPA in water and air and if a manufacturing plant is polluting the water or air with them they are fined and possibly shut down, but horrifyingly, these same chemicals are found in cosmetic products.

            As with everything you consume, the more natural the better.  Shop for products that use plant products vs. chemical products.  Take vitamin A and vitamin C supplements to build up the skin so that you do not burn easily in the sun.  Gradually expose your skin to the sun in the spring, staying out a little longer each time, to build up the pigment in the skin for a protection.  NEVER allow yourself to burn.  A burn is always harmful.  If you must be out all day only expose your skin for a limited, but increasing time each day and then put on more clothes and wear a hat.  In other words use some common sense.

            Remember to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and consider using olive oil for a suntan lotion instead of petroleum products.  And. Of course, HAVE A BLAST THIS SUMMER! 

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Written by cosmicallybeffudled

March 17, 2008 at 3:56 pm

Posted in skin

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