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Natural Secrets to Glowing Skin

Tips for HealthySkinThis summer

This summer has been a scorcher, the ground is dry, and grass and plants are wilting.  What steps can you take to ensure your skin remains vital and glowing through the summer months.

There are many factors that affect skin health long term, from uv exposure, hormones, nutrition and hydration.  Try these tips to help your skin glow this summer.

  • Eat healthy fats – fats play a huge role in the lipid bilayer found in our skin so nourish  skin by consuming healthy fats, especially omega 3 fatty acids.
    • Food sources of omega 3 fatty acids include: sardines, wild salmon, flax and chia seeds.
  • Antioxidants – Foods rich in vitamins C and E, carotenoids, anthocyanidins, and other antioxidant phytochemicals can help combat the oxidative changes that result in skin damage or again.
    • One of the most well researched group of antioxidants is the anthocyanidins found in dark red fruits (berries, cherries, plums, and prunes).
  • Stay hydrated – A study published in Journal of Biological Chemistry skin contains 64% water, that’s a huge reason to keep stay hydrated, especially in warm weather.  I always use an analogy of grapes vs. raisins when I discuss cellular health, it’s easy to relate because no one wants cells like raisins they want plump healthy cells like grapes.
    • Women should strive to consume 2L of water per day, and men 2.5L, not including additional water that may be needed after exercise or if you work outdoors.
  • Exercise – In addition to the cardiovascular and endocrine benefits of exercise, there is increased circulation to the skin which promotes oxygenation of the tissues and improved lymphatic drainage.
    • A practice to include in your daily routine is dry skin brushing – use a natural bristled brush, and stroke skin lightly from extremities to the heart. 

For more tips on keeping healthy this summer, contact me at the Armstrong Clinic for Naturopathic Medicine – 519-426-4275

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