I think it’s safe to say most people don’t want to look older…and want to preserve the health of their SKIN!
Your skin is your largest organ—it comprises about 7 percent of your body weight and is your protective barrier from many dangers.
And when you understand ALL that it does for you, you realize how vital it is to take care of yours.
Here’s what you must know:
The "skinny" on your skin
You shed millions of skin cells each day through washing and abrasion. Much of the "dust" on your furniture is actually dead skin cells!
These cells are born in the second layer of your skin (the dermis) and work their way up to the surface (the epidermis) by which time they're dead.
As you shed dead skin cells, new ones immediately take their place. You "grow" a new epidermis every five to seven weeks.
Besides keeping you "packaged up," your skin is also a waterproof shield against harmful substances, and prevents bacteria or other toxins from getting in.
The biggest exception is heavy metals--especially lead and mercury. They can penetrate the skin and get into your bloodstream.
Exterior door and SO much more
In addition to being your body's "exterior door" your skin also serves these impressive functions:
1- Chemical reaction
Your skin has more than 2 million sweat glands!
Secretions like sweat and oil make your skin's surface slightly acidic. This keeps any bacteria that might be on your skin surface from multiplying too fast and posing a danger.
And melanin (your skin's pigment) forms a shield against UV radiation.
2- Call to action
Immune cells called macrophages live in the skin’s epidermis.
Macrophages wait in your skin for a potential danger. If bacteria or viruses enter your skin through a cut or tear, the macrophages launch an attack, engulfing and destroying the invader.
3- Temperature control
Your skin also has a sophisticated system to control your body temperature.
To cool you down, it releases sweat. That's why it's so important to sweat when you exercise--to prevent getting overheated.
In cold temperatures, the blood vessels in your skin constrict to retain more heat inside and keep you warm, and you get goose bumps.
4- Respond & reaction
Because it contains nerves, your skin responds to stimuli like tickles, bumps, pressure, pain and temperature.
This information is raced to your brain, which figures out if it's dangerous or not and how to react.
If a tickle comes from an ant crawling on your arm, you’ll brush it off. But if you touch a hot pan, you’ll yank your hand away fast!
5- The sunshine vitamin
Your skin is also part of your body's team for manufacturing vitamin D.
Sunlight penetrates your epidermis and causes changes in your body's cholesterol, which eventually is formed into vitamin D.
6- Organ of detox
Although your liver is your main organ of detox, your skin is no slouch.
It excretes certain kinds of nitrogen-containing waste products like ammonia and urea.
It also helps detoxify heavy metals from your body by attaching them to sulfur atoms and sticking them onto your hair shafts.
7- Cancer & wrinkle protection
Your skin produces various types of enzymes, some of which destroy cancer-causing chemicals before they can harm your cells.
Others help get rid of old collagen so that new collagen can grow. When these enzymes are healthy, you are less likely to develop wrinkles!
Here are Eight "Skin Saving Strategies" to help keep your skin strong, healthy and even more youthful:
1) Get antioxidants
Get sources of antioxidants including vitamins A, C and E, and minerals like selenium and zinc.
Not only do these nutrients help prevent free-radical damage to your skin cells, but they're essential for wound repair and healing.
Having a healthy diet and eating a variety of different colored fruits and vegetables will help provide the skin-loving nutrients you need (more on that below).
And if you're noticing little lines and wrinkles on your face, Vitamin C cream can help.
Vitamin C applied externally to the skin may help stimulate the growth of new collagen. Applying vitamin C cream to your face can help plump up wrinkles, restore skin tone and fill in small lines, giving you a more youthful, radiant appearance.
2) Get Omega-3s
Omega-3 essential fatty acids help maintain healthy cell membranes and reduce the production of inflammation-causing chemicals that can irritate skin tissues and age you.
Unfortunately, our typical diets are grossly lacking in Omega-3 EFAs. That's why a fish oil supplement like VitalMega-3 is so helpful for so many people.
VitalMega-3 gives your skin a healthy daily dose of the EPA and DHA that are highly recommended by most experts.
3) Drink water
Your entire body needs water, and that includes your skin.
Water provides moisture and carries nutrients to your skin, and it sweeps away waste products, both of which help keep your skin smooth and clear.
Look to drink at least eight 8 oz. glasses a day.
4) Quit smoking
Nothing will destroy your skin and age you faster than smoking.
Smoking accelerates the normal aging process of your skin, causing wrinkles. These changes can occur after only 10 years of smoking and are irreversible.
It causes narrowing of the blood vessels in the outermost layers of your skin. This impairs blood flow to the skin, robbing it of oxygen and nutrients.
Smoking also damages collagen and elastin - the fibers that give skin strength and elasticity. As a result, your skin can sag and wrinkle prematurely.
5) Enjoy Italian food!
A study conducted at the Poona College of Pharmacy in Maharashtra, India reported that basil protects you from premature aging!
The flavonoids in basil inhibit free radicals from causing damage to your body--including premature aging of your skin.
So go ahead and enjoy your favorite Italian dish!
6) Get fiber
We all know fiber helps keep you "regular" but it also helps your skin.
Fiber binds with toxins in your bowel and eliminates them from your body. If these toxins aren’t eliminated and re-enter your bloodstream, they can penetrate skin cells and cause irritation, rashes, itching and more.
7) Have a healthy diet & sound digestion
To have great skin (and health in all your other organs too!), you HAVE to eat real foods that give your body the nutrients and fiber it needs and help encourage efficient elimination of wastes.
The Great Taste No Pain system will show you all you need to know.
Great Taste No Pain explains the health harming effects of the Standard American Diet –you’ll be shocked to see all the ways your diet affects your body (including your skin).
It also shows you the foods to eat (and which ones to pair together) for better digestion and elimination of wastes, and gives you a collection of delicious recipes to enjoy.
Now if you have gluten issues, Great Taste No Gluten is for you instead.
You’ll get the same food pairing guidance as Great Taste No Pain, plus a collection of scrumptious gluten free recipes and guides for staying gluten free.
8) Eat skin-loving foods
Here are 14 superstar skin-loving foods:
- Bell peppers
- Sweet potatoes