Keeping Your Skin Young

Nourishing your body from within, will make a difference in the way your skin looks & ages.

Keeping Your Skin Young

The biggest mistake made while dieting is cutting out essential fatty acids (EFAs). Essential fatty acids not only support the cardiovascular, immune, reproductive & nervous systems, they enable the body to create new cells, repair the damaged cells & get rid of toxins. A recent research says that EFAs are not only effective against dry skin but are also pivotal in weight loss.

New skin cells are constantly formed to replace old or damaged ones, but if we deprive the body of the right nutrients while dieting, the skin starts to lose its ability to renew these cells. It also loses moisture & elasticity. Just when you start fitting into those 'small' size outfits, your skin starts looking dull & dry.

Cosmetologist, Dr Mohan Thomas says, "The best way to keep your skin soft & supple is to give it the right nutrients, then protect it with a shielding lotion that significantly reduces the loss of natural oils & moisture." The body naturally makes a protective layer on the skin to prevent outside irritants from harming the skin and to keep natural oils & moisture locked in to avoid aging and dry skin.

Environmental toxins, soaps & chemicals take their toll on our skin every day. In addition to feeding your skin from the inside, you also have to protect it from the outside. A shielding lotion replenishes the protective layer of the skin and allows your skin to use all the good nutrition to produce glowing skin - the perfect complement to your toned and healthy body.

Diet plays a major role:
Diet plays an important role in maintaining the health of your skin. Your nutritional diet will consist of liberal quantities of seeds, grains & nuts, vegetables, fruits, skimmed milk, vegetable oils, yogurt, honey & yeast.

The vitamin power:
If your skin is unusually dry & rough, you are probably lacking vitamin A. B group vitamins help to keep skin beautiful. Vitamin B1 aids skin health while B2 or riboflavin deficiency can lead to brown pigmentation and oily skin. Severe deficiency of riboflavin causes the skin under the nose and at the corners of the eyes and mouth to crack and become sore. The antioxidants in vitamin C help form collagen and protein that bind cells and tissues together.

The trick:
Brewer's yeast is very important. Even someone with great skin will see improvement after taking. Take a tbsp of yeast stirred into citrus juice or water after each meal, between meals, and before retiring. Citrus foods play an important role in keeping your skin looking young.

Manage stress:
Stress can make your skin more sensitive and trigger problems like acne breakouts. Set reasonable limits, scale back your to-do list and make time to do the things you enjoy. The results may be more dramatic than you expect

Be gentle:
Limit bath time: Hot water and long showers or baths remove oils from your skin. Limit your bath or shower time, and use warm, rather than hot water.
Use mild soaps: Avoid strong soaps that can strip oil from your skin. Instead, choose mild cleansers with minimal fragrance. Pat dry: After washing or bathing, gently pat or blot your skin dry with a towel so that some moisture remains on your skin. Moisturise dry skin: Find a moisturizer that fits your skin type and makes your skin look and feel soft. Apply your moisturizing cream immediately after bathing and towelling dry. This will seal in the moisture. For your day cream, choose one that contains zinc oxide and provides SPF30 or more protection. Baby oil can also be used to moisturize the skin.
Cleanse well: Very often, your skin looks superficially clean; but it's really not. Dirt & dust particles hide in the pores of the skin and clog sweat. Proper cleansing not only removes all the make-up which accumulates during the day, but also stops the oil-secreting sebaceous glands from getting clogged. Go for a neutral ph face wash.

The Times Of India
26 October 2011