Naturopathy Way to Skin Care - Healthy Diet, Essential Vitamins, Foods to Avoid

The Naturopathy Way to Skin Care

Dr.Uma Shankar Sharma profile Authored by Dr.Uma Shankar Sharma on 6 Jan 2015 - 16:05.

Skin is the body's largest organ, and virtually the only organ that you can see and realize what you'd look like without skin? The skin also excretes many wastes from the body.  That's what sweating does, in addition, to automatically cooling you.

Naturopathy theory holds that rashes, pimples, eczema and illnesses like chicken pox or measles are attempts by the skin to clean itself out.  This idea will never cease to come up when we talk of nature's way in health. The body cleanses itself of toxins, foreign chemicals, poisons and eliminates wastes.

Ill effects of cosmetic products:

There are many products available in the market that claims to make your skin beautiful and healthy. However, most of the products use strong chemicals and prolong use of such products are not recommended. Though chemical-based skin-care products may show radical improvement, the negative effects of such products, come to the fore later.

Skin care:

Home remedies for healthy and beautiful skin are more effective in comparison to chemical based products, is a fact. One of the basic routine method of skin care is regular cleansing, toning, exfoliating and moisturizing. It is essential to protect your skin from pollution, dirt, sun and excessive cold temperatures. For a glowing skin, following a healthy diet plan and having regular lifestyle is by far the best.

Skin cleansing and applications: Cleaning the face regularly is very important to remove dirt and pollution from the surface of the skin, so that the skin pores can breathe easily. Raw milk is one of the most effective cleansers. If you have oily skin, add few drop of lemon juice for effective result. If your skin type is dry, add few drop of honey it will make your skin smooth and supple.

Tips for a healthy skin:

  • Exfoliation of dead skin cell is very important because it clogs the natural breathing of skin, leading to a dull and tired appearance. Using a mild exfoliator, applying and rubbing it gently all over the face and neck, washing it with lukewarm water, in a moment will make the skin get a healthy and glowing appearance.
     
  • Moisturization: After cleansing and exfoliating, moisturizing the skin is very important. For oily skin, water based moisturizer is recommended. Applying aloe vera gel or rosewater makes the skin soft and supple. For a dry skin, applying honey with ripe banana for 15 minutes and washing it off with lukewarm water and then applying a good moisturizer helps to hydrate the skin externally. Drinking plenty of water helps to retain hydration and balance of the skin internally.

Internal treatment for a healthy skin

Just as lifestyles and diets reflect through our bodies, so does a healthy skin. Apart from regular skincare routine, there are several other factors which can affect how our skin appears which are:

  • Exercise: Regular exercising not only does well for the entire body’s wellbeing but also reflects the good health through the face. It improves blood circulation, makes us energetic and leaves our skin looking radiant and healthy. It tones up our skin and reduces the sagging of skin.
  • Diet:  “You are what you eat” is an adage. If your diet is laden with fat, chances of you having acne and breakouts could be higher. Conversely, a diet rich in minerals and vitamins helps improve the skin health. Vitamins A and C regenerate skin cells, producing collagen which firms the skin and counters against free radicals. Vitamin A can be found in foods like cod liver oil and broccoli, while citrus fruits are rich in vitamin C. A balanced diet ensures all the nutrients required for the body.  A skin that is sufficiently hydrated will be supple and is less likely to develop fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Lifestyle: Stressful and hectic lifestyles take its toll on our skin. When stressed, the brain releases stress hormones which will in turn lead to an increase in oil secretion on the skin. Clogged pores can lead to acne formation.
  • Sound sleep: Skin cells repair themselves while we are asleep. Sleeplessness deprives the skin of this time and reflects as dull, lifeless skin. Adopting some stress relief techniques  can help relieve mental and physical stress. Studies have also shown that habits like drugs and smoking are bad for skin. Smoking prevents oxygen and nutrients from getting to the skin and breaks down the supply of collagen which helps maintain the elasticity of the skin. Smokers are more likely to have dull skin that is more prone to sagging and wrinkles.

Healthy Skin Applications (External):

1. Mix 1/4 cup of milk, 2 tablespoons of sugar, then dip a cotton ball and apply the milk all over the face and neck. Leave it for a while; then rinse the face. This brings a glow to the face.

2. Make a paste by mixing a table spoon of oatmeal with turmeric and sugar. Then gently massage the paste on your face. Leave it for 2 to 3 minutes and rinse it off. The skin acquires a smooth and refreshing appearance.

3. Vinegar can work wonders for smelly feet and armpits. Mix water and vinegar 50/50, and use it as a deodorant, to keep away the unpleasant sweat smell, without any irritation. As for your feet, if you suffer with athlete’s foot, a week of vinegar foot bath will help a lot, sometimes completely getting rid of your condition.

4. Fresh tomatoes are great for the oily skin. (Please do a patch test by applying some tomato juice on your arm first, as your skin may be sensitive to it). Rinse thoroughly immediately after using the tomato juice.

5. The sun triggers hormones which causes dark spots. Prolonged exposure to the sun leads to dry skin and wrinkles. Use sun protection cream when out in the sun.

Follow these simple tips and look beautiful from inside out, which is long-lasting and healthy.

Healthy Diet (for inner health):

  • Green Tea: Green tea contains antioxidants which fight the effects of harmful free radicals. It protects the skin from the damage of sunlight radiation that causes 90 percent of premature aging signs.
  • Carrots: Carrots are very good for skin. Consuming 1-2 glasses of carrot juice or 4-5 carrots on a daily basis provides the vitamin A for a healthy young looking skin and fights acne and blemishes. It contains vitamin C and potassium also good for skin.
  • Lemon Water: is excellent for skin care. Lemon is a natural antiseptic medicine that helps to cure many skin related problems. Lemon is rich in vitamin C which rejuvenates the skin from the inside and brings a healthy glow.
  • Water: Drinking plenty of water all day long (drink at least 3 liters of water) flushes out nasty toxins.
  • Salmon: contains omega-3 fatty acids, which reduce inflammation in the body, protects the skin against sunburn and skin cancer. Eating salmon regularly improves skin texture, adds shine to the eyes, skin, hair and nails.

Essential vitamins for a healthy skin:

Researches have shown a strong relationship between nutritional intake and skin health.

Vitamin A strengthens the protective tissue of the skin and prevents acne.  Recommended dosage to fight acne is 10,000 IU.

B-Complex maintains healthy skin tone, relieves anxiety and stress vital for healthy skin by improving circulation and metabolism. It is important in the functioning of your immune system and your antibody production.

Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant and is considered vital in wound healing because it aids in stabilizing collagen, also prevents the appearance of "broken blood vessels".

Vitamin E provides antioxidants that have anti-inflammatory effect on the skin. When applied topically, vitamin E is known to improve moisturization, softness and smoothness and sunscreen protection.

Zinc helps to fight acne, which may be a symptom of zinc deficiency. Zinc control the production of oil on the skin and hormones that create acne.

Foods to Avoid:

  • Protein containing foods like sausage and beef.
  • Foods which contain the bad fats which are the trans fatty acids.
  • Avoid eating French fries, raisins and any full fat dairy products. Partially hydrogenated vegetable oils and fats are mostly found in junk food.
  • To maintain good skin, avoid alcohol and caffeine too.

 

 

 

 

*Disclaimer: This is not medical advice. The content is for educational purposes only. Please contact your doctor for any health care issues.