Skin Health Green

Skin, the largest organ in our body, is the only protection between our delicate insides and the harsh outside world.  It shields us, detoxifies us, cushions us and informs us about the environment.  It is an express indicator of our bodily health and wellness.  After repeated exposure to harsh winter environs this crucial organ is desperate for rejuvenation and renewal.  Without proper care, sallowness, blotchiness and dryness manifest in choice places, leaving us hesitant to wear skimpier summer clothing.

Our skin has innate renewal mechanisms that break down and become dormant as we age.  The best way to kickstart your skin’s latent healing process is through exfoliation. One way to exfoliate is through the use of a dry, natural bristle body brush before you shower.  Gently yet briskly brushing your skin from the soles of your feet to the nape of your neck helps bring blood and crucial nutrients to the skin’s surface, enhancing appearance and detoxification.  Salt and sugar scrubs are a fragrant, emollient alternative to dry-brush exfoliation.

Second in importance to exfoliation is moisturizing.  It is imperative to choose an affordable, healthy moisturizer to help prevent any further aging from becoming visible on your skin.  At 1.5 to 2 square meters, you will need a liberal amount of moisturizer to cover your skin’s surface area. Alba’s Very Emollient Body Lotion is a gentle, healthy alternative to chemical-laden drugstore moisturizers, and comes in bulk sizes, making it economical, too. Nut and vegetables oils such as Coconut, Olive or Safflower may be used in lieu of body lotion.  Apply your natural moisturizer from feet to neck and massage well.  Don’t miss an inch!

After you exfoliate and moisturize, you must protect your investment.  Apply a chemical-free sunscreen to all exposed areas 20 minutes before going out in the sun to prevent any future damage from occurring.  Alba Sun makes a great Titanium Oxide based sunscreen that is chemical and preservative free.  Applying a product such as this is the single most important action you can take to protect this valuable organ.

When it comes to skin, the importance of good nutrition and hydration can’t be overlooked.   Sipping on lemon water throughout the day will provide you with the water and vitamin C necessary for collagen synthesis- a key component in the youthful appearance of skin.  A good vitamin and omega-3 supplement, combined with adequate hydration will help seal and perpetuate the amazing results you see. When you follow these simple steps, great skin is easy to achieve during the summer months and year-round.  Making a small investment in natural products gives an authentic glow that can only be achieved through true health.  Exfoliate to see the new you waiting underneath layers of winter clothes and skin.  Happy glowing!