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Healthy Skin from Head to Toe

Healthy Skin from Head to Toe
You may remember Dr. Kalli from our Fruitful Minutes videos and in-store lectures. This October, join us in kicking off her latest lecture series on Healthy Skin!
Your skin is your largest organ and performs some very important functions. When it comes to caring for our skin, most people have their eye focused on things to apply topically. In doing this, many people miss out on all the other things we can do to support this tissue from the inside out. I will be hosting a lecture series where we dive into some of the most common skin concerns, and discuss what can be done inside and out, to address all angles of the problem.

Gut Health = Skin Health

The gut and the skin have deeper connections than people realize. Often, skin shows the first signs that something is going wrong in the gut itself. Skin and digestive tract cells originate from the same cells in development. They are also connected by the fact that each has its own microbiome that influences inflammation and oxidative stress. The body’s different microbiomes talk to each other to help regulate many functions in the body, and provide a vast amount of immune protection for us.
Many gut-related conditions such as SIBO/Dysbiosis, leaky gut, candida and even mood disorders have physical skin manifestations on their list of symptoms. There is even a specialized area of study called Psychodermatology that focuses on skin and mood disorder connections. Fun fact: your gut bacteria produce your neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin for you!

Aging Skin

Simple changes to diet and water intake can have a major impact on the skin itself. Making sure you’re getting lots of veggies, healthy fats and adequate protein is a basic step in the right direction for skin health. Dehydration enhances wrinkling and signs of inflammation in the skin. Make sure you’re getting the minimum daily requirement of half your body weight in ounces of water daily to help promote a youthful glow, but also proper detoxification of your body as well.
As for topical skincare, when you are looking at targeted nutrients for the skin, keep in mind that serums often offer the most potent ingredients per serving and the most bang for your buck! Exfoliation can enhance new cell turn over and promote collagen production. You can use enzyme based masks, physical scrubs and for whole body: dry brushing!

Acne & Rosacea

With an astounding 80-95% of adolescents struggling with acne, it’s no surprise that even adults are suffering with acne and rosacea well into their middle age. Again, most people think acne is just a topical skin issue, but in this case, hormones, toxin exposure and diet can play a huge role as well. The skin is the fastest way out of the gut, so often detoxification can present as acne if the pores are clogged. Bacteria balance on the skin starts with a balanced gut bacteria, and most forget the power of a good probiotic for skin concerns. This is a simple first step to clearer skin in the long run.

 

Suggested Products Concern/Benefit
Antioxidants: A,C,E & Selenium Important for healthy skin cell production & protecting skin from damaging free radicals. Good for acne prone skin as well as aging.
Collagen Powders & Pills Support the production of collagen & connective tissue.
CoQ10, Astaxanthin & Lycopene Free radical scavengers offer skin protection from damage & UV exposure.
Ceramides (from NOW or Life Extension) Fatty substances on the surface of the skin that help with fine lines, wrinkles & retaining moisture.
Curcumin, SOD & Resveratrol Food-based compounds that stimulate free radical scavenger production in the skin.
Mineral Sunscreens Topical UVA/UVB protection. A physical  barrier against the sun. 
Hyaluronic Acid Serums & Lotions Hold 1000x its weight in water to help plump fine lines & wrinkles.
Vitamin C Serums Help even skin tone, assisting with dark spots & damage.
Vitamin A Serums & Creams Used in the evening (Vitamin A breaks down in sunlight). Helps with aging skin.
NOW Clarify & Illuminate Skincare System  Researched Mitostime has shown to help with fine lines & wrinkles as well as evening skin tone.
NOW Dark Spot Serum Alphaflor Gigawhite has been clinically researched to even skin tone with 12 weeks of use.
Cell Food Skin Gel Helps heal skin tissue, detoxification & helps other products penetrate down to cell replicating layer.
Face Scrubs & Masks Exfoliation, physical or enzyme based, helps stimulate skin tissue turn over & collagen production. Used 1-2x/ week, not daily.
Alpha Lipoic Acid Can help break down damaged collagen to help reduce scar tissue formation – good for acne or wounds, topically or internally.
Acne Homeopathy Easy-to-use, multi-symptom formulas, which can be used topically or internally.
Acne Essentials (Terry Naturally) Helps address gut health issues related to acne, & promotes detoxification.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids (pills/liquids) Help balance skin inflammation, as well as provide moisture from the inside out.
Salicylic Acid Dissolves debris on skin that clogs pores, best for black & white heads.
Tea Tree Oil Topical spot treatment to help with inflammation in the skin while balancing oil & moisture.
Seaweed Baths Helpful for body acne & inflammation in the skin; enhances detoxification.
Activated Charcoal (serum, masks) Draws out impurities; a less drying alternative to clay!
Probiotics Skin bacteria & gut bacteria "talk to each other". A healthy gut promotes healthy skin.
PuRemedy Topical salves with homeopathy for specific skin irritation & conditions, promoting tissue healing.
Thyme Out Topical herbal preparation used to combat causes of skin irritation including: bacteria, viruses & fungus. It can be used for a wide variety of conditions & inflammation on the skin.
Forces of Nature

Organic essential oil/homeopathy combinations for specific skin conditions.

 

Did you enjoy this introduction to skin health? Be sure to join Dr. Kalli at one of her Healthy Skin lectures to delve deeper into this topic and get your questions answered. Don't forget to let us know your favorite skin vitamin in the comments below!


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