Skin Health – Maintaining that “Healthy Glow” #wellbeingwednesday by: Rachel Schwartzman, ND
I really do not think any household needs to have chemicals in their skin care products. There is a whole market of amazing products both for adults and children that work well and contain no-toxins. As a mom of 3 kids, I am always looking to maintain a “healthy glow”. So, for today’s Wellbeing Wednesday tip, I’m sharing with you wonderful tips that support skin health, which in turn, result in a youthful and radiant look. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t want that!
Silica, is a mineral, essential for healthy skin. It forms connective tissue, including hyaluronic acid and collagen. Hyaluronic acid and collagen keep the skin well hydrated, elastic, and wrinkle free. As we age our body’s production naturally decreases, to combat this you want to this about adding Silica, Collagen and Hyaluronic Acid to your diet.
Horsetail (no, it’s not actually made from a horse’s tail ; ), is a herb very high in silica. You can steep a cup of this tea daily. Food sources include; oats, millet, barley, leeks, green beans, cucumbers, celery and strawberries.
Cabbage is one of the most well known foods containing collagen producing agents. Cabbage is rich in phytonutrients which further boosts skin hydration and elasticity. Make a coleslaw, lightly sautée it, or add it to a juice. You can’t go wrong by including this cruciferous vegetable to your diet.
If you want healthy skin, make sure to include green beans in your diet. Green beans are rich in hyaluronic acid which plumps the skin by holding water, so wrinkles and fine lines are less visible. It keeps your skin hydrated, boosts elasticity, increases collagen synthesis, and nourishes healthy skin cell growth.
Hydration: If you want to have younger more supple skin, you have to drink water. Dehydrated skin looks wrinkled and rough. Keep a re-usable water container with you, for easy on the go sips. If plain water lacks excitement for you, add fruit, cucumbers or fresh herbs to liven up your beverage.
Make the switch to Natural Skin Care products. There is an entire market dedicated to the “anti-aging” movement. Come to “The Bump to Baby Show” on May 15th at the Wychwood Barns and try out local makers; Province Apothecary, Matter Company, Ella’s Botanicals and more. These skin care brands are all natural, chemical free, and have healing properties that actually nourish your skin. Give them a try, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
I hope you find these tips helpful. I believe that beauty radiates from within, so a healthy outer glow means a healthy inner self. Keep on shining.
RACHEL SCHWARTZMAN is a naturopathic doctor in the St. Clair West neighbourhood. She is the co-owner of West End Naturopathic Doulas, a naturopathic collective that supports pregnant women and partners with the birth of their babies. Westenddoulas.com