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Nov
24
3 Simple Hacks For Healthy Skin: Make Your Skin Happy

A common health concern that gets presented to my office fairly often is troubled skin. Whether it comes in the form of eczema, psoriasis or acne, the first step is figuring out if there is something in their diet that is making their skin unhappy. If this step is not done, you can put as many expensive magic lotions and potions on your skin and you will never be satisfied. Your skin is the largest organ in your body. what you eat and drink WILL have an impact on it.

The next step is to ensure that we minimize common stressors, both internally and environmentally. To tackle internal stress, I often recommend omega 3 fatty acids, a good B-complex and meditation (outdoor walks, guided meditations, gardening, coloring, etc). If stress and worry are predominant, I will prescribe some adaptogenic herbs in addition to what I have mentioned above.

Stress and worry impact the inflammatory cellular pathways in the body, which can make your skin red, itchy, dry and make your acne feel like it is waging a war on your face. That said, let me share with you 3 simple healthy skin hacks you can start today to improve your skin.

Remove The Junk

Environmental stressors include using skin products that are overly processed (think ingredients that you can’t pronounce). I love to direct all my patients to learn about toxic components they should avoid in their skincare products. My general motto when it comes to things I put on my body is, “the simpler, the better.”

Keep Hydrated

Coffee, black teas, and cola sodas are very dehydrating. This directly impacts your skin by making it look lackluster, facilitates the appearance of wrinkles and can make your skin feel dry and itchy. Use water intake calculator to get an approximate idea of how much water you should be drinking daily. Remember, for each cup of dehydrating beverage you consume, you must follow up with a glass of water to replace what you will lose.

Exfoliate

This healthy skin hack is more intended for people who are generally happy with their skin but want to take it to the next level.

You may notice that you do not need to follow up with a moisturizer due to the olive oil that may have absorbed into your skin. Do this one time a week to reveal vibrant healthy skin!

When it comes to Skincare, keep it simple. Use natural, paraben free and fragrance-free products.

 

 Dr. Crystal ND

Crystal Chanderbhan is a board-certified naturopathic doctor practicing in Scarborough. She has a great passion for promoting well-being, with a conviction that prevention is the best cure. Promotion of patient education is also emphasized in her writing, as this is an integral part of the path towards optimal health. To maintain balance in her life, Crystal enjoys increasing her skills in the kitchen, emphasizing gluten & dairy-free culinary delights.

 

    

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