by Donna Gates
Who says beauty is only skin deep?
Skin is a direct reflection of what goes on in the interior. While it is always best to nourish your skin from the inside out, we have also included a few tips on the best ways to feed your skin from the outside in.
1. Get Your Beauty Sleep
Too little sleep shows up in the skin. While the telltale signs of sleep deprivation can be dark circles under the eyes or even acne, over time the consequences are far more serious. Most of these consequences fall under the category of mood disorders, memory loss, and weakened immune function.
Too much sugar in the diet does this funny thing with proteins. It cross-links with them. This process is called glycation.
Eventually, the cross-link between a sugar and a protein becomes permanent. This matters because glycation can literally make our tissue brittle. This includes skin. Wrinkles, sagging skin, and even cellulite are about the breakdown of connective tissue that lies just beneath the skin.
The skin and the digestive system have a unique connection. Skin health begins and ends in the digestive tract. Everything else is managing symptoms.
Two things to know about your skin and beneficial bacteria:
- Bacteria are everywhere. It’s beyond our control. There are layers of bacteria on our skin. Completely unique communities of bacteria exist in our ears, our nose, and belly button. Usually, this is a good thing. When the bacteria are beneficial, they protect us from disease-causing bugs.
- A healthy inner ecosystem shows up in the skin. This means that gut health and the friendly bacterial community in your digestive tract help to create clear, glowing skin. If things are awry on the surface, you can bet your bottom dollar that it can be traced to something awry in the gut.
Just like it is a good idea to avoid antibiotics in order to preserve gut health, when we avoid harsh antibacterial creams or treatments, we are actually thinking of the bigger picture.
Rather than attempt to kill every microbe on your skin that may cause acne, nourish the mantle of friendly flora that covers your skin. For you, this may mean drinking fermented beverages or eating fermented vegetables.
It may also mean at-home facials with kefir or even truly fermented yogurt. That’s right: the topical application of good bacteria does wonders for the skin.
If you are going to put anything on your skin, consider asking the question: “Would I or could I eat this?” If the answer is “no”, think twice about whatever you are about to use. This is because the skin directly absorbs whatever you place on it.
This is where essential oils come into the picture. Many can be used internally, and each one has layer upon layers of benefits. When choosing an essential oil, always go for quality.
- Rose Oil: A delicate oil that has many applications. When mixed with a high-quality carrier oil like jojoba, it can be used to minimize wrinkles. If you are feeling angry or irritable and want to give your skin a little TLC, go ahead and grab rose oil. Rose smoothes away tension, particularly the kind of tension associated with a hot day or PMS. This is especially true when placed sparingly on the forehead.
- Helichrysum Oil: Great for bruising, trauma, or to diminish old scars. Use helichrysum as soon as any sign of redness, swelling, or inflammation pops up. This includes signs of deep, cystic acne. Some antiseptic oils can be drying. Helichrysum treats trauma; if you are prone to pick at acne and want to get rid of old scars, helichrysum is the oil for you. Apply neat, meaning no carrier oil required.
- Carrot Seed Oil: Renowned as a revitalizing skin tonic oil, carrot seed treats rashes, dermatitis, and wrinkles. While some people use it internally for detoxification, carrot seed oil will firm and refresh the skin when applied topically. When used with helichrysum, begin imagining old scars away. The combination is unbeatable.
5. Acupuncture Can Erase Wrinkles – So Can an At-Home Facial Massage!
Acupuncture is touted as one of the safest methods for facial rejuvenation. No toxic injections. No stitches left in the aftermath. The acupuncture needle itself is more slender than a single hair.
We know that when an acupuncture point is stimulated with a needle, the fascia and muscle tissue will actually loop around the needle. The stimulation generated by an acupuncture needle can reduce pain while promoting the flow of blood and lymph fluid.
Acupressure and massage are as common in China as acupuncture.
Tips for at-home acupressure for beautiful skin:
- Your face alone has over 40 acupoints on it. Many of these points are located around the eyes, against what is called the orbital ridge, and on the forehead.
- Start by placing firm, direct pressure on these areas with the tips of the index fingers. Begin at the centerline and work outward. Apply pressure, count to four, and then move on.
- With firm pressure, gently use both hands to massage the entire face. Work up and out (defying gravity’s tendency to shrink in and down). Start with the index fingers on the bridge of the nose and circle up the forehead, along the hairline, and down the cheeks and jawline.
Donna Gates is the international bestselling author of The Body Ecology Diet, The Baby Boomer Diet: Anti-Aging Wisdom For Every Generation, and Stevia: Cooking with Nature’s Calorie-Free Sweetener. While completing her fellowship with American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, her mission is to change the way the world eats. Over the past 25 years, Donna has become one of the most loved and respected authorities in the field of digestive health, diet, and nutrition, enjoying a worldwide reputation as an expert in candida, adrenal fatigue, autism, autoimmune diseases, weight loss and anti-aging.