Cure Dry Skin – From Outside and In

This winter I had very dry skin.  I’ve always had dry skin—even in humid Illinois where I grew up.  But this winter, my skin was drier than ever.  I have controlled the itching by using coconut soap, shea soap and hand-made African black soap.  I have tried to avoid any commercially made soap that has a lot of ingredients that are chemically based.  I have used witch hazel that has some aloe in it and that has been marvelous.  The lotion I have used is coconut oil, or lotions that contain just coconut oil, cocoa oil, jojoba oil, grapeseed oil, shea butter and/ or other pure oils. I have not used any lotions containing any alcohol in it or other chemicals.  This has all helped.

I picked up the Natural Grocers newspaper and found an article about “Feeding Your Skin From the Inside”.  Here are some of the ways:

Balance the blood sugar—avoid foods that cause a spike.  These include all sugars, flour products, and even fruits for some people.  Eat at regular intervals including proteins and fats.

Get plenty of antioxidants.  Eat lots of vegetables in a rainbow of colors.  Other sources of antioxidants are the berries we have talked about, green and white tea, 80%+cacao chocolate,  and herbs such as turmeric, ginger, rosemary and cinnamon.

Get the right fats—that’s right fats, as we have said often.  The fats  come from the omega-3s found in wild, cold water fish.  Avoid omega-6 fats found in vegetable oils and trans-fats.  Include a variety of monounsaturated and saturated fats found in coconut oil, avocados, olive oil, nuts and seeds, butter, and naturally raised animal products.  These help modulate inflammation and maintain a healthy cell membrane.

Consume probiotic rich foods daily.   These foods are yogurt, kefir, unpasteurized sauerkraut, kim chi, miso and kombucha.  These support the health of the digestive system.

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! 

Sulfur-rich foods—these foods are eggs, meat, poultry, garlic, onions, cruciferous vegetables.  These sulfur-rich foods build collagen and glutathione.  Glutathione is the body’s most potent internal antioxidant.

Vitamin A—This is a potent antioxidant and  is needed for skin cell turnover.  Vitamin A is found in liver, grass-fed butter, eggs and cod liver oil.  Vegetables that contain vitamin A are red and yellow like sweet potatoes, red peppers and carrots.  They supply beta-carotene.

This article on feeding the skin from the inside came from Heather Pratt, MNT.  Her parting words were:

“Every meal and snack gives you the chance to foster skin health from the inside, letting your beauty shine through.  So go ahead, feed yourself gorgeous!”

Source: Natural Grocers Health Hotline  March 2013  pp. 9, 13

Marilyn

About Marilyn

I am a "retired senior" (I've been a school librarian and library tech for a government research facility) who is now pursuing a dream of a home business sewing bags of all sorts, crafting and being the creative person I have always wanted to be. I grew up in the center of Illinois and dreamed of actually living back in the state of Colorado where I was born and lived till the age of 7. That dream came true when I met my husband of 43 years while working together in Estes Park. I am interested in alternative medicine, continuing the good health I've always had, while returning to the pre-processed food era of: eating well, losing weight, and using products that do not harm the environment, me, my family and friends. I am for labeling GMO’s, using sustainable products, organics and finding solutions to everyday problems, like colds and sore muscles, using natural remedies. I have a positive attitude that has helped through a very hard year and will bring forth a life that will be full and happy. My family is wonderful and I am a happy lady, wife, mother, and grandma.

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