Love the Skin You’re In

Updated: Mar 30

By Dr. Marika Berni, ND

Your skin is your largest organ! We spend so much time worrying about the quality of our food, yet do you consider the quality of the many skincare products you and your family use everyday? How are they affecting your health?

Why use natural cosmetics and skincare products?

  1. Better for the environment

  2. Chemicals do not get washed into our water system!

  3. Better for your skin

  4. Non irritating, non allergenic, natural ingredients can support or soothe your skin!

  5. Less exposure to chemicals which can be neurotoxins, hormone disruptors, and carcinogens!

Top offenders to look for:

  1. Parabens

  2. Triclosan

  3. Petrolatum

  4. Retinol

  5. “Fragrance”

  6. Phthalates

  7. Heavy metals

  8. Asbestos

  9. Formaldehyde packaging – e.g. BPA

What can you do?

  1. Read your labels

  2. Download the EWG Healthy Living app (hyperlink : https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/).

  3. This is great because you can check your products for harmful ingredients before you buy them.

  4. Shop cleaner brands

  5. Be empowered, be informed

Natural support for your skin.

Your skin is influenced by many lifestyle factors such as your diet, exercise, level of hydration, stress, sleep, and hormones. The key is to find the perfect balance!

Do’s

  1. Increase healthy fats- avocados, nuts and seeds, olives and olive oil, fatty fish

  2. Increase green and orange foods

  3. Increase antioxidant rich foods

  4. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!

  5. Try bone broth and ensure adequate protein intake

  6. Consider an elimination diet – gluten, dairy, sugar to assess food sensitivities

Don’ts

  1. Eliminate processed foods and refined sugar

  2. Reduce animal products

  3. Eliminate or reduce dairy products

  4. Reduce alcohol

  5. Quit smoking

Get your beauty sleep

This is when your body repairs itself!

  1. Your skin’s blood flow increases

  2. Rebuilds its collagen

  3. Repairs damage from UV exposure, reducing wrinkles and age spots.

  4. Reduces bags under the eyes

Exercise

  1. Increases circulation bringing nutrients and oxygen and taking away waste products and free radicals

  2. Promotes new skin cells and collagen production

  3. Reduces inflammation

  4. Decreases cortisol

It’s never too late! Skin aging can be reversed in people who start exercising later in life.

Nutrients to consider

  1. Omega 3 Probiotics

  2. Zinc Beta carotene/Vitamin A

  3. Vitamin D3 Vitamin C

  4. Vitamin E B vitamins

And of course…

Collagen

  1. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body

  2. Provides structure

  3. Collagen is the major building block of tendons, bones, skin, muscles and ligaments

  4. As you age your body produces less

  5. Collagen is made in your body from the amino acids glycine + proline + Vitamin C

  6. Smoking, sun exposure, sugar and refined carbs reduce collagen repair

  7. Sources include bovine or marine collagen or bone broth

  8. Collagen has been shown to improve osteoarthritis symptoms, muscle strength, and physical performance, skin elasticity, speeds up injury recovery, and improves bone mineral density,

Drink plenty of water

  1. One of the best things you can do to take care of your skin is to drink water

  2. Aim for eight glasses of plain water every single day

  3. Water makes up about 70 percent of your body, and a very large portion of your skin too

  4. Water helps to flush toxins from our bloodstream and cells, allowing your body to remove things like bacteria and waste

Balance your hormones

  1. Imbalances in estrogen, progesterone and testosterone can lead to acne breakouts

  2. Thyroid dysfunction can cause dry skin and rashes

  3. Menopausal changes can result in dry skin

  4. High insulin levels can result in skin tags, cellulite and acne accanthosis nigrcans

  5. Blood work can help to identify hormonal imbalances, speak with your naturopath

Whether you are struggling with a specific skin condition or you just want to maintain youthful and glowing skin, there are many things you can do to support your skin’s health. Try one or two things for a month and reap the benefits!

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