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  • Foods for Healthy Skin

    Topical creams and lotions can give you smoother, radiant skin on the outside but what about treating your skin from the inside? Eating certain foods can give your skin the nutrients it needs from the inside out. Incorporate them into your meals and your skin will start to look and feel healthier.

    Vitamin A is one of the most important vitamins our skin needs. You can find plenty of dietary vitamin A in low-fat dairy products. This is especially important for people with diabetes or thyroid problems. Foods, such as low-fat yogurt, contain a significant amount of Vitamin A and helps regulate your digestive system. Products that help keep your digestive system on track are very good for your skin.

    Antioxidants are another very important substance our skin and body need. Fruits such as plums, strawberries, blackberries, and blueberries are very high in antioxidants. In fact, according to the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, these four fruits have the highest “total antioxidant capacity” of any fruit or vegetable. Your skin’s health will improve greatly by eating these certain fruits.

    For skin to remain healthy, essential fatty acids are a necessity. These can be found in foods such as walnuts, salmon, canola oil, and flax seed. The most important fatty acids are Omega 3 and Omega 6. They promote healthy cell membranes and prevent further damage from occurring to the cell. Your cell membranes are what hold water in, so the stronger these membranes are, the more moisture your cells will be able to hold. Eating foods rich in fatty acids will make your skin firmer and younger looking.

    In order to keep your skin healthy and lubricated, you must eat the right oils. Oils labeled as extra virgin, expeller processed, or cold pressed are the best ones to consume. These oils have the least amount of steps in their preparation process, allowing more nutrients to be saved. These nutrients are important for our skin and body but make sure to limit the amount you take in because they’re high in calories.

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  • Skin Care Products to Use and Avoid on Rosacea

    Rosacea affects over 13 million Americans today. Unfortunately, there is no cure for Rosacea but there are many products that are safe enough to be used over your face where Rosacea has affected you. Many products can even help reduce the inflammation and redness that occur during outbreaks.

    If you have rosacea, you should avoid using skin care products that contain alcohol, witch hazel, peppermint, menthol, eucalyptus oil, or clove oil. Your products should be fragrance-free and have a non-grainy texture. Mild soaps and cleansers are best for your skin because they do not irritate any problematic area. Using sunscreen and cosmetics with a minimum SPF of 15 will help protect these sensitive areas from sun damage and further redness.

    Retinoids, which are Vitamin A derivatives, are useful in the treatment of rosacea. Several skin care products are formulated with Retinoids and can be safe to use on your skin where a breakout has occurred. An oral retinoid called isotretinoin, used for severe cases of acne, reduces the pustules and papules in severe cases of rosacea as well, especially cases that do not respond to antibiotics. Isotretinoin is known to cause birth defects so do not use any product with this ingredient if you are pregnant or may become pregnant. Talk to your dermatologist first to find out which retinoid containing product is right for you or if you should use other treatments for your Rosacea.

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  • Retinol

    Many skin care products are advertising the special ingredient Retinol. But what exactly is retinol and what does it do for our skin?

    Retinol is basically another form of Vitamin A that is found in animals and humans. It’s important for vision and bone growth, as well as skin treatments. Because of its small molecular structure, it is able to penetrate deep into our skin to stimulate cell renewal. It reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and helps to regain the skin’s elasticity and structure. More and more skin care products today are using retinol in their formulas to treat these aging symptoms in our skin as well as even out skin tone and pigmentation.

    There are different types of Retinol products for your skin depending on the area of your face you want to treat. Specially formulated eye creams contain Retinol to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles around the eye area because this skin is very sensitive and thinner than the rest of your face. Brands such as SkinCeuticals, MD Forte, and Taheri make these various Retinol products to treat fine lines, wrinkles, and crow’s feet for your eye area and the rest of your face.

    Overall, retinol is proven to improve the appearance and texture of your skin by reducing the symptoms of aging such as wrinkles and skin sagginess. Each product uses different strengths of retinol so talk to your dermatologist to find out which type works best for your skin.

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