As the weather warms and we take to the great outdoors, protection from excessive sun exposure becomes of utmost importance. Aside from the rising number of cases of skin cancer in the United States, there are also aesthetic concerns such as early signs of aging that drive the ever-growing skin care industry.
Skin care products that claim to prevent and delay the onset of the early signs of aging such as sun spots, discoloration, blemishes, dark circles, wrinkles and dull complexion are all over the market. Products that are meant to treat other conditions such as eczema, acne and psoriasis are quite common as well.
However, keeping your skin healthy and radiant does not always mean treating it from the inside. It’s common knowledge that when you feed your body well on the inside, it will show on the outside as well. Your skin is your body’s first line of defense. The skin is what shields your organs, blood, and cells from the outer world and all the diseases and infections that might be lurking, so it makes sense to fortify it from the inside out.
Common Skin Ailments
Skin ailments range from a simple pimple to full-blown eczema or psoriasis experienced throughout the body. Most of these conditions can be prevented.
While they might still occur occasionally, by taking good care of your skin and ridding your body of toxins you can absolutely make their occurrence less frequent.
These skin ailments probably include one you have experienced at one point in your life:
Acne is a skin disorder which causes pimples. These pimples are caused by clogging between the pore of the skin and the skin’s oil glands.
Acne is most often seen on the face, neck, chest, back, and shoulders. But, acne comes in several forms. Blackheads and whiteheads are the most popular form of acne. The more severe acne is cystic or nodular acne which forms deep in the skin.
In their lifetime, more than 3/4 of Americans will suffer from acne at some point, and more than 60 percent will experience an acne breakout during adulthood. (1)
The term “eczema” comes from the Greek word for “boils over.” There are three types of eczema: atopic dermatitis, allergic contact dermatitis, and nummular dermatitis. In all cases, the skin is severely dry.
Atopic dermatitis is most commonly seen in children and causes itchy rashes usually found behind the knees and in the crux of the elbows.
Allergic contact dermatitis is most commonly seen in adulthood and is usually irritated by outside factors such as metals in jewelry, cosmetic agents, or fragrances. Nummular dermatitis is extremely itchy and presents itself as itchy flaky and red coin-shaped patches of skin. This form of eczema is simply a result of dry skin. (2)
3. Skin Cancer
Skin cancer is the most common type of skin cancer in the United States. It affects about 1 in 5 Americans at some point in their lives.
Skin cancer has several different types but the two most common types are squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma. However, most deaths stem from the third most common form which is melanoma.
Detox Water for Skin Care
Detox water is known to give your body an overall cleanse, aiding in better overall health. From burning fat to aiding in skin health, detox waters are a great, thirst-quenching addition to your daily diet.
A few detox water combinations include mint, cucumber, lemon detox water, just plain lemon detox water, apple cider vinegar detox water or raspberry, peach, kiwi detox water – just to name a few.
Detox water is made up of a combination of fruits and herbs and is not only good for you but is quite delicious as well.
A few ways you can improve the health of your skin and your complexion using detox water include:
1. Detox waters may contain vitamin C.
A long-chain amino acid known as collagen is what keeps your skin smooth and tight – the loss of collagen as you age is what causes wrinkles. Vitamin C is necessary for the production and maintenance of collagen. Therefore, detox water helps your skin keep its elasticity.
In addition to its required presence for collagen production and maintenance, vitamin C is also an antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals.
Free radicals are molecules or atoms that have an unpaired electron – these eventually cause damage and aging to the skin. (3)
2. Detox waters may contain vitamin E.
Just like vitamin C, vitamin E also works to block free radicals. Therefore, it too is working to slow down the aging process, keeping your skin young and radiant.
3. Detox waters aid the detoxification process as well as digestion.
Common skin problems such as acne can be a result of toxins found in the body. As they try to leave the body, they can clog the pores and cause pimples or other blemishes.
However, the acid found in lemons – which are commonly used in detox water – mimic the digestive juices found in the stomach, tricking the liver into detoxifying itself. In addition to relieving an upset stomach, this will also improve your skin.
By tricking your liver into detoxifying itself, you are expelling the unwanted toxins from your body through urine and other routes, leaving you with healthier, clearer skin.
4. Detox waters may contain anti-inflammatory properties.
The antioxidants found in the fruits and vegetables used in detox water aid in the treatment of inflammation. If you suffer from severe acne and other skin conditions that involve redness, itching, and irritation of the skin you are likely experiencing inflammation.
Inflammation can be a result of injury or an infection – such as a skin infection – and may result in warmth and redness, such as how the surrounding area of a huge pimple can get.
These antioxidants will aid in the treatment of inflammation, therefore relieving some of the pain of your problem areas and reducing the redness.
5. Detox waters may help give you a glowing complexion.
Cinnamon increases blood circulation which results in a radiant and rosy complexion. It also helps bring added nutrients to the skin improving the complexion even further.
Proper blood circulation will also ensure your skin is getting all the nutrients and oxygen that it needs to maintain its color and beauty.
Try a detox water such as the strawberry, lemon, mint, apple, and cinnamon to incorporate cinnamon into your detox water.
How to Maintain Clear, Healthy Skin
Healthy, glowing skin starts from within. By maintaining healthy skin, you will feel better and look better, assuming you eat a diet that is rich in whole foods. By giving your body the proper nutrients and protecting your skin from excessive UV exposure, you can slow down the aging process and keep your skin looking young and radiant for much longer.
1. Drink plenty of water.
Your body requires a lot of hydration as you lose quite a bit of water through your sweat. Dehydration can leave your skin looking saggy, flaky, loose and dull. Make sure to have plenty of water throughout the day even if you don’t find yourself sweating.
Being cooped up inside the office with the air-conditioning blasting is a surefire way to dehydrate yourself. The cooler temperature is not conducive for thirst, so you don’t have the urge to drink as often as you would in warmer temperatures.
2. Eat foods that are rich in antioxidants.
Antioxidants are molecules that inhibit oxidation. They help your body fight disease and aging through the reduction of inflammation and damage. The leading cause of wrinkle formation is inflammation so it is important to consume foods with high levels of antioxidants.
Inflammation can cause redness, swelling and irritation in an area that has suffered an injury or has been a victim of infection.
A few foods that provide some of the best sources of antioxidants include pomegranates, blueberries, acai berries, nuts, spinach, and organic green tea. (3)
3. Limit your sun exposure.
Small amounts of vitamin D from the sun are beneficial, but just like with anything else, too much of a good thing will eventually have some negative side effects. In this context, too much sun exposure will lead to sunburn skin damage.
Limit your sun exposure by avoiding staying outdoors for an extended period of time, wear sunscreen, and wear a hat for added shade.
Other ways to limit sun exposure include using an umbrella or even investing in UV protecting clothes. Simply by covering your skin with clothing, you are protecting it from some of the harmful rays it would be exposed to without covering.
Keep in mind that even if it is cloudy, the harmful rays can still penetrate the clouds and make their way into your skin damaging it. It is important to always protect yourself against the UV rays from the sun – even if you think they might not be there.
Maintaining a radiant and healthy glow can be difficult, but with a few tricks up your sleeve, you’re well on your way to glowing skin.
Drinking detox water, exercising regularly, staying out of the sun, and eating a healthy diet are simple but effective ways to preserve your youthful glow.
Detox water can provide necessary vitamins, antioxidants, and rehydration that your skin desperately needs. Staying out the sun protects you from sunburn and skin cancer. Exercising regularly helps encourage cell turnover and blood circulation. Make a routine out of these steps, and you’re golden.
P.S. Have you signed up for my free 24 Hour Detox Challenge yet? If not, you can download the free meal plan and sign up here (includes my favorite raspberry and peach morning detox water, avocado and blueberry salad in a jar, ginger lemon tea and 4 other detox recipes for weight loss).