Billions of dollars are spent every year by consumers in the cosmeceutical industry looking for a quick way to improve the appearance and health of our skin. Women and men want to look better, but don’t always know what it takes to achieve that goal because there are so many variables. To name a few; wrinkles, sun damage, hydration, pore size, congestion, acne, and sagging. We like to buy products that promise to be heavy-hitters in one of those areas, thinking “If I got rid of wrinkles, I would look so much better!” but if you can’t fight all types of skin disorder you will likely end up disappointed with the results you can get from one product, targeting one issue. Also important to keep in mind that anything you can buy over the counter, or even from a pharmacy is applied topically. Not to say these products aren’t doing any good, but they have to penetrate deeply in order to be affective and most simply don’t penetrate beyond the epidermis at all.
For this reason I’m going to tell you that beauty and skin health are really truly a result of the things we put into our body, wait for it, via our mouths. Look at a growing kale leaf if you ever have a chance and see how firm, smooth, and often beautifully lustered it is. Eating attractive fruits and vegetables is putting the defense mechanisms of plants into our body and over time those nutrients will do the same for us. In my opinion this is one of the most overlooked facts about skin health out there. We think about eating right as a benefit to our “systems”, be it cardiovascual, digestive, nervous, etc…so why would it really change our outward appearance?
Think about your circulatory system for a second. This is the system that delivers fresh blood, and oxygen to our vital organs and extremities, but it also affects what experts refer to as the “micro-circulation” system. This includes the vessels at the very ends of the circulatory system which provide the bridge between circulatory system and organ; and our skin is the largest organ we have. They are tiny blood vessels, barely measurable but they are the key to all of this. Improper functioning on this level is what leads to dullness, sallow skin, dehydration, and of course these are the precursors to the other problems I listed earlier- wrinkles, sun damage, congestion and acne.
So is the solution becoming a vegan, raw foodist that never has fun going out to dinner and only allows the freshest of fresh produce to enter into their body? Hell no!! First of all just start being MINDFUL of what you eat. Look at your food not just for how it will taste, but how it appears. Try adding in fruits and vegetables that are attractive to you, and get a variety of them. Want to cover all your nutrient bases, eat a rainbow of colors: tomatoes, oranges, squash, kale, blueberries, grapes. Opt of local produce first, organic second. If your food doesn’t have to travel across the globe it will contain more nutrients by the time it reaches your table.
If that step seems like it would still be a stretch for you, then I have really really good news. A company called Juice Plus provides a way for us to digest the powerful phytonutrients from 25 raw fruits a vegetables daily. Across the globe, farms grow organic fruits and vegetables that are allowed to vine ripen and then are flash frozen onsite to ensure little nutrient loss in transit to America. As an esthetician I am especially excited by this product because it has been tested in over 20 double-blind placebo controlled studies from major Universities across the globe. Scientifically this is the most heavily researched product on the market that has also been proven to increase three markers of skin microcirculation; capillary blood flow, oxygen saturation of hemoglobin, and relative concentration of hemoglobin. Aside from the benefits it has for your skin this product will help with the overall health of your body by assisting in DNA repair, free-radical protection, immune system support, and so on. Visit this page to see a full list of all clinical research http://www.juiceplus.com/content/JuicePlus/en/clinical-research/juice-plus-clinical-research.html
So ultimately great looking skin something to be looked at from the outside, and also from the inside. At DERMASPACE we are in a unique position to support the skin from within using the galvanic current to push nutrients and anti-oxidants into the dermis.
Using a combination of healthy eating, Juice Plus and iDerm treatments we really are attacking problematic skin on all fronts. We are treating from the inside out, and then supporting from the outside in. Between these things, beautiful skin is almost guaranteed to occur.
Holly Headley is a Seattle based esthetician and Associate Skin Guru at DERMASPACE.