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Who doesn’t want beautiful, glowing, radiant skin? To get it, follow these two important steps:
1. Nourish Your Skin from the Outside
Exfoliate dead skin and detoxify your facial skin. The skin on our face is subject to not only the pernicious effects of sun exposure, but also cigarette smoke, smog, and air pollution. Read on to see how to prevent environmental toxins from aging skin prematurely.
Ambient particulate matter from traffic exhaust has been shown to prematurely age the skin in several recent studies. Particulate matter and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) that are bound to the nanoparticles in the air from pollution, come in contact with the skin and produce reactive oxygen species, or free radicals, which leads to skin wrinkling and aging. This is a surprising new discovery that affects people living in urban areas and is prompting the rapid development of “anti-pollution” products.
Most significantly, traffic exhaust increases those dreaded age spots, one of the most visible signs of aging, and melasma, uneven skin pigmentation. Women living in big cities were found to have prematurely aged skin compared to women living in less urban areas.
Clay is nature’s best detoxifier and as a bonus it contains many minerals to feed your facial skin when used as a mask. Calcium bentonite clay is a powerful clay that can actually pull toxins from your skin, revealing the fresh, soft, glowing skin that lies beneath. At the same time it exfoliates the dead skin cells that lie on top of your skin causing dullness and flakiness.
After a clay mask your face will feel toned and tightened, and pores will be visibly smaller. The mask will make your complexion glow beautifully due to both improved circulation, as well as the benefit of having the dull top layer of dead skin gently removed. Mark my words, the category of “anti-pollution” skincare products will continue to blossom in the United States after originating in Asia a few years ago.
2. Nourish Your Skin from the Inside
Feed your skin by eating nutrient dense foods high in antioxidants. These will quench the free radicals that are generated from UV rays, environmental pollution, stress, and other lifestyle factors. Free radicals contribute to all over aging including skin aging. Antioxidants can be applied topically with serum (there are many antioxidant serums on the market), or consumed in your diet. I recommend both.
The three major antioxidants are vitamin C, E, and the carotenoid family. You will find them in brightly hued fruits and vegetables- so be sure to splash a rainbow of colors on your dinner plate.
Vitamin C in particular is crucial for building and maintaining collagen, the major structural protein in your skin, the loss of which leads to wrinkles. As we do not manufacture vitamin C in our bodies, we must obtain it from our diets. Fortunately it is pretty easy to get our vitamin C from out diet. High sources of C include: all berries, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cantaloupe, cauliflower, citrus fruits, kale, kiwifruit, mango, papaya, snow peas, sweet potato, tomatoes, and peppers.
Vitamin E, a fat soluble antioxidant, is found in nuts, particularly sunflower seeds, avocados, and dark leafy greens. Vitamin E is a skin all-star and is currently also found in many topical anti-aging skin products.
In the carotenoid family, beta-carotene is known for its orange coloring, and is found in sweet potatoes, apricots, cantaloupe, carrots, pumpkin and squash. Lycopene, another member of the same family is the red color found in tomatoes, watermelon, and pink grapefruit.
Consuming beta-carotene can give you a demonstrable glow, albeit a yellowish one, as demonstrated by Scottish researchers who had one group consume extra fruits and vegetables for a six-week period and compared them to a control group. When photographs of the participants in the two groups were viewed and rated for health and attractiveness, the group that had the “glow” were rated as more attractive and healthy. This is a two-for-one deal; eating more vegetables improved both health and appearance!
Some other high antioxidant foods are blueberries, pomegranates, blackberries, dark chocolate, dark green leafy vegetables, and cranberries.
Bolster your bodies anti-inflammatory activity by decreasing inflammatory foods such as factory raised meats, dairy products, sugar, and alcohol. Eat freely from the anti-inflammatory foods, which include fruits, vegetables and fish. Inflammation drives aging all over the body including on the skin. In particular make sure you are getting the right amount of Omega-3 essential fatty acids in your diet as they make up your cellular membranes, hydrate the skin from within, and improve insulin resistance and other cardiovascular factors. You can obtain this healthy fat from wild caught salmon, and other oily fish, as well as walnuts, chia, and flaxseeds. Healthy fats are critical for radiant skin; you can’t glow without fats in your diet.
By nourishing your skin from the inside and outside, and detoxifying with a clay mask on a regular basis, you can obtain the glowing, luminous skin you have always wanted.
Dr. Anne Marie Fine is the founder and CEO of Fine Natural Products which provides organic, botanical and vitamin-based skin care. Dr. Fine is an award-winning researcher, author and national and international speaker based in Newport Beach, California. Her unique expertise in environmental medicine and formulation has enabled her to combine epigenetics and environmental medicine to permit genes to express their quintessential beauty quotient. Dr. Fine is especially sensitive to the effects of toxicants found in personal care products and their effect of developing fetuses, children, and adults. Read more at