The skin is the largest human organ. It’s a fundamental part of your immune system. It keeps harmful microbes and toxins away from your organs, blood vessels, nerves, and viscera, and keeps water and other fluids inside. Regular exposure to sunshine, about 20 minutes a day without sunscreen, helps you produce necessary vitamin D3, which too many of my patients are deficient in.
Maintaining healthy skin starts with keeping well-hydrated. Sleep and exercise are also required to support your basic wellness regimen. Exercise supports circulation and reduces inflammation, both of which are also necessary for healthy skin.
Maintaining a proper nutritional profile for healthy skin is important, too. Eating a wide variety of fruits and vegetables for nutrients, as well as protein to serve as the building block for collagen, are of vital importance. Beta-carotene—from red, yellow, and orange plants; astaxanthin—from salmon, shrimp, lobster, and other red or pink seafood, and omega-3 essential fatty acids&mdashfrom olive oil and fatty fish, are some of the basics.
Detoxification plays a major role in protecting your skin. Avoiding the potentially toxic chemicals in many cosmetics and moisturizers is step one, and a reasonable detoxification regimen is step two. Don’t forget, after you get your 20 minutes of sun, use natural shade and loose-fitting clothes to protect you from UVA and UVB rays.
Summer’s here, so it’s time, once again, to determine which sunscreens are hazardous to our health. There are zillions of sunscreens out there, and many contain known health-threatening ingredients and untested ingredients that might also be dangerous. So before we go dancin’ in the sun-bathed streets, let’s learn sunscreen smarts. We all have skin in […]
If you’re a woman who wears makeup, you’ve likely noticed over the past couple of decades the emergence of mineral makeup. Perhaps not by mistake, the rise of mineral-based makeup seemed to coincide with a growing trend among forward-thinking women to question and scrutinize what they’re putting on their skin and hair. You see, lotion […]
Today’s record temperatures can be dangerous to your health. But dive in with me and we’ll beat the heat. We’ll deal today only with some serious summer threats—dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke. Being outside, in the heat without taking certain precautions can lead to serious trouble. But follow some simple rules, and there’s no need […]
Raise your hands if you put deodorant or antiperspirant on today. Put your hands down if you know the difference between the two. Finally, lower your hands if you know the dangerous ingredients of conventional deodorants and antiperspirants. Are your hands still up? If so, take a whiff. There’s a very good chance that your […]
Nothing says summer like endless hours of fun in the sun. But as you know, that bright orb in the sky has a dark side. Exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays over time is the single greatest cause of skin cancer, including deadly melanoma. There are several types of skin cancer, and most are […]
Researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center recently made an interesting discovery—one that could give you pause next time you crave a midnight snack. They found that eating late at night could possibly make you more vulnerable to sunburn and sun damage, along with all the long-term effects of exposure to ultraviolet rays, […]
One day, in a Big Oil laboratory, a chemist cried out “Eureka! I’ve found the formula for the fragrance of a rose! Even rosier than a real rose!” A colleague asks “But is it petroleum-based and carcinogenic?” “Of course,” the chemist replied. Applause. We smell trouble Our sense of smell is a finely tuned mechanism […]
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is said to have boatloads of health benefits. So many, in fact, that our “too good to be true” skepticism kicks in. Stop cancer? Lose weight? Relieve arthritis? Whiten teeth? So, let’s take a closer look at what’s real and what’s hype. Let’s start by broadly categorizing ACV’s three types of […]
The $62.5 billion beauty industry has been lying to you and stealing your money in the name of age-defying youth. They charge you a fortune for skin creams, lotions, potions and masks that are supposed to “reverse aging” or “repair DNA damage” or some other bunk. And it’s all bunk—the FDA has repeatedly slapped beauty […]
The chemical companies want you to believe that antibacterial hand soaps are better than plain soap. This belongs in the Hall of Shame, alongside “Fat, eggs, and cholesterol are all bad for you.” How are antibacterial soaps so not better than plain soap? Unlike antibacterial soap, plain soap doesn’t increase the risk of infections Unlike […]