Your skin is the largest organ and during the night, many processes have taken place. Some of these processes rid cells of waste products and it is then eliminated from the body. When the body and skin have been exposed to day to day elements that bombard our immune system, we need to have an effective elimination process. Our kidneys cleanse red blood cells and we then excrete the waste products in the form of urine. A great morning ritual to assist with this elimination is to drink a glass of warm water with lemon juice. Not only will assist with kidney health, it will also have a stimulating effect on your digestive system and liver and this will have a knock-on effect with your skin. I recommend not to drink or eat for at least half an hour after drinking this drink and if you have kidney damage or adrenal stress you may not tolerate large quantities of lemon.
My treatment strategy when consulting with clients that are concerned with skin ageing are the following:
Maintain a healthy weight
Consume a low glycaemic load diet
Include nutritional supplementation if diet is questionable
Reduce Oxidative Stress & Inflammation
Support hormone function
Assess & manage stress levels
A treatment plan cannot be created if these points are not considered, assessed and implemented. These points must be addressed if the outcome is to achieve healthy ageing not only internally but also externally. You may wish to seek the expertise of a Natural health specialist along with a Skin Care professional to assist with developing a successful treatment plan for you to achieve great and effective results.
If overweight, a professional weight management program should be implemented.
If sugar consumption is high I recommend the use of sugar alternatives like Stevia and minimizing high glycaemic foods from diet.
An exercise program should be considered. Seek the advise of a fitness specialist or personal trainer at your local gym or gentle exercise like Tai Chi, Yoga or Pilates should be considered.
If your diet is leaving your skin looking sluggish, tired, puffy, uneven in colour, blemished, then perhaps you may need to consider taking supplementation to offset your poor diet. Practising a healthy diet is paramount to a healthy functioning skin and it is always preferred to rethink your diet but in times when this is more difficult, consult with a Natural Health professional for a supplementation prescription.
Increase your intake of antioxidant – rich foods and this will offset the damaging effects of harmful free radicals.
There are many chinese herbs and homeopathic remedies that will support both male and female hormones and should be considered when we are looking at treating the effects of ageing on the skin. When we support ovarian function in women, we also improve oestrogen levels, the hormone that assists with the youthful suppleness of women’s skin. In men, we need to support testosterone, Luteinizing hormone (LH) & DHEA as these are associated with virility and healthy body composition. Vitamin D is also critical for hormonal function and Insulin sensitivity and modulate inflammation within the body while assisting the support of infection resistance.
Meditation, Yoga and the like are great de-stressing tools. We are ancient bodies in a modern world and today our stressors are very different to ancient times. It has been shown that stress is the major concern for most western civilisations and we need to assess what our triggers are. If we don’t make necessary changes to our day to day stress, it accumulates and our bodies become diseased. Dis-ease, when we are not at ‘ease’. Changing your priorities and looking at how you can make more positive changes is recommended.