As Good For The Outside As The Inside!
Spa treatments that incorporate food have gained popularity over the years. In this article, we are going to discuss “Fresh And Fruity Facials” that are great for your skin. This isn’t just hype, there are certain elements in food have proved beneficial for the skin. Calcium, for example, is found in apples, bananas, dairy products, and nuts, and has been known to improve bone and teeth development, as well as promote healthy skin, hair, and nails. When applied topically, foods containing calcium hydrates and nourishes dry, flaky skin. Another element, zinc, found in caviar, nuts, cocoa powder, and dairy products is useful in anti-aging and tissue rejuvenation treatments. I have often recommended zinc to my clients who have undergone surgery in order for their skin to heal faster. Ingredients like cocoa powder, bananas, wheat, nuts, and ginger include potassium that helps with muscle function and metabolism. When these foods are applied to the skin, they alleviate dryness and enhance elasticity.
Your skin is the body’s largest respirator. It’s a fragile, protective barrier that wards off disease, prevents infection, protects internal organs and releases toxins. Your skin is your body’s first line of defense against the elements.
What can protect the skin from chemicals, pollution, bacteria, impurities and the harmful rays of the sun that contribute to premature aging? You may not be surprised to hear, that it is what you consume and what you put on your skin that makes the difference.
We all purchase sunscreen, sunglasses and cover-ups and hats to protect our skin from the summer sun, but research shows that some of the most effective combatants in the battle against the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays can be found in the produce section at the local grocery store, or local spa.
It’s no secret that fruits and vegetables are important for good health. According to the National Cancer Institute, eating five servings of fruits and vegetables a day can reduce the risk of cancer. Several national health organizations concur with those recommendations for the prevention of heart disease and other illnesses.
A less well-known fact, however, is that summer fruits like peaches, nectarines and plums also have phytochemicals that are important for healthy skin.
A study from the University of California-Davis showed peaches, nectarines and plums are good sources of several phytochemicals which act as antioxidants. These compounds are critical in maintaining healthy skin. Antioxidants are substances that protect the body by capturing free radicals and eliminating them. Free radicals cause cell damage and can contribute to aging.
Here’s how antioxidants work to protect the skin. People experience two types of aging: intrinsic aging, which is mainly affected by genetics and lifestyle; and photoaging, which refers to skin changes resulting from exposure to UV rays.
Aging happens when there is an imbalance of pro-oxidants, free radicals and antioxidants in the skin’s cells. The sun’s UV rays can accelerate free radical production while at the same time depleting antioxidants. Photoaging happens when damage from UV rays affects skin cell function, usually reflected in rougher, drier, wrinkled and less elastic skin.
Antioxidants protect skin cells by counteracting free radical activity. Ascorbic acid, also known as vitamin C, carotenoids, which are orange or red colored substances found in many fruits, and provitamin A/beta-carotene are the most notable.
The articles that follow will show you spa treatments, home recipes and products that will bring out the very best in your skin and provide you with greater protection from the elements as well as keep your skin younger looking longer.
Fruits help you to put your best Face forward!