Skin Nutrition Products Hastings NE
North Platte, NE
Natural Radiance - Nutritious Skin Care
By Lynn Ginsburg
Strawberry lip balms, kiwi face masks, peach hand lotions—small wonder your beauty products smell good enough to eat. The product names themselves announce the starring role real foods like fruit juice, oatmeal, avocado, and even chocolate increasingly play in skin care products these days. The reason? Some foods benefit you just as much rubbed on the skin as served on the plate.
By applying a food topically, rather than just eating it, you can deliver higher concentrations of the active ingredient directly where it‘‘s needed most. "The skin has high levels of fatty acids in the cell membranes of the epidermal layer, a part of the skin that undergoes replacement and renewal every three weeks or so," says Philip Cohen, ND, an adviser to Ecco Bella, which makes organic and natural skin care products, including a chocolate-based line for topical use and consumption. "Due to this constant need for fatty acids, the skin thrives with adequate essential oils in the diet and loves their topical application as well."
Another powerhouse nutrient for skin? Seaweed. "It‘‘s the best food I know," says Susan Ciminelli, director of the Susan Ciminelli Day Spa in New York City. "You can bathe in it, eat it in salads, use it in masks, and it‘‘s loaded with minerals and trace elements." You feel and see the benefits, she says. "My clients who have started both eating and topically applying seaweed products find their skin looks better and they have more energy; it also helps with water retention and inflammation and helps to cleanse your liver." Ciminelli recently published The Ciminelli Solution: A 7-Day Plan for Radiant Skin (Harper Collins, 2006), which provides recipes for skin-enhancing meals, as well as masks and spa treatments you can make at home with common foods.
Other healing foods for the skin include oregano oil and oatmeal. "If someone is suffering from an abscess or has a skin infection, I like to use oregano oil on the surface of their skin, since oregano oil is a powerful antimicrobial agent," says Alan Dattner, MD, a holistic dermatologist in New York City. "And though it works internally very well also, some people have a hard time taking it orally because it is so bitter and so powerful."
Dattner prescribes an array of healing foods to treat other skin conditions as well. He often recommends oatmeal for both internal and external use. "Oatmeal is an incredible topical product," he says. "Oatmeal products are great for inflamed skin, for drawing out impurities and for calming it down." Although you can buy oatmeal products like Aveeno, you also can make an oatmeal poultice yourself. As for eating oatmeal, Dattner recommends cooking it until the oats turn milky white for the maximum calming effect.
Sniff but don‘‘t snack
Despite the yummy smell of food-based beauty products, resist the urge to take a lick. While you can slather some foods directly on yourself, not all food-based skin products are edible. "In orde...
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