Everyone knows that we should eat more vegetables. I'm sure you can hear your mom’s voice in your head right now saying “eat your broccoli!” or “No dessert until those veggies are gone!”. Mom and Dad were right about ingesting more veggies and you are probably guilty of using those same Mom-isms on your kids. But we’re here at Oasis Skin Care Clinic to remind you that you can “Wear Your Veggies” on your skin too! Ask us if this natural treatment can complement your current home skin-care routine.
We’ve all seen those TV shows and photos of some wealthy woman wearing cucumbers on her eyes, usually accompanied by a mask of light-green Noxema relaxing in a posh spa.
You might not believe it but the lowly cucumber is a pretty powerful skin friend. People have found that cucumber extract has high levels of antioxidants, is good for acne, strengthens the skin barrier, and all-in-all promotes significantly healthier skin. Who’d a thunk it? Those rich folks were on to something! You could start with cucumber water and use it for eye or face compresses. Here’s how it could be done:
Be sure to make this fresh daily. Don’t re-use it. If you run the above ingredients through a juicer, you could add it to other face treatments such as dry exfoliating or clay-based treatments. (Be sure to make fresh batches when needed!)
Summer is in full force. Here are some tips to help beat the heat and stay on track with your health.
1. Workout in the morning. A morning workout routine will ramp your body full of endorphins to help jump-start the day. Avoid exercising outside from the hours of 10 am to 2 pm when the sun is directly overhead. Mid-day heat can kill your energy levels and can increase the risk of heat stroke or dehydration.
2. Stay hydrated. The importance of drinking water should be a regular part of your day, but it is especially important during the summer months. (See our delicious hydration recipe above). Extreme temperatures cause our bodies to lose water faster. We should drink water even if we don't feel thirsty in the summer to prevent the risk of dehydration
3. Wear sunscreen, even if you're only outside for a short time. Aging skin is an accumulation of years of sun damage. Your skin is at risk even when you're walking from your car to work. Wear at least a 30 SPF on exposed skin. If you're working or playing outside make sure to reapply every four hours.
4. Shop at the farmer's market. Clean eating is so easy when you have access to local produce and summer is a great time of year to find an abundance of fruits, vegetables and herbs. Plus you'll be supporting the community and avoiding most of the pesticides and chemicals used in grocery store produce.
5. Take advantage of the grill. Grill any of your fruits and veggies for a delicious way to increase your antioxidants while avoiding those unhealthy compounds. If you go for meat, cut down on your grill time by using skewers. You can have a complete meal on one stick.
Peptides are amino acid groups that are held together by nitrogen and carbon bonds. Science calls these the building blocks of life and has proven that peptides occur naturally in the skin to help keep it firm. How do peptides make your skin look younger? Easy, by priming or encouraging stimulation of a natural process involving collagen. Your skin’s main building block is a protein called collagen. To make it, amino acid segments come together to produce the structure of collagen, which then creates the structure we call skin.
When caring for our skin we have to be as careful as we can to use the best products we can find or afford while making sure that we are not introducing harsh chemicals into our systems unnecessarily. Often we see branding on products that make the skin care solution seem like it is chemical free only to find many words we can’t pronounce when we look at the list of ingredients.
In reality, even the most “natural” product you can find will be required by law to do what it can to mitigate mold and bacterial growth and thus will have some type of preservative added.
The problem is that some companies realize that they can potentially sell more product and lose less of it to spoilage if they can leave it on the store shelves for a longer period of time. So they might really load up the product with chemical preservatives to maximize profits. And it is likely that you’ll be putting an unnecessary chemical load into your system if you use this product, which works against your goal of healthy, radiant skin. Smart consumers are looking deeper into manufacturers who utilize natural preservatives. Your skin care professional will be able to guide you to the most current and best product lines.