The Foundation Of Healthy Skin
Fats have a central role to play in your health, being the second largest compound in the body after water. Unfortunately many people have been misled into believing that fat should be avoided. The right fats are crucial to our overall health, and when the right fats are missing from our diet, health will be compromised. The reason for this is that the right fats are required in every single cell membrane, so if they are missing, every single cell in your body will be unable to do its job effectively.
Skin cells are special because you can see them
Obviously skin cells are special because unlike the cells inside our body we can see them very clearly. Common symptoms of skin lacking the right fats are: dry, flaky skin, prematurely aging skin like wrinkles, skin disorders like rashes or eczema, thin skin and skin that bruises easily.
Having healthy cell membranes is therefore the foundation of all health, including skin health. This is why it is generally possible to see how healthy someone is by looking at their skin.
Replacing the bad fats in the membranes of your skin cells with the right fats will result in significant improvements in the quality of your skin, simply because your skin cells can function more effectively, by replacing themselves and retaining moisture more efficiently.
In summary – the right fats in the membrane of your skin are the foundation to healthy and good looking skin.
Other aspects to skin health
Although the right fats form the foundation SkinCell PRO of healthy skin, there are some other aspects to skin health that you may have to consider if your skin is not 100% healthy yet.
- Water is the number one compound in the human body – Water has a number of very important functions to perform in your body and brain, and can transform the way your skin looks, because of these functions. Water flushes wastes and toxins out of your cells, excreting them through your kidneys, bowels, and skin. Water has the ability to carry nutrients, such as glucose and amino acids, as well as other nutrients, to every cell in your body – and brain. So, dehydration will affect your skin and the nutrients it receives from your blood stream, making your skin look dry, pasty and unhealthy. Drinking fruit juices and soft/soda drinks doesn’t supply water to the body, although they are liquids, because the body has to break them down first, due to their sugar and salt content. So the body treats them like food initially, using digestive juices to break them down. If there is a little water left over, it is not sufficient to provide adequate water to the body. Only real, pure water can do that. Drink 300ml’s for every 10kg’s of body weight.
- Sometimes a specific food can be your skins enemy – Food allergies or intolerances are often noted on the skin, simply because the skin is second largest organ in the human body. If you are eating a specific food that your body battles to digest, and absorb, then understandably your skin may reflect that problem. By removing a suspect food from your diet for a period of 2 weeks – 3 months, you will be able to note any changes in your behaviour and physical health. The most common foods that provoke an allergic response are as follows, with food additives known to cause skin reactions at the end of the list:
- Wheat (and other gluten grains, such as oats, rye and barley)
- milk or dairy products
- fish (including shellfish)
- legumes (soya, green peas, lima beans, peanuts)
- MSG (E621/621)
- Sulphites/metasulphites/metabisulphites (E221/221 and E223/223)
- Tartrazine(E102/102) and BHA (E320/320).
Undergo this elimination diet under the guidance of an expert in food allergies, and sensitivities, who will be able to help you eliminate all the possibly offending foods, and guide you in choosing suitable alternatives.
- Manufacturers make food that won’t go off – but your skin can
Processed foods and sugar can play havoc with your skin. We weren’t designed to consume nutrient deficient food, so our bodies don’t cope well with it, and unfortunately, one of the first places to see the damage of such a sugar-laden diet, is on your skin. Sugar and refined carbohydrates cause blood sugar imbalances and poor skin quality. This is because collagen, the specialized protein that skin is made up of, is especially sensitive to refined sugar. Sugar causes skin to look lacklustre, and also causes breakouts. Tiny compounds called Advanced Glycation End products are formed through the action of sugar on collagen, which cause wrinkles.