I hope everyone had a great weekend. It certainly could have been warmer, but I know we’ll get there soon enough! In the mean time, we can get our dry skin ready for summer. Aloe can help, of course.
Exfoliating helps to slough off dead, dry winter skin and improve its appearance.There are many different exfoliating products on the market. It is best to know your skin and choose something that is not too tough on your skin. I found a probiotic exfoliator containing Aloe online that, “combines active plant extracts with organic nutrients”. This product contains:
- Pearl extract: to protect from UV rays
- Aloe Vera: contains the nutrients, minerals, amino acids, and vitamins, repair the damaged cells and keeps the skin tight and healthy
- Papaya: to eliminate dead and damaged skin cells and promote regeneration of healthy new skin cells
It is a non abrasive exfoliator removing just the dead skin as you massage it. Also check out our article about homemade exfoliators. In addition to exfoliation, plenty of water and a healthy diet enables skin to rejuvenate from the inside out. Here are some important skin vitamins:
Vitamin A – Can be found in Milk, egg-yolk, carrots, dark leafy veggies like spinach, broccoli, and watercress. It neutralizes harmful elements helping to prevent wrinkles and acne. (It is dangerous to take Vitamin A supplements without the supervision of a doctor because it gets stored in the liver and an excess can cause severe liver damage. Also, Vitamin A supplements taken when pregnant can cause birth defects)
Vitamin B Complex – Can be found in cheese, milk, nuts, soybeans, cauliflower, corn, green peas, lentils, mushrooms, meat, fish, eggs, peanut butter, poultry, wholegrain foods like oats, and liver. It does wonders for your skin tone as well as for your hair and nails.
Vitamin C - Found in fruit juice, fruits and veggies. I go for the peaches, papayas, pineapples, kiwis, strawberries, and oranges. This would be a great time to make some smoothies. Also the sweet peppers (red, yellow and orange), broccoli, brussels sprouts, and sweet potato are high in Vitamin C. Using the form of L-ascorbic acid can help increase collagen, protect against UV rays and wrinking, and neutralize free radicals.
Vitamin E - Can be found in sunflower seeds, vegetable oil, tomato products, mixed nuts, carrots, broccoli, spinach, greens, and sweet potatoes. It is great to use topically as well because it’s antioxidant activity helps protect from UV light, pollution, drugs, and other elements that can produce cell damaging free radicals. It reduces fine lines and wrinkles along with stretch marks and age spots.
Zinc – Can be found in beef, lamb, pork, crab meat, turkey, chicken, lobster, clams, and salmon. It helps to heal wounds, treat acne. Also it keeps your hair, skin, and nails in peak condition. It tames oiliness, helps skin clear sooner, and helps scars to heal when used orally or topically.