I thought some natural skin care tips would be of value to many of us who have already experienced skin cancer, especially on the face and other exposed areas.
I've had surgeries, freezing, chemo-creams and even radiation …yet I still want to look good.
I'm sure we all do!
For me, proper skin care started making its way into my life during my cancer treatments back in 1990.
I was being counseled by several alternative health counselors to recover from some aggressive treatments and regain my health. The first and most important change was in my diet and lifestyle. We weren’t targeting just one part of my body, but the body as a whole.
Skin is a major part of our bodies.
Skin must be nourished from within as well as without.
Vitamins for skin should not only be applied topically, but should be ingested and digested properly in our daily diet.
Including vitamins for skin health in your foods and supplements is essential.
The elimination of toxins from our diet and topical skincare products along with proper nutrition in our food will begin to clear and energize our skin.
My daily diet was a macrobiotic diet and it covered all the following natural skin care tips.
No need to be even be thinking in terms of `skincare`; simply following healthy eating and lifestyle habits…your skin will follow!
•Healthy skin is a reflection of a healthy digestive system. What shows on the outside reflects what's going on inside. Certain skin disorders such as psoriasis, acne and rosacea are often a result of a poor digestive system.
•Some causes of a poor digestive system would be a poor diet and not enough digestive enzymes and probiotics in your food intake or supplements.
•It is essential to drink enough water and do all your cooking preparation with fresh pure water. This would mean installing a good water filter for drinking and cooking. I've been using a Multi-Pure system for over 20 years. Even better for drinking is a bottled spring water with natural minerals, such as Mountain Valley Spring Water.
•Be sure to include enough fiber in your diet. Choose whole grains, fresh local fruits and vegetables, beans and legumes, seeds and nuts to keep your fiber intake up. This occurs without even thinking about it, if you're eating a healthy, well balanced diet.
•When it comes to premature aging, excess amounts of sugar are not your friend. Over time this will bring about damage to the collagen in skin, ligaments and cartilage. The skin will lose elasticity, wrinkles and sagging will occur.Eliminating sugar and eating healthy can reverse this.
•Sugar can be an addiction, making it hard to completely quit all at once. Eliminate all artificial sweeteners and processed products containing artificial sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup or corn syrup. Eliminate little by little, it necessary, and your goal is to eliminate it all.
•Use real sugar or healthy substitutes (as long as you need a sweetener, but do take steps to reduce it and totally stop. Some healthy choices would be Stevia, Raw Honey, Agave Nectar, Maple Syrup, Brown Rice Syrup, Barley Malt Syrup, or Organic Sugar. You will be surprised how you can find these sweeteners so satisfying. As you continue to eat healthy, you will find satisfying rich sweet tastes in simple vegetables such as turnips, turnip greens, parsnips and many more.
•Our bodies cannot live without essential fatty acids. They can keep our heart healthy, fight against inflammation and help to prevent cancer. Fatty acids help those with inflammatory conditions of the skin such as acne, eczema and dry skin.
•Sources of essential fats are:
1.Flaxseeds or flaxseed oil
2.Some green vegetables such as kale, dandelion greens, collard greens, spinach offer the most omega-3 fatty acids.
3.Nuts, such as walnuts, pecans and pistachios. Walnuts provide the most.
4.Soybean, canola or olive oil
5.A favorite breakfast food of mine is whole oat groats, cooked slowly, (sometimes overnight). They naturally contain GLA (gamma linolenic acid), an essential fatty acid and lots of other beneficial nutrients. I find them sweet and delicious and I rarely use any sweeteners. For a little variation I, once in a while, use brown rice syrup.
• This is an important step you shouldn't leave out of natural skin care tips.
• Do this in the morning before a shower. You’ll improve your circulation, decrease stagnancy and puffiness, and help strengthen your immune system. It's invigorating and just makes you feel good.
• It removes dead skin and allows the skin to detoxify. You’ll feel better and your skin will look better.It's a positive factor for your mind to realize your skin is regenerating itself.
• Find yourself a soft, natural bristle brush like some of these I found at Amazon. I was told to do this by an alternative health counselor when I first began my cancer fight back in 1990.
It’s not unusual when following these natural skin care tips to have outbreaks on your skin … such as rashes, pimples, etc.
Don’t think the healthy diet is your problem, because likely it's not. Your body is simply eliminating toxins and some are discharging through your skin. (Some of those toxins have come into your body through poor food choices and unsafe cosmetics.)
Stick with your diet or make a slower transition.
It wouldn’t be a bad idea to be counseled by an alternative professional.
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Hi! My name is Nick and I’m 56 yrs. old and this is part of my story. Let me tell you, I was like a lot of people out there and I had no idea that skin cancer was anything bad. I had Basal cell back in 2007, but that was no big deal and it was removed and that was the end of that. No one told me that it was a type of skin cancer (I looked it up on my computer). But still no big deal, it would not kill me.
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