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How to Care for Your Skin's Health

We read a lot about how to take care of our hearts, brains, joints and other body parts. But, we don't hear too much about how to take care of our skin's health.

When you think about it, it really doesn't make sense to neglect the skin. The skin is your first line of defense against illness and injury.

If the barrier is healthy and strong, it provides protection against viruses and other germs. Injuries that would otherwise be serious are minor, because the skin serves as a shield.

There are specialized cells within your skin's epidermis layer that produce anti-bodies to prevent infection. From the outermost to the innermost layer, each one is designed to protect the deeper layers from damage.

Enough said. The health of your skin is important to the health of the rest of your body.

In terms of your appearance, healthy skin glows. It is smooth and blemish-free.

There are many conditions and diseases that affect the skin directly. Acne, eczema and psoriasis are among the most common. Skin cancer is the most serious.

Fine lines, wrinkles, sagging and uneven pigmentation are usually blamed on the aging process. But, they are not a natural part of the aging process. Not everyone has them. They are basically signs that the skin is not in the best of health.

Ideally, you would take a holistic approach. To treat or prevent disease and the visible signs of aging, you should care for your skin from the inside out and from the outside in.

To care for your skin from the inside out means eating right and being sure to get enough nutrients.

Which foods have a negative effect on your skin's health and appearance?

Research indicates that the simple carbs are bad choices for anyone with acne or inflammatory diseases like eczema. Simple carbs also contribute to wrinkles.

Cow's milk and dairy products have also been blamed for contributing to acne breakouts, although the reason is unclear. The science behind the problem with simple carbs is pretty easy to understand.

Simple carbs include breads and baked goods, white potatoes and yellow corn, white rice and most pasta. Because these foods are quick to digest, they cause spikes in blood sugar and insulin levels.

Insulin stimulates the skin's oil-producing sebaceous glands and contributes to inflammation of the body's cells. Inflammation and excess sebum production are two of the main causes of acne breakouts.

The spike in blood sugar can start a chain reaction that ends with the production of grotesque molecules called Advanced Glycation End-products or AGEs. AGEs are good names for the molecules, because they contribute to wrinkles and aging throughout the body.

AGEs contain a combination of protein and glucose that cannot be used by the cells for energy. If they get inside of the cells, they can harden and kill them. But enough of the bad stuff, let's talk about some good stuff.

Which foods have a positive effect on the skin's health and appearance?

Complex carbs, the opposite of the simple ones, have a positive effect. Complex carbs include whole unprocessed grains like oatmeal, fruits, vegetables, lentils and legumes.

According to researchers the antioxidants found in fruits, vegetables and other foods can help protect against acne and sun damage, which is a cause of wrinkles and skin cancer.

Your body needs specific nutrients to build new skin cells and fibers. When old cells and fibers are damaged, the body can quickly replace them, assuming it has the right nutrients.

The replacement process can slow down as we get older, unless we take steps to keep it stimulated. Eating right. . . getting plenty of antioxidants and other nutrients. . . is a part of keeping the process stimulated.

The body uses the amino acids found in protein-rich foods to produce new collagen and elastin fibers. New skin cells are composed of a simple structural protein called keratin.

The elastic fibers are responsible for your skin's firmness. Older skin may contain less collagen, which is a cause of sagging and dark circles under the eyes. Decreased production of new skin cells can accompany the aging process, which would cause the skin to sag and become thinner. Thin skin is more easily damaged.

Vitamin C is needed for your body to build strong collagen fibers. Low blood levels of the vitamins A and E are associated with acne. All three of those vitamins are antioxidants, which the body needs to prevent and repair free radical damage.

Free radical damage is one of the main causes of skin aging.

The omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil can help reduce inflammation throughout the body and they have antioxidant activity. There is a ton of research about omega-3s. Benefits have been seen in conditions like acne and eczema.

One study showed an increase in the skin's firmness after several months of supplementation. If you aren't already taking a fish oil supplement for heart and joint health, you should start. Just be sure to choose a good one.

Now, it's time to talk about caring for your skin from the outside in.

In order to maintain the protective barrier, you need to clean it on a regular basis. However, dermatologists report seeing numerous problems caused directly by over-cleansing.

They also report that many people fail to moisturize after cleansing. Moisturizing afterwards could have prevented most of the problems caused by over-cleansing.

Scrubbing causes irritation. Harsh cleansers cause even more irritation. Those things aggravate acne breakouts and increase the risk of infection. No amount of scrubbing can remove blackheads. They are plugs composed of dead skin cells and sebum, the oil produced by the skin.

The use of exfoliants and antibacterial cleansers on a daily basis is unnecessary and bad for the environment. The plastic beads found in most exfoliants are not biodegradable. They kill fish and other wildlife.

Antibacterial cleansers contain triclosan, a synthetic agent that has now become a water pollutant. It contributes to the formation of more resistant bacteria. When combined with the chlorine in publicly treated water, cancer-causing chloroform can be produced.

Soaps often contain sodium laurel sulfate, which is a known irritant. Anyone with eczema should avoid it.

So, what do you use to clean your skin?

Castile soap is still the best choice for daily cleansing. It is made from olive oil and is available in liquids and bars.

Every two weeks, you should use a deep cleansing mask containing kaolin and bentone gel, clay extracts that gently pull dirt, dead skin cells and toxins out of the pores. This will help remove and prevent blackheads.

Xtendlife makes an excellent deep cleansing mask that contains the clay extracts and active manuka honey. Manuka has proven antibacterial and antioxidant activity. Because it is a natural ingredient, it is completely biodegradable. You don't have to worry about it causing damage to the environment.

To sum up the cleansing section, choose gentle cleansers containing natural ingredients for daily use and use a deep cleansing mask every two weeks. The next step is very important.

Always Moisturize After Cleansing

Moisturizers soften and protect the skin's outer layers. No matter how gentle the cleanser, it will strip away the skin's natural oils. Even plain tap water does that.

Once the oils are stripped away, the result is excessive dryness. Dry skin is more easily damaged by friction and wind. Chronic dry skin is also a cause of wrinkles.

Moisturizers are complex mixtures of lubricants, humectants and emollients.

Lubricants reduce friction. They should give your skin a slippery, but not a greasy feeling. They reduce the risk of calluses and razor burns.

Humectants pull moisture out of the air and into your skin. Emollients soften. Some moisturizing ingredients act as emollients, humectants and lubricants.

It is important to note that many of the ingredients included in cheap creams and lotions are not actually moisturizing. Many companies choose to include petrolatum, petroleum jelly, mineral oil or paraffin wax in their products.

Those ingredients are not actually moisturizers. They are nothing more than cheap fillers. Instead of improving your skin's health and appearance, they can make it worse.

They change the natural pH balance, increase the risk of infection and pull moisture out of the skin instead of into it. They are not absorbed, so they cause a greasy feeling. They clog the pores and contribute to acne breakouts.

Ingredients that are truly moisturizing include

Moisturizers can also help protect against free radical damage and stimulate the skin's natural rejuvenation processes, if they contain the right ingredients. In other words, good skincare products can fight the causes of skin aging and reduce the visible signs of aging.

Certain compounds have proven to be effective for

The compounds that provide those benefits are Xtend TK Keratin, nano-lipobelle HEQ10, HALOXYL, EYELISS, avocado oil, Shea butter, Wakame kelp extract and Extra-pone nut grass root.

While some companies may include one or two of those ingredients in their anti-aging creams, you will only find all of them in skincare products made by Xtendlife.

Xtendlife manufactures nutritional supplements and nourishing skincare products. All of their creams and lotions contain Xtend TK Keratin, wakame kelp extract and nano-lipobelle HEQ10. Those three ingredients address the primary causes of skin aging.

In addition to those three important ingredients, the day creams contain grape seed oil and natural vitamin E, which prevents age spots and free radical damage.

The night creams contain avocado oil, Shea butter and active manuka honey to help heal existing blemishes and prevent new ones from forming.

The whitening day cream contains Extra-pone nut grass root, proven to significantly inhibit melanin production, which reduces pigmentation in just a few weeks.

The under-eye serums contain HALOXYL and EYELISS, proven to reduce bags and puffiness in six weeks or less.

The deep moisturizing masks contain macadamia oil and a nutrient called Rigin, proven to improve the firmness and elasticity of the neckline by as much as 40%.

I recommend Xtendlife products for many reasons. I use them myself. They have a no hassle 100% satisfaction guarantee. They do not use any allergens, toxins or irritants in their products.

The price for the anti-aging day cream is about a third of what you would pay for one of the famous brand names. And, right now, they are offering free samples.

You cannot go wrong with Xtendlife!

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