• Healthy Skin Tips and Advice from Experts


    Dr. Howard Murad is a board-certified dermatologist, a pharmacist and an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine (Dermatology) at theUniversityofCalifornia–Los Angeles(UCLA). He is also the author developer of the Cellular Water Principle® and the author of several best-selling books including Wrinkle Free Forever, The Cellulite Solution and The Water Secret. Whether your skin care concern is anti aging and anti wrinkle, cellulite control, combination skin, dry and sensitive skin or acne treatment, Dr. Murad’s groundbreaking concepts of Internal Skincare® and Inclusive Healthcare® can get you healthy, beautiful skin. Following the pillars of Inclusive Healthcare as detailed below are the first keys to perfect-looking, glowing skin no matter what your skin care issue is.


    The Healthy Skin Diet

    Diet most definitely plays a role in the health of your skin. Your skin is your body’s largest organ, and therefore the health of your skin is directly related to the health of your body. It may sound cliché, but the idea that you are what you eat is true.


    What NOT To Eat for Healthy Skin: Unfortunately, in our world of busy schedules and convenient, pre-packaged and pre-prepared food, many of us eat diets that are heavy on fast food, junk food and processed food. Those foods often don’t provide the nutrients that you need for a healthy body and, specifically, for healthy skin. While these foods may make you feel as though you are full, the are typically not providing you with the proper nutrition for a healthy body and healthy skin.


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    What You SHOULD Eat for Healthy Skin: The basic rule of thumb is this: “If it’s fresh, it’s good for your skin.” Fresh fruits and vegetables are not only great sources of nutrition, they are typically high in antioxidants. Antioxidants are nature’s warriors against the free radicals that enter your system from daily exposure to UV rays and environmental pollution. When your system is full of antioxidants, it balances skin tone and reduces inflammatory acne. However, most importantly, antioxidants work against the development of the signs of aging on your face both preventatively and retroactively. Finally, the more fresh fruits and vegetables that you eat, the more you stay hydrated. Healthy skin is hydrated skin, no matter how you look at it. The cellular makeup of water in fruits and vegetables stays in your system longer and therefore means that you’re more hydrated, more healthy and more beautiful.


    Healthy Skin and Water

    As noted above, healthy skin is hydrated skin. There are two ways to keep your skin hydrated, and you should make sure to be doing both of them. The first is to drink your recommended eight glasses of water per day. Over half of the human body is made up of water, so replenishing your water throughout the day is important not only in that it keeps your body healthy but also in that it helps to flush toxins from your system. However, it’s important to remember that not all beverages are created equally. Drinking water, natural juices and even green tea, which is loaded with antioxidants, is great. Drinking soda pop, sports drinks or sugary juices or punch is going to fill your system with refined sugar and other preservatives which hydrates you less and also can have an overall negative impact on your health. While caffeinated beverages aren’t specifically bad for you, too much caffeine can create an over-active adrenal gland, which then results in too many androgens and can result in acne breakouts.


    You should also be sure to eat your water throughout the day as discussed above. The water that you get from fruits and vegetables is not only healthy for you but also helps you to stay hydrated for longer throughout the day.


    Healthy Skin and Stress Management

    No matter what your skin care concern, Cultural Stress™ can have an impact on body health and skin health. Our lives a stressful, but it’s important to find ways to reduce that stress. Whether that is through yoga, an exercise regimen, simply finding some quiet “you” time during the day or actively eliminating things that cause you stress from your life, stress can aggravate acne breakouts and intensify the signs of aging on your skin. Stress absolutely impacts your overall healthy, and therefore it’s a significant element in the health of your skin.


    Likewise, sleep deprivation, which is often related to stress, can impact the appearance and texture of your skin. It’s important that you get a full night of sleep each night. Don’t let stress and a busy, loud mind keep you awake and result in a tired body and a tired complexion.


    Healthy Skin and Sun Damage

    Keep your skin protected from the sun! Nothing does more long-term damage to the skin than exposure to UV rays. Make sure that you are using sun block or sunscreen whenever you go out into the sun. Not only can sun exposure cause wrinkles, sun and age spots and visible damage to the skin, but it can put you at risk for skin diseases. Not only, of course, should you stay out of the natural sun without sun block or sun screen, but you should absolutely under no circumstances use a tanning bed. There are plenty of other opportunities to give your skin a healthy, sun-kissed glow without choosing to intentionally damage your skin and put yourself at risk.


    Healthy Skin and Toxins

    The more that you can reduce your exposure to toxins in your skin care and household products, the better off you and your skin will be. And, it should go without saying that if you smoke cigarettes you should stop! Not only is smoking unhealthy, but each time you inhale from a cigarette you inhale over 400 toxins that not only harm your skin, they also harm your body.


    Healthy skin is beautiful skin, and it’s more than what skin products and treatments you use. Just like any other health issue in your life, lifestyle choices can have just as much impact on your skin as cleansers, moisturizers and treatment products. Be beautiful from the inside out. Your skin and your body will thank you.


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