by A. Grano on April 8th, 2010 at 7:00 am
Everyone used to joke around with me, calling me a ‘tanorexic’ long before the term was recognized in the medical community. All through high school and college, I dutifully frequented the tanning beds. I knew it was harmful, but similar to a smoker addicted to cigarettes, I didn’t focus on the dangers of it and kept going.
Thankfully, a busy work schedule following graduation broke my habit, but I wasn’t alone. An estimated 30 million people in the U.S. visit tanning salons every year and studies actually show participants displaying physiological withdrawal symptoms after discontinuing use. However, after the US Department of Health & Human Services announced last year that UV radiation is a proven carcinogen, whether from the sun or artificial sources, I started looking for ways to improve my skin’s health.
A New View on Healthy Skin
It’s not precisely known when tanning became a trend, but pop culture dates it back to the 1920’s with Coco Chanel declaring tanning “in”, with skin the new symbol of health and youth. Even with all the fake tanners available on the market, I wanted to focus on getting healthier skin—without a glow of any kind.
Skin Habits to Ditch
Aside from sun and indoor tanning damage, many of us are probably guilty of the contributors to wrinkles and sagging skin, including:
- Poor diet
- Lack of vitamins and minerals
- Excessive intake of alcohol
- Scrubbing the skin with harsh substances
- Sleeping on your side or stomach
- Frowning and squinting
Eliminating these habits can greatly enhance the tone and appearance of the skin.
Skin Tactics to Practice
A holistic lifestyle encompassing a healthy diet, regular exercise, stress management, and restful sleep will all go a long way in maintaining and even improving skin condition.
In addition, protecting your face during sun exposure plus moisturizing daily can help keep skin hydrated and prevent premature aging. Exfoliate regularly, but be gentle when cleansing. Use light circular motions and avoid harsh chemicals.
Extra Skin Boosters from Nature
Natural remedies have been used for centuries to support and maintain skin health by retaining moisture and elasticity as well as alleviating wrinkles. Herbal cleavers, red clover and dandelion are known for their tonic properties, including blood purification and lymphatic cleansing, thus promoting an inner glow.
Other herbs such as horsetail and rosemary can also be beneficial – helping to smooth, soften and retain supple texture, while helping to strengthen and tone the skin.
Homeopathic ingredients also nourish skin cells, such as Natrium muriaticum, Kalium muriaticum and Kalium sulphate, support the regenerative processes of the skin.
ClearSkin Skin Wash™ gently cleanses and nourishes skin to promote soft, smooth texture.