Posted by: Mae | February 4, 2008

Send a Valentine to your Skin

“Beauty is more than skin deep”, the saying goes. But did you know that skin plays a much bigger part in our lives than giving us a tidy outward appearance? For example, skin:
-serves as a buffer to protect your internal organs
-helps regulate body temperature
-keeps pathogens out of the body
-is an important organ in eliminating toxins and waste products from the body.

Keeping the body contained and shielded from life’s inevitable scrapes and bumps means the skin is continually renewing itself. Your skin is made of layers of cells. New cells are created at the lower level and move up through the layers of skin as new cells are created. When they reach the outermost level, at the surface, they have become dry and somewhat hardened. Eventually they shed as the next level of cells ages beneath them.

Many factors, such as your body’s normal aging process, can slow this pattern of cell turnover and renewal. Skin loses its youthful glow and takes on a dull unhealthy appearance as dead cells build up on the surface. You can, however, stimulate cell growth and recapture that glow, as well as improve your skin’s detoxification process by following some easy (and pleasurable) recommendations.

1. Drink 8 to 10 glasses of water per day. This helps eliminate toxins through sweat and hydrates your skin, plumping up the individual cells.

2. Eating a high-fiber diet rich in vitamins and minerals provides your skin and body with essential building blocks for health cell growth. It can also lower your body’s overall toxic load, especially if your diet consists mainly of organically grown, minimally processed foods.

3. Take regular exercise. It improves blood circulation, bringing oxygen and nutrients to the skin.

4. Exfoliate regularly by dry-brushing or using a scrub. I like Sensaria’s Moisturizing Salt Glow. The salts gently exfoliate and contain trace minerals beneficial to the skin while oils from safflower and grapeseed attract and seal in moisture to the freshly exposed skin cells. And it’s luxurious without being overly oily. Follow up with a moisturizer for extra nutrients and hydration.

5. Get regular massage! It boosts circulation of blood and lymph, aiding in the delivery of nutrients to, and removal of waste from, the skin. Cell renewal is also aided by the reduction in stress. Stress hormones can cause tissues to break down rather than rebuild. Another example of how stress affects so much more than your mind!

By following these suggestions, your skin is pampered, soothed, calmed, and renewed. You enjoy improved health, glowing beautiful skin, and the pleasure that comes from caring for yourself.

To schedule a massage, call 971-645-3217.
To learn more about Sensaria products, visit my site.

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