Caring for your biggest organ is important!
Your skin is the largest organ of your body and acts to protect you. It’s easy to take your skin for granted, but it is so important for the health of your body. But how do you go about caring for your skin? And what are the best ways to care for your skin? It can be quite confusing.
Achieving the perfect moisture level can be complicated and challenging. If your skin is dry you can age and have irritated, itchy skin. If your skin is overly moist you can have acne from clogged pores and it’s just socially seen as unsightly. The “best” is the combination” skin…that’s where you have some areas that are dry and overly moist my favorite…in the most sarcastic inner voice.)
It’s been my experience that men seem to not notice or care and women spend a lot of time correcting their skin…and a lot of money! It’s also my experience that what you do in life often shows in your skin, so you really can’t hide your health for too long.
If you have dry skin, you may want to consider:
- Washing less often as you’re washing away precious oils
- Are you having a reaction to a change in your diet or allergies?
- Lower the temperature of your shower…hot water is not great for skin!
- Increase your water as you may be dehydrated internally
- Try increasing your electrolytes, specifically your magnesium, potassium and sodium through either foods higher in these nutrients or supplementation
- Change your moisturizers and lotions for something more natural, perhaps coconut oil (refined has no smell) or even making your own concoction
- Perhaps increasing oil and fat consumption, fish oil or fatty fish, Vitamin E, Krill oil, coconut, olive and avocado oils should all help to add moisture internally
If you have overly moist skin, you may want to consider:
- Make sure you’re using oil-free moisturizers and lotions
- Wash your skin up to twice daily
- Consider a possible hormone imbalance (Androgens) that might need addressing, or even addressing ovary or adrenal issues
- Supplement with zinc, DIM
- Increase cruciferous vegetables, like cauliflower and broccoli
- Try lower stress, decreasing carbs (20g or less daily) and intermittent fasting (IF)
If you have combination skin, you’re in real trouble: (Just kidding!)
- You may need to review both lists above and focus on increasing supplements or dietary needs to address lack of good oils, nutrients and a possible hormone issue
- Also, don’t wash your skin with harsh soap or cleansers, with water that is hot and always moisturize
- Consider trouble shooting specific areas, like putting coconut oil on the dry spots only instead of your entire arm
- Definitely, lower your stress, carb intake and try IF
You want to protect your skin! You’re doing a lot to help improve your health, so don’t be crazy and forget to protect your skin. Conventional wisdom is to cover your skin, avoid the direct sunlight at the highest points of the day (usually between 11am and 2pm), and slather on chemical laden sunscreen/sunblock.
I’m not sure if you can tell, but I’m not a conventional wisdom follower. I prefer to know the conventional wisdom, understand how the conclusion came about (why) and really decide for myself if it’s best for me and my family. In no way do I think you should just do what I say without considering your options and making an informed decision for yourself. I also am a-okay with you doing something different than I do (no judgement).
With that said, I generally avoid the direct sunlight midday, usually because it’s really hot and I don’t like it, but also because that’s when my skin burns the fastest. I do coverup, but I’m not wearing long sleeves and pants on a Summer day, that’s just not happening…read previous sentence about being hot. And I don’t use sunblock or sunscreen. I know, crazy right?
I really find the correlation between skin cancer increasing and the use of sunscreens/sunblocks interesting and something I cannot avoid. People lived for hundreds or thousands of years before this invention of covering your skin in chemicals to avoid burns. I would rather put mud on my skin than whatever is in that spray bottle! I’ve felt this way for many years, far longer than I’ve been doing Keto. I find that I can avoid being burned with simply covering up and avoiding the midday sun.
Interestingly, I recently read something about someone saying that they increased their Vitamin B (I don’t recall which one, so just take a complex), D2 and K3 and it helped their skin to not burn as quickly. It made me think about skin protection from the inside out, instead of the outside in. I kind of like this and looked a little further. You should know, I’m a pale white lady that tanned fine when I was a kid but as I got older and more pale, I just burn very quickly (pre-Keto). I also have read some people adding other supplements to their diet to increase skin protection, including beta-carotene, astaxanthin, and Vitamins A & C. The original blog can be found here.
This summer I find myself with more energy and interest in being outside. I’m certain it’s because of Keto. Anyhow, I am increasing my supplements to include beta-carotene, astaxathin, and Vitamin A (I already take C). I’m curious as to how my body will react…I’ll certainly let you know!
Prevent Sun Damage:
- Cover your skin with clothes or an umbrella
- Remember that cloud coverage is not helpful! I remember this from childhood.
- Avoiding the direct sunlight midday when the sun is at it’s highest point
- Have healthy skin!!! Consider increasing supplements to improve skin health, Vitamins C & A, beta-carotene, etc
Healing Burned Skin:
- Avoid direct sunlight if your skin is already burned..give it a chance to heal
- Use aloe vera to help sooth the burn and assist in the healing process (Aloe vera is a great plan that’s hard to kill, consider having one at your home…it’s great for burns, cuts and other skin issues)
- Avoid stress and other inflammatory add-ons…your body will heal faster
- Add oils to moisturize and hopefully help your skin heal, instead of blister and peel
Check out Part 2 of this series where I talk about aging and how to help improve your skin to look as young and fresh as possible (without doing anything crazy!)
And, as always, be sure to check out the facebook group for support, encouragement, success stories and recipes at www.facebook.com/groups/beckdoesketo!