The skin is the body’s largest organ. Besides being a protective shell it has many functions such as regulating our body temperature, making and storing Vitamin D, and eliminating toxins. In fact, it is responsible for releasing one third of the body’s toxins. Similar to other organs in our body the skin needs proper nutrition for optimal health.

Here are some skin nutrition and supplement tips.

Water: For most individuals drinking about 1/2 body weight in ounces of water a day is ideal. 

Essential Fatty Acids: Flaxseed oil, cold water fish, nuts, omega 3’s

Vitamin C: Citrus fruits, red and green peppers, tomatoes

MSM-Sulfur: Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, eggs, garlic or onions.

Vitamin E: Sunflower seeds, almonds, spinach

Beta Carotene: Broccoli, carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach, asparagus, peaches, mangoes, cantaloupe

Vitamin B6: Liver, whole grains, egg yolk, walnuts, avocados.

Zinc: Nuts: brazil nuts and pecans highest. Also in pumkin seeds, lentils, garbanzo beans. May help in collagen formation and the oil glands of your skin

Did you know that exercise does more for your skin than any skin care program?

It is second only to diet in maintaining healthy skin. Exercise gives the body a surge of oxygen and increases circulation.

Essentials oils can be used to support skin nutrition. Below are some tips for various oils.

Bay Laurel: all skin types.  Stimulating and cleansing effect
Geranium: all skin types.  Antiseptic and balancing properties
Lavender: all skin types.  May help restore elasticity. 
Lemon: all skin types.  May help with clogged pores.
Rosemary: all skin types. May help skin regenerate.
Thyme: good for balancing oily skin
Tea Tree: good for balancing oily skin. May help clogged pores.

I am happy to help with the nutrition, supplement or essential oils for your skin. I do recommend you work with a health care practitioner before starting a supplement program. Contact me for assistance.