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03-Jun-2012

About Face

The Story of Skin

What’s the largest organ of the body? It’s your skin, which makes up about 16% of your total body weight. Your skin performs many key protective functions, regulating temperature, serving as an infection barrier and promoting internal cleansing through perspiration.

The skin also tells the story about the condition of your health; lack of proper sleep, poor diet, stress, recreational drug use or regular excess of any kind shows up as wear and tear on your skin that is easily visible to the naked eye.

Rough skin, blotches, spots, age-inappropriate sagging and wrinkles are indicators of lifestyle issues. The opposite is also true. When you have radiant health, your complexion is clear, the skin is age-appropriate firm and lined, the color is excellent and your skin seems to glow.

So, how do you get that glow? Here are some practices to add to your routine to support healthy skin:

Nutrition: Eat organic, unprocessed food whenever possible. Load up your plate with nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables. Eat foods that naturally help your body to detoxify from environmental pollutants.

Tip—Anti-aging foods that benefit skin include tomatoes, oranges, cucumbers, carrots, grapes, lemons and pineapple.

Yoga: Radiant skin and exercise go hand in hand. Yoga increases circulation, contributes to a healthy glow and can help reduce acne. Additionally, stress release through movement relaxes you, giving a softer, smoother appearance all over.

Tip—Practice Kundalini Yoga several times a week for young, radiant skin. It’s important to sweat every day, so get moving!

Rest: Although the amount of sleep needed varies by person, it is critical for skin vitality. Make sure you get enough sleep, including “power naps” during the day to rejuvenate and heal.

Tip—Turn off the TV and avoid stimulating foods or activities at least one hour before bedtime. Do a few minutes of long, deep breathing before going to bed to improve your chances for deep, peaceful sleep.

Let these tips about great food, proper exercise and plenty of rest help you keep your skin radiant and glowing, making it an organ of great beauty.

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Yoga Lola Studios

Recommended: Naturally Healthy Skin – Tips for Radiant Skin by Stephanie Tourles and The Skin Commandments by Dr. Tony Nakhla

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