In a world where there is mountains of advice on how to take care of your skin best it can be hard to sift through the noise and find what really helps. This is why I wanted to take the time and share with you some of my favorite skin care secrets.
Questions about skin care is perhaps one of the most common things I'm asked about in my daily practice. As we get older we start to notice the wear and tear of life appear in lines on our faces.
So what can we actually do to age more gracefully?
When it comes to your skin care ritual, you're going to need to consider the things that you eat along with what you put on your face. Your gut and skin are strongly connected, which is why so many skin conditions actually start in the gut. A few examples of this include rosacea, eczema, and psoriasis. The gut-skin connection means that if you’re buying expensive skin care products but not considering your diet, you're likely to see limited results.
Because I was getting so many questions on ideal skin care from my patients, I decided to put together my own line of skin care products. My Mini Miracle Kit is a combination of the different ingredients I've seen work best over the years. You'll find why I think each ingredient is so wonderful at the end of this article, but first we’ve got to start from the inside out.
Radiant Skin Starts in the Gut
If you're having skin issues I recommend checking your diet first. Often the sources of unwanted acne, redness, rashes, and accelerated aging are caused by diet. So be sure you've ruled out food sensitivities with an elimination diet or a food sensitivity test with your functional medicine doctor first and foremost.
Here are a few foods to consider avoiding for better skin:
- Processed foods
- Dairy (if you’re sensitive)
- Any individual food sensitivities
Here are a few foods to consider adding to your daily ritual for better skin:
- Collagen – Collagen is literally the glue that holds your skin together. Everyone could use more collagen in their diet and you can do so through eating the parts of the animal that we often throw away, such as the skin, bone marrow, and gelatin which is found in bone broth.
- Vitamin A – Vitamin A is incredibly important to skin health and protecting you from sun damage. It also happens to be a vitamin A lot of us are missing in our diet. You can get more vitamin A through organ meats, fish oils, and supplements like cod liver oil.
- CoQ10 – CoQ10 is protective to the skin both when ingested and used topically. Foods that are highest in CoQ10 are mostly animal products, including grass-fed beef.
- Antioxidants – Other antioxidants are important because they fight free radicals, which are damaging to the skin. You can get more antioxidants through berries, green leafy vegetables, and other plant sources.
Ideal Skin Care Ingredients
When it comes to putting things on your skin I'd like to focus on specific ingredients because there are a number of companies that do skin care products very well. Ultimately, you want to be sure that everything is as natural as possible with few preservatives, unnecessary additives, and no ‘fragrance.’ Fragrance is a blanket term used to hide many harsh chemicals that can seriously damage the skin.
Above all, be careful with what you're putting on your skin including through your makeup – which can contain toxins, chemicals, and many harsh ingredients I’m sure you’d be surprised to find in your beauty products.
I worry about the many of the saturated paper face masks that have become popular due to social media. Check the ingredients of these, many are produced in China and have minimal ingredients listed – OR the ingredients on the packaging are downright terrible for your skin in the long run.
Stick to natural ingredients first and foremost.
I could go on and on about the dangerous ingredients found in skin care products, but this article’s focus is on those that are beneficial to your skin care regimen. However, I can't stress enough the importance of eliminating toxic chemicals in your beauty products – they add to your overall toxic burden and can contribute to inflammation in the body.
Your skin is similar to your gut in that everybody is going to be a little different in what works best for them. This is why I always recommend experimenting with certain products to find what works and what doesn't. Don’t make massive changes to your skin care ritual all at once, add a little at a time.
With that in mind, here are some of the best ingredients you should look for in your skin care products.
- Tretinoin – Topical tretinoin is concentrated vitamin A, which increases collagen production. I love trentonian because it reduces the visibility of photodamage from the sun, wrinkles, and helps with acne. These benefits are why it’s one of the primary ingredients in my RA cream of the Mini Miracle Kit .
- Hyaluronic acid – I know that word acid might make you worry if it's good for your skin but hyaluronic acid is important to your skin because it prevents moisture loss. You’ll notice lots of high quality skin care products use hyaluronic acid for this reason and it’s why it’s included in step two of my Mini Miracle Kit – the Vita-CE with Ferulic Acid.
- Vitamin C – Vitamin C promotes collagen synthesis and prevents photodamage.
- Vitamin E – Vitamin E is incredibly important to your skin because it's a fat-soluble antioxidant that protects from free radical damage. Vitamin E is also protective against photodamage.
- Ferulic acid – Ferulic acid stabilizes vitamins C and E, and doubles its photoprotective properties.
Again, this is why I developed my Mini Miracle Kit – to be sure to include all of these critical elements for beautiful, radiant skin.
Skincare Bonus: Microneedling
Another skincare tip I like to include is microneedling. Microneedling rollers basically cause slight damage to the skin, which triggers your body to naturally boost collagen production. There are lots of good resources online on how to safely do this, but be sure you don't over microneedle and actually cause permanent damage. When you do microneedling right, it can be a very powerful tool to reduce wrinkles naturally, safely, and effectively.
I hope this article helps you find better, safer, and more effective natural ways to improve your skin.
Remember, you are beautiful – on the inside and out!
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The product mentioned in this article are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. The information in this article is not intended to replace any recommendations or relationship with your physician. Please review references sited at end of article for scientific support of any claims made.