Forget everything you think you know about shielding your skin from the sun and the environment! According to Amy Chalmers, a USANA spokesperson, cosmetic dermal therapist and founder of Natural Skin Solutions, we've only got half of the information. (And even that may be questionable!) In a recent confab with the skin guru, I learned some cold, hard facts about UV rays: first, you can't escape them, and second, the sun actually breaks down your DNA. (Yes, that's as bad as it sounds.) However, when you're armed with the correct tools, you don't have to run and hide every sunny day.
Chalmers says that by boosting the skin's natural mechanisms and by wearing the right skin products, you can stop and reverse damage at a cellular level. If you want to save and restore natural skin tones and the softness of your skin, it may require a few changes in your diet, fashion choices, and skin treatments. It's time to open those medicine cabinets and bathroom cubbies; we've got to examine your current skin protection products.
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Eating for Your Skin
Another way to boost that sun protection is by empowering your skin's performance with a good supply of vitamins. Did you know that vitamins A and D can build up in the skin, but C and E deplete daily? That means you must gnosh on a variety of fruits and veggies regularly, and not just your favorite five! You need to indulge in a rainbow of fresh, vitamin-rich foods. It's best to select foods from the whole, healthy color wheel.
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Seek a Practitioner
As a cosmetic dermal therapist, Chalmers spends a lot of time coaching women and treating specific skin-related issues. She encourages women to seek skin care practitioners for their specific, individual needs. Chalmers encourages women to visit holistic dermatologists, practitioners in natural paths, or cosmetic dermal therapists. (It's on my list!)
So bring on the summer sun! Are you ready?