The idea of finding a cure to your skin issues using only natural skin care is enticing.
I remember when kale was all the rage. Kale was in every salad, and everyone was drinking their kale smoothies, and it was the superfood of 2012. And then it was olive oil, Acai, coconut oil, goji berries…
Noticing a trend?
Every year, there’s a new superfood, a new kid on the block, a new magic bullet that’s going to change your skin care, and your hair, and your health. That’s not to say it isn’t worth diversifying your diet to include new healthy foods. I’m just saying it’s probably not necessary to completely alter your diet to accommodate the latest trends.
Take a look at celery juice. If you follow health trends even remotely, you’ve probably heard of the celery juice phenomenon. But let’s be honest. Who wants to drink celery juice? I mean, the only benefit of eating celery was to get the fiber. But the juice?
Well, if you didn’t know, celery juice is being raved about for its properties in improving Crohn’s, colitis, IBS, digestion, bloating, acne, high cholesterol, inflammation, liver health, high blood pressure, addiction, and mental illness.
Really? Celery for mental illness and addiction?
Despite all of the lofty claims, there’s no actual research to back any of it up. Meaning, the benefits of celery juice are probably overrated. Or it could mean that more research is needed.
Either way, Everyone wants that magic bullet, the cure-all for all ills. And believe me, it would be awesome if simply adding hyaluronic acid or just taking collagen supplements alone made my skin brighter, plumper, and slowed down the aging process. But that’s not how skin care works. Taking care of your skin is a lifestyle. It involves getting enough sleep, drinking enough water, wearing sunscreen or even staying out of the sun if you’re sensitive to sunlight, eating healthful fruits and veggies, maintaining a balanced diet, and so on and so forth. It’s a whole list of things that few of us can do perfectly 100% of the time. But doing the best you can most of the time or whenever you can is still better than putting all your eggs in one basket.
Diversity in nutrition is your friend
When it comes to nutrition, diversity in what you eat is your best bet to getting your best skin. Eat all the colors of the rainbow when it comes to fruits and vegetables, make sure you’re getting sufficient protein, and good fats are your friend. Tired of almonds? Have cashews or macadamias if you’re feeling fancy. Don’t let the trendsetters tell you that almonds are the only nuts you can eat. They’re not. Remember, most of what we eat is native somewhere else. And those native peoples survived for millenia using those foods as staples in their diet before those foods became mainstream popular. Drop the vitamins and supplements (unless your doctor has said you’re deficient in a particular vitamin or mineral), and just a variety of different foods. That’s where the bulk of your nutrients come from after all.
Here’s another example.
I don’t know if you’ve been following social media at all, but tumeric has been trending like nobody’s business. And like all things trendy, its benefits seem like they may have been wildly overstated.
Here’s the thing: you’d have to eat something like 8 teaspoons of powdered cumin a day to get the infection, cancer, heart disease, neurodegenerative diseases, and stomach ulcer fighting benefits that people have touting of the ingredient. But even if you did, your body would absorb only a tiny fraction of what you ate, which would basically render the tumeric completely ineffective. A recent paper stated that the curcumin in tumeric, which is the main ingredient that folks are talking so much about, breaks down so quickly in the body that it never reaches the parts of the body that it’s supposed to help.
Those pesky magic ingredients
Magic ingredients, man. I want to believe in them too. But don’t believe the hype. Like your nutrition, when it comes to your skin care routine, you can’t just rely on a single magic bullet ingredient. You want to consider all of the ingredients in the product. Check the list. Is there anything listed that you know you’re allergic to? Does the product include natural butters, oils, and extracts in the top 5 ingredients? These are the emollients and active ingredients that will help your skin retain moisture. Is there water or a water-based ingredient in your product (aloe, for example). These are great for moisturizing your skin, but they also require a preservative. I know I said the “P” word. But not all preservatives are created equal. Some are naturally derived and absolutely necessary and safe for your natural skin care and hair care routine. Not sure how you feel about preservatives? Check out my blog post on preservatives in natural skin care. Don’t forget to check of the product’s claim to fame is a trendy fave. Look at where that favorite ingredient falls on the list. If it’s past the top 10, you might as well forget it. The top 10 ingredients are the most important because they’re in the highest quantity in the product. That means everything else in the ingredients list is there in such small amounts that they might as well have not been included.
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