Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Foods That Feed The Skin

part of your post-care talk with your patient or client after you give them a hyaluronic injection or mesotherapy treatment, you might want to discuss with them the very foundation of having healthy skin, which is to feed it with the right foods.  When it comes to expediting healing what you put in your body is as important as what you put on it.

There is real truth to the saying that “beauty starts from within” and there are foods that that contain micro-nutrients and vitamins that support the structure of skin in a way that may not be as readily apparent as, say, applying a vitamin A-retinol, but in a way that is just as important.  That is because the whole process of skin aging might be due to eating foods that have a byproduct of inflammation in the first place.

After you do your injections or therapeutic injections you can recommend that your patient consume the following nutrients that are found in various fruits, vegetables, grains and whole foods

Ripe Guava is rich in lycopene.
Lycopene - Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant that helps the skin renew and repair itself very quickly. Some of the potent sources of lycopene include canned tomato products, raw tomatoes, guava, watermelon and red papaya. Sweet potatoes, blueberries and strawberries also contain a significant amount of lycopene.

Omega 3 Fatty Acids – Foods that have these help protect the skin from the type of damage that can age skin very rapidly.  These foods include whole grains, fish and nuts.

Vitamin A – Vitamin A helps the skin turn protect itself from environmental assaults, and heal scars and wounds.  Sweet potatoes and cantaloupes applied both topically as a facial and eaten can really help speed the healing of skin that has been treated with mesotherapy.

The reason it is best to eat foods rather than take pills is that whole foods contain all kinds of phytochemicals and carotenoids that assist with skin repair and health that are simply not replicated in vitamins.

In addition, there is nothing quite as beneficial for the skin as drinking a great deal of water.  Ata minimum the skin needs between 32 and 64 ounces of liquid a day in order to be properly hydrated and not dry.  This liquid should be consumed in the form of water, fresh herb teas or fresh organic juices that have been watered down just a bit with spring water so that they are not too glycemic as your client drinks them. 

The latest recommendation for skin healing is for women to drink at least 90 ounces of water a day and men drink about 125 ounces a day.

You can also teach your client a simple test to see if he or she is dehydrated. If it does not pop back quickly then it can be a sign of dehydration.

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