Beautiful Skin Starts Inside

Beauty | | September 10, 2009 at 6:55 am
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You already know that beauty is more than skin-deep. Skin health and appearance depend on much more than what fancy lotions, latest “age-defying” cream or organic make-up you might be using.

Beauty begins on the inside…with the gut and nutrition!

Think of your gastrointestinal lining as the skin inside your body. The health of this gut lining can improve the health of the rest of your body and especially your outside skin. There are many similarities: the gut lining replaces itself often, its irritations and inflammations show up on the skin, and nourishing blood flows just under the surface. What is happening on your skin is reflection of what is happening in your gut. A happy gut equals more radiant skin.

You are what you eat.

Many skin problems can be improved with smart nutrition and identifying and eliminating food sensitivities and allergies. Water and essential fatty acids are internal lotions, making skin soft and supple. Nutritious whole foods provide important anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals for the frequent renewal of healthy skin cells.

Get the glow!

Move water and nutrition to the skin surface through getting the glow going. Anything that brings a light sweat to the skin means that the skin is being nourished and the toxins are being removed. The glow can be through walking, yoga, bouncing and even sex. Any movement that brings a light sweat counts.

Smile from the inside.

Learn to manage your reaction to stress. Stress affects the health of your skin. We’ve all noticed cold sores, acne or blemishes popping up when we are under stress. Acupuncture, meditation and sleep can all help us lessen the effects of stress on our skin.

When we start to work on the inside, we not only feel better but also look better!

GibranDr. Gibran Ramos completed his six year training and internship in Naturopathic and Chinese Medicine at National College of Natural Medicine. Dr. Ramos helps patients transform their lives and optimize their well-being at a private practice in Portland, Oregon.

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11 Comments

  1. Ann@Wingsets says:

    As an holistic nutritionist, certified aromatherapist, registered nurse, and professional formulator of personal care products with a personal testimony after a life-time experience of rosacea, it is very satisfying to see articles such as this. It starts from the INSIDE. This is how we teach our classes and this is what we practice. We can clear up someone’s skin, but as soon as they begin to eat junk again, all of our efforts go by the way side. It is extremely important though to monitor what you put ON your skin as well. Organic, natural, and paraben-free are essential. Dermatologists told me to go “oil-free” – NOT good advice. Natural oils, natural products without synthetic chemicals are where the answers are for clean, natural, healthy, vibrant skin!

    Final note! When you sweat and detoxify you MUST clean the skin afterwards with a good natural, synthetic-free cleanser, otherwise the toxins sit on your skin and cause MORE problems. They don’t just disappear. Yes, nutrition is the foundation. Truly organic and natural skin care products are essential as well. They go together – like a horse and carriage. Okay -you’d have to be my age to remember that one!

  2. Ann,Thank you for your great reminder! Yes, it is true that for healthy skin you need to focus on both the inside (restoring a healthy physiology) and using proper skin care products. – Dr. Gibran Ramos, ND, LAc

  3. Grace says:

    Wanted to Ask how much a good diet affects skin care in the longer run? , Also how good will it be in terms of skin hydration and dryness?

  4. Grace, good question! Food is the first medicine, so yes, diet will affect the short term and long term health and thus beauty of the skin. Ruling out an actual skin disease, skin hydration and dryness can be affected by such things as how much water you drink and the type and amount of essential fatty acids found in foods like cold water fish and various other nut and seed oils.

  5. Jeffry Walland says:

    Extremely interesting blog post thanks for sharing I have added your blog to my favorites and will be back.

  6. Gale says:

    Beautiful skin really starts from the inside. Your body should be in a good condition so that you will a glowing skin appearance outside. I’m taking Omega 3 Fish Oil Extra plus i drink a lot of water and a well balanced diet. This is what i do to make my skin healthier.

  7. Gale says:

    Beautiful skin really starts from the inside. Your body should be in a good condition so that you will a glowing skin appearance outside. I’m taking Omega 3 Fish Oil Extra plus i drink a lot of water and a well balanced diet. This is what i do to make my skin healthier.