The skin is the largest organ of the body, and it is constantly touched by all elements it is exposed to. Thus every soap, lotion, article of clothing, air pollutants, or type of water that makes contact with your skin can have an impact on its appearance and health. Your skin may respond by absorbing the substance, being irritated by it, or by being affected in some other way. Your task is to ensure that your skin is healthy and vital so it can optimally perform its important functions.
Those functions are essential for your overall health and include serving as a major protector against invading micro-organisms and toxins. At the same time, your skin is the largest organ of elimination, and so it is also responsible for getting rid of toxins and other unwelcome substances through the pores when you sweat. When the skin is functioning at its best, it gets rid of about two pounds of acid waste daily.
To ensure your skin can perform its very best and look great involves keeping it clean using natural cleansing methods. I suggest you start by using a natural fiber cloth or a soft, natural bristle brush to exfoliate your skin before you shower. This eliminates dead skin cells and allows for enhances detoxification. Use of a dry brush or cloth improves blood circulation and circulation of lymph, the clear, watery fluid, that plays an important role in protecting the body against viruses, bacteria, and other invading micro-organisms. A good brushing also reduces puffiness and calms the nervous system. After you brush your body with a dry brush or cloth, you can add a natural soap to wash yourself. Use a circular motion and begin with your face, ears, and neck, and move down your body. Spend a little extra time on your legs and feet, which can improve circulation and elimination of toxins. A lingering, circular motion can also help reduce cellulite, which is the accumulation of waste products under skin, mixed with intracellular fluids.
Now about your soap: look for soaps that contain natural, organic ingredients, such as essential oil, cold-pressed olive oil, organic herbs, beeswax, green tea, jojoba oils, oats, sea salts, Vitamin E, and yucca root, among others. Avoid products that contain synthetics (including artificial fragrances), petroleum products, dyes, and preservatives. Remember your skin will absorb these toxins.
Treating your body with respect includes using natural soaps, scrubbing cloths and brushes that are kind to your skin. Along with a nutritious diet, exercise and stress management practices, taking care of your skin will leave you with a radiant glow of health and vitality.
-Dr. Diana Joy Ostroff, ND.
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