Get Younger Looking Knees & Elbows

There are TONS of firming creams on the market for your body and face, but most people neglect to take proper care of their knees and elbows, which can be a total aging hotspot!

“As we age, skin cells turn over more slowly,” says Jessica Wu, MD, a dermatologist in Los Angeles.  According to Prevention.com, “these areas are always rubbing up against something—your clothes, your desk, your kitchen counter—dead skin tends to build up and get thick, rough, and discolored, she says. Worse, a natural loss of collagen and elastic tissue can cause sagging, especially around joints, where skin is constantly being stretched and contracted.”

Lift Weights

Strength training involving weights is especially important as you age and your body’s muscle mass starts to decrease. Lifting weights can help improve your muscle tone which will help to better support your skin in these areas.

Exfoliate

To help prevent excess buildup up dead/dry skin in the elbow areas, you should exfoliate them at least twice a week. You can buy an exfoliating scrub, make a simple sugar scrub at home (there are a million on pinterest), or even use “dry brushing” to help remove the dead skin buildup.

Water, Water, Water

Drinking lots of water will help to improve your skin tone as well as flush out toxins. Staying properly hydrated from the inside will help to ensure that your skin doesn’t get overly dry, causing even more buildup of dead skin cells at the elbows and knees.

Hydrate Your Skin

Keeping the skin hydrated with a good lotion or moisturizer, daily, and especially after exfoliating, is KEY! Coconut oil or organ oil are great natural moisturizers that are inexpensive and toxin free. There are other brands on the market that naturally help to increase your skin’s hydration. Look for something that’s nice and thick that deeply moisturizes the skin.

As with anything, prevention is the best method of attack! Start treating your knees and elbows right from a young age with these and you will be much less likely to be looking for an anti-aging knee cream when you’re older.

DISCLAIMER:  The information contained on this site is not provided by medical professionals and is provided for informational purposes only.  The information on this site is not meant to substitute consulting with your podiatrist, doctor or other health care professional. The information available on or through this site is in no way intended to diagnose, influence treatment or cure any foot or other health problems nor is it a substitute for the services or advice of a podiatrist, physician, or health professional.  You should always consult a physician licensed in your state in all matters relating to your health.

Foods For Clear Skin

Of course, genetics and lifestyle play an important role in the health of your skin. However, eating properly can also help support your skin from the inside out. The skin is a major indicator as to whether you have been eating properly. Below are some “skin superfoods” you should try adding into your diet.

Water

Water is so important when it comes to skin health!!! It maintains proper organ function, delivers vital nutrients to your body’s cells and help the body eliminate toxins. Keeping your body hydrated from the inside also makes your skin look firmer and clearer. You should be drinking at least half your body weight in ounces a day. For example, if you weigh 200 lbs. you should be drinking at least 100 oz. of water a day.

Broccoli

This tasty veggie is high in important antioxidants – vitamins C and E. The vitamin C aids in collagen production to keep your skin supple, while vitamin E protects your skin against UV damage. Frozen broccoli is one of my favorite quick and easy side dishes. It’s so easy to steam on the stovetop and there’s no chopping or prep required.

Strawberries

High in Vitamin C, these sweet and delicious berries help to fight wrinkles and dry skin from the inside out by fighting free radicals. They’re easy to throw into a smoothie, on top of oatmeal or salad, or just munch on by themselves for a snack.

Almonds

The vitamin E in almonds helps protect skin from the sun’s damaging UV rays. However, be sure not to overdo it on the nuts – as they are high in calories and fat – which will surely show up on your waistline. Try to limit yourself to a handful (about 8-10 almonds) at a time.

Carrots

Carrots are high in beta carotene, an antioxidant that is converted to vitamin A inside the body – which helps repair the skin as well as protect against UV rays. I like to blend carrots into my soups, finely grate them into muffins, waffles or pancakes and of course, they’re great in salads.

Pumpkin Seeds

A perfect fall snack! The zinc in pumpkin seeds protects your cell membranes, helps maintain collagen, and promotes skin renewal. These are great sprinkled on top of a salad or even a handful as part of a healthy snack.

Fish

High in healthy omega–3 fats – fish can help strengthen skin cell membranes, protect against sun damage, and may also reduce the risk of certain forms of skin cancer. Omega 3 fats help fight inflammation in the skin while allowing water and nutrients into the skin and protecting it from toxins.

Of course, protecting your skin from the outside with toxin-free sunscreen daily is also very important. Keeping hydrated, eating right, exfoliating 1-2 times a week and taking good care of your skin will go a long way in avoiding the dreaded crow’s feet – preventing skin problems is much easier than treating them!

DISCLAIMER:  The information contained on this site is not provided by medical professionals and is provided for informational purposes only.  The information on this site is not meant to substitute consulting with your podiatrist, doctor or other health care professional. The information available on or through this site is in no way intended to diagnose, influence treatment or cure any foot or other health problems nor is it a substitute for the services or advice of a podiatrist, physician, or health professional.  You should always consult a physician licensed in your state in all matters relating to your health.

Scrub Your Body For Better Health

Dry winter skin needs to be regularly exfoliated to stay smooth and flake-free. Body scrubbing can be done before or after your bath or shower, or anytime during the day. All you need is a sink with hot water and a medium-sized cotton washcloth.

For the maximum effect, scrub your body twice a day: once in the morning and once again in the evening. Scrub for two minutes to 20 minutes, depending on the amount of time you have. The process of the hot towel scrub has a deeper physical, mental and emotional effect when done at the sink as opposed to in the shower.

Directions:

  • Turn on the hot water and fill the sink
  • Hold the towel at both ends and place in the hot water
  • Wring out the towel
  • While the towel is still hot and steamy, begin to scrub the skin gently.
  • Do one section of the body at a time: for example, begin with the hands and fingers and work your way up the arms to the shoulders, neck and face, then down to the chest, upper back, abdomen, lower back, buttocks, legs, feet and toes
  • Scrub until the skin becomes slightly pink or until each part becomes warm
  • Reheat the towel often by dipping it in the sink of hot water after scrubbing each section, or as soon as the towel starts to cool

Benefits:

  • Reduces muscle tension
  • Reenergizes in the morning and deeply relaxes at night
  • Opens the pores to release stored toxins
  • Softens deposits of hard fat below the skin and prepares them for discharge
  • Allows excess fat, mucus, cellulite and toxins to actively discharge to the surface rather than to accumulate around deeper vital organs
  • Relieves stress through meditative action of rubbing the skin
  • Calms the mind
  • Promotes circulation
  • Activates the lymphatic system, especially when scrubbing underarms and groin
  • Easy massage and deep self-care
  • Can be a sacred moment in your day, especially if done with candlelight and a drop or two of essential oil, such as lavender
  • Creates a profound and loving relationship with the body, especially parts not often shown care, and especially for a person with body image problems
  • Spreads energy through the chakras

Bone Broth: Strengthen Bones, Build Immunity, Repair The Gut & More…

One of my all time favorite things to sip on as the weather gets cooler is bone broth. It’s also great to add to soups, or even when cooking quinoa, because it gets absorbed into the grain and also adds great flavor. It has so many amazing health benefits, and it also helps me to avoid snacking when I know I’m not really hungry but just need a little “something.”

So how is bone broth different from your everyday chicken or beef broth? It’s different than regular broth because of the way it is prepared. When you are making bone broth, you are slow simmering roasted bones and veggies/seasonings for a LONG time with apple cider vinegar to draw the nutrients and minerals out of the bones. We’re talking DAYS here. I usually use the crock pot because that way I can throw everything in and just reset the timer each time it runs out. Beware – your house will totally smell like bone broth – which I actually LOVE! My husband, on the other hand does not. So if I am planning to have company while my broth is brewing I always put the crock pot on the front porch to avoid “broth smell” as my hubby calls it.

So what are some of the health benefits of bone broth you ask?

  • Improved/stronger hair, skin and nails (the collage from the bones works wonders)
  • Reduce joint pain
  • Easy source of vital amino acids
  • Gut/Immune system support/repair
  • Improves nutrient absorption
  • Curbs cravings

So how do you make bone broth? Here’s my fave recipe:

  • 2 pounds of bones, roasted (chicken or beef work best)
  • 1 onion, sliced into quarters (omit if onions make you gassy)
  • 4 carrots, peeled and sliced in half
  • 2 stalks of celery, leaves removed
  • 2 TBSP Apple Cider Vinegar with the mother
  1. If bones are not already roasted, roast them at 400 degrees for about 25 minutes
  2. Place the cooled bones in the crock pot and add water until all the bones are covered. Then add apple cider vinegar. Let sit for 30 minutes at room temp so the ACV can draw the minerals out of the bones.
  3. Add vegetables and any other seasonings you may wish to add.
  4. Cook on high until bubbling hot/boiling in crock pot, then reduce to low and simmer for 48 hours.
  5. The broth will cook down quite a bit over the 48 hours, but what you end up with is so flavorful and rich with nutrients it will blow your mind!
  6. Let the broth cool and then store in mason jars (I like to make a big batch and freeze it in mason jars so I can use as needed).
  7. Enjoy!

DISCLAIMER:  The information contained on this site is not provided by medical professionals and is provided for informational purposes only.  The information on this site is not meant to substitute consulting with your podiatrist, doctor or other health care professional. The information available on or through this site is in no way intended to diagnose, influence treatment or cure any foot or other health problems nor is it a substitute for the services or advice of a podiatrist, physician, or health professional.  You should always consult a physician licensed in your state in all matters relating to your health.

 

Geranium Essential Oil Benefits

Geranium Essential Oil has a sweet, floral fragrance that relaxes the body and mind. It has been used dating back to the times of the Egyptians for supporting beautiful, healthy and glowing skin and hair.

Geranium oil was also used traditionally to support the circulatory and nervous systems because of its ability to revitalize body tissues. Because of these properties, it’s great for restoring and maintaining soft, tender skin.

Popular Uses of Geranium Essential Oil (from http://www.sustainablebabysteps.com)

  • Use in an aromatherapy steam facial to beautify skin.
  • Add a drop to your moisturizer to help balance oil production.
  • The balancing properties of Geranium make it great for both dry and oily hair. Apply a few drops to your shampoo or conditioner bottle, or make your own deep hair conditioner.
  • Diffuse aromatically to help relieve occasional stress and tension.
  • Place one drop in the palm of your hands, rub hands together, and cup over nose and mouth to breathe slowly, or diffuse as desired to release emotions.
  • Diffuse geranium oil throughout the room, apply over the heart or solar plexus, or breathe from the palm of your hand for connection.

Get That Natural Glow…Scrub Your Skin

Your skin is your body’s largest organ. It’s important to take good care of your skin, keeping it exfoliated, moisturized and protected. People ask me all the time how I get my skin to glow from within.

First of all, I drink A TON of water, about a gallon a day. Keeping my body hydrated helps keep the elasticity in my skin. Dehydrated skin will appear, rough, wrinkled and saggy. Properly hydrated skin appears dewy, plump and smooth.

Homemade skin scrub is another secret weapon in my “glow” arsenal. For pennies, you can make a very effective body scrub with staples you probably already have in your pantry. My favorite, simple recipe is to mix 1 cup sugar (born or white) with 1/2 cup of olive or coconut oil. Then I add in 5-10 drops of lavender essential oil to give it a nice aroma and help relax me. I simply scrub my skin (body and face) every other day before I shower to keep it exfoliated and glowing.

As the weather heats up, more of your skin will be showing. Regular exfoliation with a scrub will help keep your skin looking and feeling its best. Be sure to take good care of your body and it will be good to you!

How to Eat for Better Skin – Skin Superfoods

Healthier-Thanksgiving

Of course, genetics and lifestyle play an important role in the health of your skin. However, eating properly can also help support your skin from the inside out. Below are some “skin superfoods” you should try adding into your diet.

Water

Water is so important when it comes to skin health!!! It maintains proper organ function, delivers vital nutrients to your body’s cells and help the body eliminate toxins. Keeping your body hydrated from the inside also makes your skin look firmer and clearer.

Broccoli

This tasty veggie is high in important antioxidants – vitamins C and E. The vitamin C aids in collagen production to keep your skin supple, while vitamin E protects your skin against UV damage.

Strawberries

High in Vitamin C, these sweet and delicious berries help to fight wrinkles and dry skin from the inside out by fighting free radicals.

Almonds

The vitamin E in almonds helps protect skin from the sun’s damaging UV rays. However, be sure not to overdo it on the nuts – as they are high in calories and fat – which will surely show up on your waistline.

Carrots

Carrots are high in beta carotene, an antioxidant that is converted to vitamin A inside the body – which helps repair the skin as well as protect against UV rays.

Pumpkin Seeds

A perfect fall snack! The zinc in pumpkin seeds protects your cell membranes, helps maintain collagen, and promotes skin renewal.

Fish

High in healthy omega–3 fats – fish can help strengthen skin cell membranes, protect against sun damage, and may also reduce the risk of certain forms of skin cancer. Omega 3 fats help fight inflammation in the skin while allowing water and nutrients into the skin and protecting it from toxins.

Of course, protecting your skin from the outside with toxin-free sunscreen daily is also very important. Keeping hydrated, eating right and taking good care of your skin will go a long way in avoiding the dreaded crow’s feet – preventing skin problems is much easier than treating them!