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Our Favorite Skin Care Tips
Our Favorite Skin Care Tips
Editor’s note: Each month we ask our editorial team members for input on specific areas of wellness. We’d love to hear from you, too! Join the discussion on our Facebook page and share your best tips, health secrets and product recommendations.
This month we're discussing our favorite skin care tips. Here's what our team members have to say.
Carolyn Dean, MD, ND
My skin care routine consists of using cleansing grains like oatmeal and natural exfoliants like honey on my face every day. I think the action of the grains increases circulation and mimics shaving the face (which, I think, is why men seem to have fewer wrinkles than women). I also use an antiaging product that contains a patented iCell ingredient that is helping my skin stay youthful.
Aloe vera gel
Tina Kaczor, ND
My favorite skin care tip is inspired by someone I worked with during college. She was from India, and 30 years my senior. Her skin was remarkably healthy and young looking. When I asked her how she did it, she explained she ate a traditional Indian diet (lots of vegetables, spices and cultured foods), and she also used aloe vera gel as a facial treatment. That was 20 years ago, and the simplicity of this has always stuck with me. It wasn't until years later that I learned that the conditioning effects of aloe vera were from the compound allantoin. Allantoin improves the rate of epithelial healing and is anti-inflammatory. Aloe vera, or allantoin itself, is found in many natural skin care products today, but a mask of pure aloe is still my favorite (thanks, Indu!).
Vitamin C serum
Karolyn A. Gazella, publisher of Wellness Times
Because I have been in the natural health industry for nearly 20 years, I've always focused on using natural cleansers and moisturizers. But as I aged, I was looking for a little extra help to keep my skin feeling and looking younger. I was impressed when I read the scientific studies involving topical vitamin C serum by researcher Steven S. Traikovich, DO. The only caveat regarding vitamin C serum is that the scientific research shows it needs to have a concentration of at least 10 percent for it to enhance skin collagen production. I have used a quality vitamin C serum a few times a week for the past several years and I've noticed a difference.
Catherine Ulbricht, PharmD
I use inexpensive natural oils for dry skin and curly hair control. I've tried all of the fancy, expensive salon treatments, prescription and over-the-counter creams, lotions and ointments and have found natural versions work even better for my skin and hair appearance, feel and budget. They also smell natural, not chemically concocted. Olive, carrot and carob oil all seem to work equally well and have really made a difference in the smoothness of my elbows, cuticles and what I sometimes call my "prom" hair. They are easy to find in retail stores, online and even in your kitchen! Try them on your feet in the winter—your skin will feel like a baby's by the time sandal season comes around. Natural oils are generally well tolerated when used topically in nonallergic people.
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