Sunday, August 30, 2020

The most important vitamins and minerals for your skin

It is best to get these vitamins and minerals daily in your diet from vegetables, fruits, and nuts.  They are antioxidants meaning they can fight and fix harmful oxidizing changes in the skin from sun damage, pollution, and aging.  The immune system of our skin depends on these vitamins, and will better protect use from infection and cancer with these nutrients.

Vitamin A is an antioxidant that helps with skin cell function and turnover.  

Vitamin C is an antioxidant that is very effective at cleaning up sun damage, important for healthy skin collagen, skin wound healing, skin hydration and moisture content, and the skin immune system.

Vitamin D is important for skin wound healing and a healthy skin immune system.

Vitamin E is an antioxidant that is important for a healthy skin immune system, as well as controlling skin inflammation and damage.

Important minerals for skin health: zinc, calcium, 

Zinc protects from sun damage, and helps fight skin infection.  

Copper is an antioxidant, and helps form new collagen to fight aging changes in the skin.

Selenium help antioxidants to function to prevent skin cancer, and is good for controlling psoriasis.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

What kind of sunscreen should you be applying?

 If applying a sunscreen to your face or a child over six months, then it is best to go with a non-comedogenic (does not give comedones or acne) sunblock that contains only the following two possible mineral block ingredients:  zinc oxide, titanium dioxide.  If your sunscreen/block has more than those ingredients it may be irritating or even toxic chemicals.  Toxic to both humans and the environment.  

If applying sunscreen or block to your body, you can use the same mineral blocks explained above.  

Most importantly, do not rely on sunscreen/block alone for sun protection.  It is best to also use hats and clothing and shade for protection.