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The skin is taken for granted more often than not. Ads for quick-fix lotions and potions and all manner of magical fruits slathered on the skin which will erase fine lines, wrinkles and any signs of aging prevail in our current superficial marketplace.
Promises of eternal youth and going under the knife for beauty, injecting things into our foreheads for smoothness have all become commonplace -- the norm if you can afford it, and something to strive for if you cannot, at least in America.
Of course each woman (and man) is free to make whatever cosmetic decision they feel is in their best interest. The problem is that many times the advertising is more promising than the actual result and can often leave a customer very unsatisfied with the results.
What about eating and drinking in ways that allow your largest organ to breathe, to oxygenate, to renew itself naturally? How about treating your skin the way you would treat your heart or your lungs, your liver or your waistline, by associating the ingestion of healthy and nutritious foods with the effects on your skin?
It seems we often forego the obvious solutions in hopes that something more complex or mysterious will save us from dreading our reflection in the mirror. The truth is, the natural process of eating and drinking and the way the chemicals of food and drink interact with our bodies is so incredibly complex and mysterious in and of themselves that we really need look no further than our daily meals to provide us with an endless volume of information about our internal health and the external signs of that health. For our skin is not only an organ, but also a reflection of what is happening with our other bodily functions.
Hormone imbalances and fatigue show on our skin in the form of acne or dull tone. Dry, chapped skin can indicate dehydration or overexposure to a harsh environment. Vitamin and mineral deficiencies can result in easily bruised skin. Dark circles under one’s eyes can show the world that you are exhausted and simply not sleeping enough, or that you may be ill.