Every since I was a child, I have had sensitive skin. For years I didn't use soap. I was told not to by doctors as apparently I was allergic to it. I was never allergic to soap. I was sensitive to the chemicals used in soap. The side effects showed up much quicker on me than other people. Combined with being given strong steroid cream which left scars on my skin, I have to stay natural to keep my skin healthy.
Here are some top tips a doctor will not tell you about keeping your skin healthy.
1. Avoid common soaps that contain Sodium Laureth Sulphate. If a soap foams, it most likely has this in it. It is an ester of sulhpuric acid and is commonly contaminated with dioxane, a known carcinogen. It is used because it is cheap and it leaves you squeaky clean. It also cleans cars very well and is used in garages. Your liver can't metabolise it and your skin is being stripped of its natural oils.
2. Improve your diet. If you eat garbage, the condition of your skin will deteriorate. Your skin is the last part of the detoxification process of the body. Look out for allergens, intolerances and try an alkalising diet which has plenty of fruit and vegetables. Also eat lots of oily fish or get a fish oil supplement (see below).
3. Salt baths. Soaking in a salt bath helps to alaklise your skin. It will also give you relief if you have dry or itchy skin. High skin acidity again can be related to diet, so it is pointless to have a salt bath only to then have a Mcdonalds.
4. Only use botanically based products on your skin. This includes moisturisers, cleansers and makeup. Steroid creams and prescribed cleansers can be harmful so you have to look around. Finding them is hard work. Even when you see the word 'sensitive' they still contain harmful substances. Just not as many as you would find in a regular bottle. Baby products aren't safe either. See the link below to see a range botanical cosmetics for adults and babies.
5. Use the steam room or sauna. Not only are they great for your muscles, they will help detoxify your body and encourage your skin to produce its own moisture.
I have used these methods to keep eczema at bay. It also helped to clear up my son's eczema. If you want to know more about skin health, send me an e-mail.
www.alimentnutrition.co.uk (their fish oil is flavoured with orange so it won't repeat on you. Mention my name and you should get your order a little quicker).
www.arbonneinternational.co.uk. (look at their skin range. The baby products are excellent and I use them on my son. I get a discount so if anything interests you, let me know).