2) Start out the day with a dry skin brush massage. Buy a medium
stiffness sauna brush and brush your skin in concentric circles before you
bathe each day. This will stimulate your skin, make those capillaries wake up
bright and shining, and help remove any flaky, dead skin.
3) Learn how to fast and, barring conditions such as diabetes, pregnancy, or severe anemia or
weakness, set up a schedule of periodic fasts for yourself. Thse fasts can be
anywhere from one day a week to several days a month to five to ten days one to
four times a year. Consult our fasting articles or classes or Paavo Airola's
book on juice fasting for specifics.
4) There are a number of ways to cleanse your body in depth, all of which are very beneficial to the health of your skin. As mentioned in our Pancha Karma article, we individualize
detoxification programs according to one's body type. Methods include
therapeutic enemas, colon irrigation, natural laxatives and purgatives, and herbs. Some Western herbs which we often use to improve body elimination and skin health include Oregon grape, Dandelion Root, and Burdock, and Knick-Knick. Depending on the nature of the particular skin problem, we might think more of herbs directly affecting the liver, kidneys, or colon.
5) A basic cleansing can be achieved by making sure you have plenty of fiber in your diet.
A high percentage of whole grains (50-60%) is adequate for some people. Others
need to add additional fiber sources such as oat or rice bran orpsyllium seed
or husk, particularly if you have sluggish bowels or a tendency to
constipation. For some body types we also recommend periodic bentonite clay
which is another detoxifying aid, and is often given in formulas along with
other fiber sources such as pectin, guar gum, psyllium, and bran.
Diet and nutritional supplements: Regular consumption of plenty of fresh
fruits and vegetables, in whole form or juiced, along with legumes, grains,
nuts, seeds, and little or no refined, overprocessed foods, fat, sugar, and
caffeine will help your skin to stay young and healthy. Pay attention,
particularly in the case of hives and rashes, to any foods to which you may be
oversensitive. The nutritional supplements that are most of benefit to the skin
are Vitamin A (we recommend it in the form of Beta carotene, which is
non-toxic, since prolonged use of over 50,000 I.U. of Vitamin A can result in
hair loss, skin dryness, and other symptoms of toxicity), Zinc, Vitamin E, and
Vitamin C. We suggest these in combination with a mega multi vitamin and
mineral containing 25-50 mg of the B vitamins but use higher amount with some
skin conditions. Essential fatty acids such as linoleic and linolenic acid are
necessary to keep the skin soft and pliable. PABA, often found in sun tan
products, helps prevent against damage from the sun's ultraviolet rays.
Lifestyle: Regular aerobic exercise is very important in keeping your skin
vibrant and healthy. Inhaling large amount of clean, fresh air not only helps
to oxygenate your whole body, including your skin, but is essential in
balancing the deeper energy systems of your body. A healthy dose of Viamin D
through sunlight is wonderful for the skin, though it has been shown by
considerable scientific research that excessive ultraviolet exposure often
results in skin cancer and for that reason we discourage the use of tanning
beds. Skin eruptions are often aggravated by stress, so it's essential to
relax, keep your life stress at a manageable level, enjoy your life and
relationships, and express your emotions as they come up rather than bottle
them up inside for them to erupt later as herpes or an angry rash.