The largest organ in the body, skin plays a huge role in self confidence and it is what most use to gauge the aging process. While genetics play a big part in determining the quality of your skin, there is no reason why you can't make the effort to attain the most beautiful skin possible, especially with so many of the ingredients to do so already at home!
Heal Your Skin by Dr. Ava Shamban
Recently, dermatologist and author Dr. Ava Shamban visited the set of The Doctors to discuss her new book, Heal Your Skin in which she talks about the importance of holistically treating the skin. Including fitness and nutrition tips, one of the things that Dr. Shamban stresses in her book is that beautiful and healthy skin does not have to cost a lot of money. Focusing on skin care that can be made at home from normal everyday kitchen items, Dr. Shamban shared 3 recipes to make at home for beautiful skin, regardless of life stage.
- Acne Spot Treatment
Dr. Shamban calls adult acne "the perfect hormonal storm" and while there are expensive acne treatments available, she recommends making this spot treatment at home. Mixing together a teaspoon of nutmeg and a teaspoon of milk to create a paste, the nutmeg acts as an anti-inflammatory and the milk as an alpha hydroxy to spot treat acne. She recommends leaving the paste on the pimple for at least an hour or sleeping with it on overnight.
- Pregnancy Scrub
During pregnancy, many skin issues may arise: more acne breakouts than usual and some women may experience melasma, also known as the pregnancy mask. This hyper-pigmentation occurs across the center of the face and while fractional laser resurfacing procedures may help, Dr. Shamban recommends this all-natural brown sugar scrub. Combine 2-3 tablespoons of brown sugar, half a cup of yogurt and whisk it together with egg whites for an all natural scrub for the face.
- Menopause Mask
In menopause, hormonal changes can be vast and this also affects the skin. Normal skin could one day feel oily and dry the next as hormones fluctuate. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement may help but Dr. Shamban suggests an at-home remedy, the Menopause Mask that might help with some of those skin issues. Combining 1 teaspoon of honey, a liquid form of acai berry, yogurt and corn starch to create a mask, Dr. Shamban says honey acts as an antiseptic and an anti-inflammatory agent while acai berry has powerful antioxidant qualities to help calm menopausal skin.
Dr. Shamban's book Heal Your Skin covers skin care through several stages of life while looking at the importance of nutrition and fitness. She firmly believes that your skin is an accurate barometer of what you're eating and how stressed out you are as well as how you treat your skin. Heal Your Skin not only provides at home tips on how to treat your skin issues, it is also full of tips on how to improve skin from the inside out.
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