What your skin is really trying to tell you

It’s obvious you’re unhealthy when you’re diagnosed with cancer, flattened with a heart attack, leveled with a stroke, or put on dialysis. Such health crises will wake you up lickety-split and hopefully motivate you to make health and lifestyle changes aimed at bringing your body back into balance.

But did you know our bodies give us warning signs of waning health long before we get thwacked with potentially life-threatening illnesses? Our bodies speak to us in whispers, and if we don’t listen to the whispers, our bodies start to yell.

If you have frequent outbreaks of acne, psoriasis, eczema, or other rashes, your health may be on the fritz. Your skin is the body’s largest organ of elimination, and if it’s acting up, your body may be trying to tell you something.

Extreme oiliness or dryness, discolouration or clogging are relative to what it’s like usually, but there are other subtle signs that aren’t worth ignoring and may require further attention.

Healthy skin comes from the inside out. Diets filled with processed foods often leave skin looking and feeling dull, oily, and discolored. But nourished bodies that are fueled with whole foods containing the recommended amount of vitamins often display a much healthier appearance.

What you choose to put into your body will reflect itself on your skin. You may be diligent about fruits, veggies, and multi-vitamins, but your skin care routine may still missing vitamins such as these.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is found at high levels in your outer layer of skin. Its cancer-fighting properties, and its role in collagen production help keep your skin healthy.

Fill up on citrus fruits, leafy greens, bell peppers, and cauliflower, all of which are full of this vital nutrient. Vitamin C has been known to fight colds and when used on the skin, vitamin C can help collagen production. Vitamin C can also help reduce wrinkles, improve skin texture, and reduce photo damage.

If you find that you don’t get enough vitamin C in your diet, you can try McNab’s new effervescent energy tablets, jam packed with vitamin C and the energy kick you need to start your day.

Vitamin E

Like vitamin C, vitamin E is an antioxidant. Its main function in skin care is to protect against sun damage. Vitamin E absorbs the harmful UV light from the sun when applied to the skin.

Use vitamin E on your skin to help reduce the appearance of scars and rough, dry skin. To keep skin looking supple and soft, try adding more nuts, olives, and spinach to your diet, all of which are high in the vitamin. These foods will not only help your skin stay soft, but will help your hair’s luster and strength.

Most adults need about 15 mg of vitamin E per day. If you find that you don’t have the time to prepare meals with vitamin E, you can increase your intake by taking McNab’s immune boosting SuperGuard tablets.