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Stress happens, lives get busy and sometimes we find that our eating habits have turned into something quite horrendous. While it's a good idea (at least I think so) to splurge occasionally, bad eating habits are sometimes hard to shake. While most of us are all too familiar with the effects of diets high in sugar, preservatives, fats and high glycemic carbohydrates on our health, they can affect our emotional and physical wellbeing including the appearance of our skin.  

Many individuals see spring as a time for starting with a clean slate - going to the gym and clearing the cupboards of tempting and unhealthy treats. And a good few embark upon a cleansing or detox regimen to get back on track again. Today, we'll explore how a detox can help your body and your skin regain the radiance again.  

Curbing Bad Consumption Habits  

Eating the wrong types of foods can throw your system off balance. Excess sugar increases a natural metabolic process called glycation, in which sugar in your bloodstream attaches to proteins to form harmful new molecules called advanced glycation end products (AGEs - how appropriate! - for short ). AGEs can damage collagen and elastin, the fibers that keep skin firm and resilient leading to wrinkles and sagging. If that weren't enough, AGEs can also make skin more vulnerable to sun damage.

Foods and meals high in salt can have a drying effect on the skin. What's more, a diet that includes too much salt can eventually lead to high blood pressure and heart disease. Limiting, or even eliminating salt from your diet is one important step in detoxifying your body. Too much alcohol can also dry skin causing it to have a lackluster appearance. It also reduces the level of vitamin A in your body, which leads to slower turnover of dead skin cells. Dairy products can be particularly problematic in susceptible individuals and their consumption has been associated with acne, psoriasis, and eczema.

Realigning Your Diet  

In addition to eliminating sugar, salt, alcohol, and dairy products from your diet, a detox or cleansing diet will emphasize fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and plenty of water. The aim is to consume antioxidants, fiber and a range of nutrients to help support your body and limit the damage generated by free radicals. A diet filled with these elements also encourages the digestive process and helps to eliminate waste materials and toxins.

When detoxifying your body, make sure that you're exfoliating and moisturizing in your daily skin care routine. Exfoliation helps remove the dead cells from the surface of your skin while using a high-quality moisturizer can provide hydration.

In addition to following a healthy diet and exercising regularly, you may want to consider the following packaged detox solutions to help your skin and your body on its way to optimal health:

[Link Removed] - The Wild Rose kit is a comprehensive cleansing program. During a 12-day process, it removes unhealthy toxins while stimulating your metabolism, digestion, and elimination functions. It includes a specially designed meal plan and 4 herbal formulas. An optional cookbook helps with meal planning.

Sharmani is a Registered Pharmacist who specializes in anti aging skin care. She owns and operates an online skin care store at [Link Removed]

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      (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Feb 20, 2009
    • Sharmani: I have a question for you... I am taking Prednisone and I think one of the side effect is bringing out deposit on my face.  What should I do???

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      Cmrobert wrote Feb 20, 2009
    • CD, Funny you should mention Prednisone and facial side effects.  I suffer from adult eczema which oft times gets out of control.  My Dermatologist recently prescribed Prednisone which I took for about 3 weeks (and my skin cleared up wonderfully) and once I came off my face broke out like crazy.  It finally cleared up about 2 weeks later but I had to be diligent in cleaning and moisturizing.  Now I have dry patches on my face that I now have to contend with!  But it’s all good since the bumps are now gone.  Good luck in your Prednisone after effects battle.

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