• Feed your skin

    Beauty may be skin deep, but beautiful skin starts in the stomach
  • Problem skin, Rachel Reishman thought, was the bane of teenagers, not women in their 20s.
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      • Salmon, deep-water fish and canola, flaxseed and walnut oils contain omega-3 fatty acid.
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      Skin foods
      • Salmon, deep-water fish and canola, flaxseed and walnut oils contain omega-3 fatty acid.

      •Legumes, seeds, raw nuts and unsaturated vegetable oils, such as grapeseed, borage, primrose, black currant, sesame and soybean oils contain omega-6 fatty acid.

      • Both "essential" fatty acids help to rebuild and produce new cells, strengthening cell membranes so waste passes in and out while cells remain hydrated, leading to plumper skin. Because these fatty acids are not manufactured by the human body, they must be obtained through food.

      • Carrots are a superior source of beta-carotene and vitamin A. Vitamin-A deficiency can lead to dry skin.

      • Fermented dairy or soy products contain acidophilus or naturally occurring live bacteria. Acidophilus promotes intestinal health, which is reflected in healthy skin.

      • Egg yolks, green leafy vegetables, legumes, sweet corn, brown rice, meat, berries, yeast, peas, soybeans, fish, butter and chicken contain vitamin-B complex, which aids digestion, promotes healthy skin and boosts muscle tone.

      • Fruits including blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, plums, tangerines, mandarin oranges, tomatoes, watermelons, rosehips, raspberries, black currants, persimmons, papayas, melons, kiwis and grapefruits have high levels of vitamin C.

      • Vegetables including artichokes, asparagus, avocados, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, corn, cucumbers, green peppers, kale, onions, peas, potatoes, sweet potatoes and summer squash

      also pack plenty of vitamin C.

      • Vitamin C is necessary for the body's production of collagen, a protein that gives skin its flexibility. Foods rich in vitamin C also strengthen capillaries that feed skin, reducing redness.

      • Fish, egg yolks, pumpkin seeds, whole grains, mushrooms, sardines, seafood, oysters, poultry, pumpkin, soybeans, sunflower seeds, lima beans and dulse contain zinc. Herbs such as hops, nettle, alfalfa, wild yam, cayenne, milk thistle, parsley, burdock root, dandelion, rose hip, chickweed, mullein, sage and sarsaparilla also are rich in the mineral, which may help prevent

      acne and regulate the skin's oil production. Zinc also speeds the healing of wounds.

      • Green tea, whether served as a beverage or added in powder form to other foods, contains polyphenols that calm the skin and antioxidants that prevent damage to skin cells from free radicals.

      • In a word — water. Drinking at least eight glasses per day is crucial for clear, plump, rosy, fresh skin. When the body is properly hydrated, it sweats more efficiently, preventing breakouts.
  • Problem skin, Rachel Reishman thought, was the bane of teenagers, not women in their 20s.
    "I was just in a period of tremendous breakout all the time," says the 23-year-old Central Point resident.
    Her skin bumpy, blotchy and red, Reishman tried a parade of skin-care products and sought facials from several estheticians — all in vain.
    "I didn't feel like my skin was improving or changing."
    Frustrated, Reishman made an appointment with Jessica Schubert, an Ashland esthetician who uses all-natural and organic skin-care products. With Schubert's help, Reishman discovered that her facial imperfections were far from skin-deep.
    "It is totally, 100-percent controlled by diet," says Schubert.
    An esthetician for 11 years, Schubert, 37, has developed an approach to health and beauty inspired in part by her father, a nutritionist and educator for Metagenics, a California-based supplement company. After working in day spas and clinical settings in Colorado, Schubert moved five years ago to Ashland, where she experienced "a rededication, a reawakening to the herbal world."
    Basing her new business around herbal, organic treatments and products, Schubert filled a void she found lacking in other skin-care settings — dietary counseling.
    "The nutritional side of skin care has exploded," Schubert says.
    In the decade since chemical peels were all the rage, the latest approaches to glowing skin are gleaned from nature, Schubert says. Sound diets for healthy skin are frequent lecture topics at the conferences Schubert attends every year. At the same time, organic skin care has become a booming trend.
    "It's the future of skin care; it's the future of our food," Schubert says.
    Their skin's future, Schubert's clients soon discover, is directly tied to the dietary habits of today. Starting with an initial questionnaire, Schubert uncovers vices like alcohol and caffeine and shortcomings like ambivalence to drinking water.
    She encourages eating a wide spectrum of fruits and vegetables, particularly those richest in antioxidants, and discourages consumption of dairy products, other than yogurt, which naturally contains beneficial bacteria. Green tea, Schubert says, offers superior support for skin, one reason for sharing a pot with her clients before each session at Abasha Restorative Organic Skin Care and Expert Waxing.
    "Caffeine dries out the skin," Schubert says. "Green tea is such a great alternative."
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