Spoiler Alert, you can have healthy skin like Gwyneth Paltrow

Are you looking for the secret to great looking skin? With so many products on the market, how do you know what is best for your skin? It is almost impossible, especially with so many claims and ideas on what works best. Gwyneth Paltrow has naturally glowing skin and is not afraid to show it unmasked on Instagram. Glowing skin is often something many of us seek, so what is the secret to beautiful, naturally glowing skin?

It begins and ends with hydration.

Our bodies are made up of mostly water, so it is vital to stay hydrated. As we age, our skin changes. By the age of forty, our bodies have slowed down the production of human growth hormone, which plays a vital role in our skin health. Fine lines, wrinkles, and the appearance of cellulite becomes more visible. Creams boast of helping, but is it temporary or do they really work?

The best thing for skin health starts with daily nutritional habits. Our skin is designed to protect us from environmental ailments such as the sun as well as keep us safe from harmful infection. For our skin to protect us and stay healthy, we must nourish it.

Foods high in antioxidants are essential. Colorful fruits and veggies such as muscadine grapes, pomegranates, and carrots, are good examples, as are grains high in antioxidants such as wheat germ. Also, we certainly need an adequate supply of high-quality proteins such as soy, fish, foul. Notice, red meat was not mentioned as quality protein. A good rule to follow is to consume less red meat and enjoy leafier green vegetables. This practice of more antioxidants and quality proteins can help reduce inflammation and also help fight autoimmune conditions that affect your skin as well.

For example, fatty fish, such as salmon and mackerel, contain rich sources of omega-3 fatty acids which improve the resilience of the skin, adds bounce and elasticity, and is primary in keeping the skin thick, supple and moisturized. A deficiency in omega -3 can cause dry skin. Salmon is also a great source of Vitamin E, which is one of the most essential antioxidants for the skin. Getting enough vitamin E is critical for protection against damage from free radicals and inflammation. The protein in the fish helps to maintain the strength and integrity of the skin.

Other foods include avocados which contain healthy fats that are associated with supple, springy skin. They also contain compounds that help protect the skin from UV damage. Avocados are an excellent source of Vitamin E, and Vitamin C. Vitamin C is used by the skin to create collagen and to help protect skin from oxidative damage. Nature provides a synergistic effect with these two vitamins as they work better together than individually. Other sources of these vitamins are walnuts, sunflower seeds, sweet potatoes (beta-carotene which imparts color to the skin), red/yellow peppers, broccoli, and tomatoes.

What if we could take nutrition to another level by providing nourishment at the structural source? One company in Orange County has tapped into the hydration therapy for the body, with one treatment, in particular, focused on glowing skin.

“Hydrating on a cellular level helps you hydrate quicker, and it lasts longer,”

stated Brian Noggle of The Hydration Room at their Laguna Beach location. Hydration therapy was started to help combat migraines and dehydration on many levels but is expanded to help with jet lag, energy, hangovers, and skin health.

The IV therapy for skin health includes a shot of glutathione, a natural peptide found in our amino acids which encourage the natural process of skin growth and health. Skin Health ($190) delivers antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients to directly to your bloodstream, which provides the nourishment directly to your cells and organs, and in this case, your skin. The therapy delivers a high dose of Vitamin C, which prevents loss of water through the skin. It is also an antioxidant, known for kicking out aging-related free radicals and even reversing some of the damage that UV rays from the sun.

Could hydration therapy be the next big thing in skin health? 

Celebrity skincare lines can make a billion dollars all because of a name behind it. Marketing is everything in drawing attention and dollars from consumers. The beauty industry is vastly expanding, as we are starving for great, healthy-looking skin. Skin health needs to come with a buyer beware stamp, as we need to understand expensive products may not support healthy and natural skin function. As consumers, most of us are not educated on what is required to protect our largest organ, the skin, because it is the organ we probably know the least about in terms of its complexities and its function in overall health.

So when a celebrity is promoting the latest skincare line, rushing out and buying it because of a name is the last thing we should be doing. Pills, capsules, and creams cannot replace hydration.

The secret to glowing skin, hydration.