Kate Somerville – Skin Health Experts Skincare and Spa Clinic, Los Angeles Habits to Love
I, of course, wanted to know what world-renowned skin health expert Kate Somerville does to maintain health and wellbeing. But lucky us!–Kate also shared habits that specifically promote glorious skin health. Thank you, Kate!
WN: What do you do regularly to promote your own health and wellbeing?
KS: Wear Sunscreen! In my 20’s, I loved to sunbathe at the beach, and then in my 30’s, I started to notice lines around my eyes and on my forehead. Now I never leave the house without applying sunscreen, with a minimum SPF of 30.
Hydrate. Staying hydrated makes me feel better overall, and the benefits are incredible. Keeping cells hydrated both internally and externally is important. I like using hyaluronic acid as a topical hydrator, it binds with water into the skin cells and helps them hold a thousand times their weight in water. Internally, drinking water is one of the easiest ways to stay hydrated, also supplementing your diet with fish oil and flaxseed oil help hydrate and lock moisture into skin cells.
Proper nutrition is of utmost importance to overall health and healthy skin. I pay attention to what I am eating. There are some foods that are powerhouses of nutrition, and I try to fit them into my diet on a regular basis, including almonds, avocados, black beans, blueberries, flaxseed, green tea, melons, olive oil, pomegranate, wild salmon, spinach, tomatoes, whole grains and sweet potatoes.
I used to get nervous when I had to be on QVC because it is live TV, and there are no outtakes. I adopted a method of paced breathing which helps me relax and focus. Becoming conscious of how you are breathing takes a moment; sit, relax and focus on inhaling and exhaling so that you slow down to 5 or 6 breaths per minute, this lowers your blood pressure and stimulates the flow of lymphatic fluid through your body.
I became convinced about the power of meditation after I witnessed significant changes in the skin of several of my clients who practice meditation. Meditation helps clear my head of inner chatter and is the most effective stress reliever when done regularly.
WN: What are the most important things people can do to promote good skin health?
KS: Eat a range of fruits and vegetables–preferably organic. Many natural foods are lower on the glycemic index and keep the body in balance. Research shows that good nutrition actually helps keep wrinkles at bay. A study done in Australia discovered that older people who ate a lot of vegetables, legumes, and olive oil had less wrinkling and aging than those whose diet contained more meat, milk, and sugar.
Exfoliate! If you don’t exfoliate … start! For glowing skin, the first step is exfoliation. Getting rid of the dead layer of skin cells is crucial for a brighter complexion. Exfoliating prevents dead skin cells from clogging pores and trapping oils. My favorite exfoliant is ExfoliKate, a product in my line that uses natural fruit enzymes, gentle acids, and microbeads to clarify and polish skin for a glowing, fresh-from-the-Clinic look. I recommend exfoliating one to three times a week, depending on your skin type.
Avoid refined sugars, flour and grain products, salt, and Trans-fatty acids. All of these foods have been processed and refined so many times that the nutritional benefit they once had has been eliminated. In fact, these foods can promote inflammation and aging and may contribute to other issues such as acne, eczema, rosacea and psoriasis. Not to mention, if you’re waking up with puffy, swollen eyes – a high salt intake could be the culprit!
Cleanse. Cleansing is key for healthy skin and is a crucial step. Cleansing daily gets rid of all the dirt and debris your skin is exposed to all day. Make sure you use a cleanser that’s appropriate for your skin type. And for those who wear a lot of makeup, you may want to use a cleansing brush or wash your skin twice.
-Kate Somerville, Feb 12, 2013
Kate Somerville is founder and director of Los Angeles-based Kate Somerville Skin Health Experts skincare line and spa. She was first to integrate skincare and medicine and developed an innovative skin health philosophy based on a Skin Health Pyramid. Kate is the author of Complexion Perfection: Your Ultimate Guide to Beautiful Skin. The Kate Somerville Skin Health Experts skincare line and medi-clinic is a favorite among beauty editors and Hollywood stars. She has been featured in Vogue, Vanity Fair, Elle, Marie Claire, Allure, Self, InStyle, Glamour, Health, Shape, and People magazines.
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