The Revolution: What Your Complexion Says About You
Dr. Jennifer Ashton and Harley Pasternak teamed up to talk about what your complexion says about you, inside and out. First, Dr. Jennifer brought up a skin condition called Tenting.
The Revolution: Tenting Test
You can do a quick and easy test for Tenting. Pinch the skin under your eye or on the back of your hand. If the skin retracts, your body is well hydrated. But if the skin stays pinched, this is a sign of dehydration and you need to drink more hydrating liquids, like water.
The Revolution: Women & Body Acne
Everyone has a pimple now and then. But Dr. Jennifer said severe facial or body acne in women can be a cause for concern, especially if it doesn’t respond to topical treatments. This can be caused by Hormone Imbalance, and could even be a sign of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. Watch out for pimples on your chest or back, and ask your Gynecologist.
You can read more about Hormonal Acne Treatment.
The Revolution: Acanthosis Nigricans
If you have dark, thick patches of skin on your neck, or in the armpits or groin, is called Acanthosis Nigricans. It is more common in people with darker skin tones, such as African Americans or Hispanics. If you notice this, it could be a warning sign of Diabetes, and you want to mention it to your doctor right away.
The Revolution: Dr. Jennifer’s Face Mask Recipe
Dr. Jennifer said the skin is the body’s largest organ, and whatever we put on the skin will be absorbed into the bloodstream. She recommended using natural products whenever possible. An Indian medical philosophy says, “If it’s not pure enough to eat, don’t put it on your skin.”
Dr. Jennifer shared the recipe for a home facial mask using common kitchen ingredients. Did you know your skin sheds as many as 40,000 dead cells each minute? That’s a lot of dead skin floating around, and it’s a prime reason why you see dust around the house.
- ¾ cup Whole or Low Fat Milk
- ¼ cup White Sugar
- 1 tbsp. Honey
- Mix the ingredients into a paste.
- Leave it on the skin for about 15 minutes.
- After enjoying this exfoliating, hydrating treatment, rinse it off with warm water.