Yes, It’s true—nutrition can play a big role in skin health. At times of crisis—or quarantine—it can be tough to eat clean. That’s where a slow/pressure cooker comes into play. Eat your way to health inside and out! See below for some key nutrients to consume… & of course, a yummy receipe!
Vitamin A (Retinol)—Many don’t realize that eating vitamin A can be just as effective as applying it. Topical retinoids have been linked to severe photosensitivity and skin tumor developement because it is a thickening/strengthening agent. That’s why its often used in repair serums. However, eating your retinol is much safer and has internal benefits as well!
Collagen—PROTIP: replace regular broth with BONE broth (always organic, grass fed) for max impact of bone, skin, immune system, and gut health via pure, biologic collagen (much more effective than supplements/powders), minerals, and amino acids.
Vitamin C—Powerful antioxidant, helps to repair and restore.
Magnesium—Key mineral that aids in cell turnover, rejuvenation, and hormone regulation.
Tumeric— anti-inflammatory, detoxifying, blood sugar regulating, cell turnover promotion (wound healing).
Lentils—Phytoestrogen that helps to stabilize hormones; and like Estrogen, plump and soften skin.
SPLIT PEA & LENTIL SKIN STEW
Crock Pot on Low for about 6 hrs.
8 oz Ham
(I used pre-cooked canadian bacon & added it the last hour to the pot. I saved some to crisp up in a frying pan at the end for garnish)
4 Large Carrots (cut into 1/4 inch pieces)
4 Celery ribs (cut into 1/4 inch pieces)
4-6 oz Lentils
10-12 oz Split peas, dry
1 Yellow onion, medium
6-8 cups Organic Chicken or Beef BONE broth (can mix the two!). Add more broth throughout if needed.
Baking & Spices
1-2 tsp Tumeric
3 Garlic cloves
2 tsp Oregano
1/2 tsp Red pepper flakes
1 tsp Black pepper
1 tsp salt
Kim Suvak Warden, NP, is the founder and sole provider at The Klinic by KSW Medical Aesthetics in Medford, Massachusetts. She is a Family Nurse Practitioner with a background in health and wellness, urgent and primary care. She has spent the last decade researching and documenting critical links to rising disease rates and our exposure to unregulated chemical ingredients–many of which, reside in our daily personal care products. Her mission is to educate and empower consumers to make better beauty choices, while supporting the national movement for ingredient oversight and legislation. Clinical-grade skincare does not have to come at a cost to your health or your wallet.