Calcium skin benefits include cell renewal, lipid barrier function, and antioxidant protection from DNA damage.
We all know that calcium is important for bone and tooth health, and plays a role in calming the nervous system. But what role does it play in the health of your skin?
Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the human body and in regards to skin, a deficiency can manifest itself in dryness, itching, premature wrinkling, and an increased tendency to develop skin cancers. Also, when there is a calcium deficiency, your body will "steal" calcium from your bones and teeth because it needs calcium for so many processes.
Calcium is important in the function of cell turnover and regulation of the protective lipid barrier. So, skin that can shed and renew itself and maintain an appropriate lipid level is another of the calcium skin benefits.
Those who suffer from dry skin should increase calcium intake during cold, dry winter months to alleviate dryness and itching. The calcium skin benefits of maintaining a high calcium level in the upper epidermal tissues is a better protective barrier against the drying damage of cold winter air.
Calcium skin benefits for antiaging skincare include a better resistance to irregularities like premature aging and fine wrinkling, through it's important role of antioxidant production.
Although calcium is not an antioxidant by itself, it is important in regulating the production of an antioxidant called catalase. Catalase, along with other important antioxidants prevent the DNA damage that damages the texture of skin, and minimizes damage to collagen and elastin.
One of the calcium skin benefits is the effect that sufficient calcium has on the central nervous system, minimizing the effects of stress on the body, and so on the skin. A stressed nervous system shows it's direct results on skin, so staying calm is better for your skin.
A good, natural calcium supplement will ensure that there is plenty of needed calcium for all the essential body functions, including great skin.
Recommendations for calcium supplements are 1000 mg per day, and 1200 over the age of 50. Too much calcium can increase the chance of developing kidney stones so,according to experts, the safe upper limit for total daily calcium intake from all sources is 2,000 - 2,500 mg.
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Topical Calcium - Yogurt Masks
You can provide your skin with the benefits of topical calcium by treating it to a yogurt facial, and here are some to try:
Dreamy Creamsicle Smoothie Mask
For calcium goodness inside and out!
- 1 (6-ounce) container plain yogurt
- 1/3 C calcium-fortified frozen orange juice concentrate
- 1 C skim milk
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 5 ice cubes
Blend the yogurt and orange juice concentrate together. Take out 2 tablespoons and set aside for your mask. Add the milk, vanilla extract and ice cubes to the blender and blend until your smoothie is ready.
Pour out your smoothie, spread on your mask, put up your feet and enjoy!
Yogurt is not only high in calcium, it contains lactic acid which will exfoliate and even out skin tone. The orange juice, a citric acid, will add to the exfoliation process.
Yogurt and Strawberry Mask
- 1/2 C plain yogurt,
- 1/3 C mashed strawberries
- 1/2 C oats
Blend until smooth. Smooth on your face and relax for 15 minutes before rinsing off.
Yogurt Banana Mask
- 2 T yogurt
- 1/2 banana
- 1 T honey
Mash the banana, mix all ingredients together until smooth, and then apply to your face for 15 minutes.
Honey Yogurt Mask
Use Manuka Honey for even more skin benefits.
- 1 T plain yogurt
- 1 tsp of honey
if your skin is oily, add 1/2 t freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice
Combine and smooth over your face for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
Yogurt and Oat Mask
- 1 C plain yogurt
- 1/2 C finely ground oats
Good for all skin types, blend and apply for 5-10 minutes.
Yogurt and Cucumber Mask
- 1 T plain yogurt
- 1 T finely chopped cucumber
- 1 T finely chopped parsley
Great for dry skin. Leave on for 15-20 minutes before rinsing.
Yogurt Tomato Mask
- 1/2 of a deseeded tomato
- 2 T plain yogurt
- one slice of cucumber
- 2 t aloe vera gel
- 3 t finely ground oats
Mash or blend the tomato with the cucumber. Add yogurt, aloe vera gel and pulse. Stir in the finely ground oats. Leave on for 10 minutes, finally rinsing with warm water.
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