A good diet is central to overall good health
Among the elements recommended by Dr. Memar include, protein, carbohydrates, fats, essential fatty acids and all the essential vitamins and minerals. Such a diet will consist of liberal quantities of seeds, nuts and grains, vegetables and fruits, supplemented by special protective foods like milk, vegetable oils, yogurt, honey and yeast.
Vitamin B1 aids skin health by helping to keep the circulation normal;
Among Dr. Memar’s recommended foods includes the pomegranate. Over the coming months he will explore this tasty fruit and all the ways that you can enjoy it.
The right diet can help you overcome skin issues:
If your skin is unusually dry and rough -- you could be lacking sufficient vitamin A and/or suffering from deficiencies in iron, iodine and the B Vitamins. Vitamins of the B group are important in producing beautiful skin:
Vitamin B2 or riboflavin deficiency can lead to brown pigmentation, or liver spots on the skin.
Vitamin B6 or pyridoxine deficiency can result in dermatitis or eczema.
As always, see your doctor for specific advice and information on treating your individual skin type.
Here are some general, all natural recipes that can be useful in attaining healthy and beautiful skin:
To help oily skin: Squeeze lemon juice in a bowl of iced water. Splash this over the face, massage for five minutes and then wash off with water.
To improve a dull and greasy complexion: Mix half teaspoon of lime juice with one teaspoon of cucumber juice and a few drops of rose water. Apply on the face and neck and leave on for 15 minutes. Remove with water.
To improve a dry and rough skin: Take an egg yolk and mix in a few drops of lime and olive oil. Spread on the face and leave it till the skin feels dry. Wash off with ordinary water and splash on cold water.
To relieve tired eyes: Take four tablespoons each of lime juice and iced water. Saturate cotton pads in this water and place over your closed eyelids for 10 minutes. Damp green tea bags also work nicely.
About Omeed Memar, M.D.
Dr. Omeed Memar is a regular contributor to ChicagoPride.com and has a popular and successful dermatology/skin practice on Michigan Avenue.Dr. Memar
is an active Clinical Assistant Professor at Northwestern University, and medical director of Academic Dermatology & Skin Cancer Institute, where he performs Mohs surgery, cosmetic and laser surgery. He has published in leading journals, co-authored numerous chapters for textbooks, designed medical devices in the field of dermatologic surgery, and presented his research across the country.
As a gay man himself, Dr. Memar understands our issues and concerns about good health and good skin care. He is launching a new campaign "Age Well, Live Well" that addresses how we can take better care of our skin through diet, exercise, as well as options available to us if we ever have an interest in skin or cosmetic improvements.
He is also a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery; European Academy of Cosmetic Surgery; American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery; American Society for Dermatologic Surgery; and Society for Investigative Dermatology.