Many women are looking for ways to fight the signs of aging, notes pharmacist Marla Ahlgrimm. However, when researching all the products designed to reduce oil, banish pimples, and clean pores, the overwhelming glut of information can be quite confusing. In this recent conversation, Marla Ahlgrimm shares how a few home remedies may help women in their quest for better skin care.
A Gathering of Experts: A warm welcome to you!
Marla Ahlgrimm: Thank you so much, I’m grateful to be here today.
A Gathering of Experts: We’re so glad you could join us to talk about skin care for today’s women.
Marla Ahlgrimm: I’ve been looking forward to it for quite some time…
A Gathering of Experts: Although a number of skincare products may do the trick, I have heard you mention that certain daily activities are effective as well.
Marla Ahlgrimm: That’s true. Healthy lifestyle habits are just as important for proper skin care and using expensive creams and lotions.
A Gathering of Experts: How does this apply to a woman’s diet?
Marla Ahlgrimm: In terms of cooking, that means reducing salt and butter. Additionally, fried foods may lead to acne and skin breakouts.
A Gathering of Experts: What about chocolate? I love dark chocolate, do I have to give that up?
Marla Ahlgrimm: Eating chocolate has long been blamed for causing pimples, but a small serving every now and then won’t hurt.
A Gathering of Experts: Does a diet high in fat and sugar automatically result in acne and skin breakouts?
Marla Ahlgrimm: They may not be the direct cause, but overindulging in fatty foods and sugary snacks could increase a woman’s chance of developing skin irritation. It’s really all about moderation.
A Gathering of Experts: What vitamins and nutrients are especially effective for skin health?
Marla Ahlgrimm: Some of the most important vitamins and nutrients include zinc and vitamins A and C.
A Gathering of Experts: How else can women avoid these visible issues of skin problems?
Marla Ahlgrimm: Staying hydrated is another key element.
A Gathering of Experts: Why is that…?
Marla Ahlgrimm: Without proper hydration, a woman’s skin may feel flaky and dry.
A Gathering of Experts: Are there long-term effects of dehydration?
Marla Ahlgrimm: In time, the skin is more prone to wrinkles due to reduced elasticity.
A Gathering of Experts: Interesting…
Marla Ahlgrimm: Drinking the proper amount of water each day should be a habit for both men and women.
A Gathering of Experts: For most women, specialized skin care products may not be necessary, then?
Marla Ahlgrimm: In general, enjoying a lifestyle with regular exercise and healthy diet can eliminate the risk of oily, dry or damaged skin.
A Gathering of Experts: What an informative experience this has been!
Marla Ahlgrimm: It helps for women to know all of their options before spending hundreds of dollars on creams, patches and other unnecessary treatments.
A Gathering of Experts: Thank you for your advice!
Marla Ahlgrimm: Anytime.
A women’s health pioneer, Marla Ahlgrimm has co-authored two books on hormone replacement therapy. Marla Ahlgrimm is also a guest speaker at numerous events and conferences throughout the United States.