• Liyan Lu

Keep healthy skin

The following are our clinical tips for skin care, you may want to try some of them to keep your skin healthy and glowing:

Internal care

Vitamin B2: supports a wide-spectrum of health benefits, it is essential for tissue repair. It helps to maintain healthy skin and hair. Many of our patients who had skin issues in the past, after about a month of taking vitamin B2 100mg daily, their skin problems disappeared.

Vitamin C: try a diet rich in vitamin C or take vitamin C 500 mg every day to help promote younger looking skin.

Calcium: Calcium is a very important element in the epidermis, it helps to generate new skin cells, shed old skin cells and replace old ones. If skin does not have enough calcium stored in the epidermis, it may appear fragile, thin, dry and rash like. To improve skin health and reduce rashes take Calcium 600mg with Vitamin D 400 IU twice a day.

Papaya and pineapple enzymes help with digestion, reduce inflammation and keep the skin healthy. Take one enzyme pill with each meal.

Probiotics: are good bacteria that strengthen the gastrointestinal barrier function, stop unhealthy substances that leak into the bloodstream and avoid skin allergies. Taking probiotics as a daily supplement will help general health.

Raw apple cider vinegar kills germs and nourishes the body at the same time. It has natural cleansing, healing and energizing health benefits. Add one tablespoon of ACV in a glass of water and drink it after each meal.

Ping’s red drink: the basic ingredients are tomato, carrot, beets, purple cabbage, grapes, Chinese dates and Goji berries. Blend with 8 oz water (see for more details). This drink is an antioxidant to help with general health and to detoxify the body. It also helps reproduce blood cells and keep a nice complexion.

Topical care

Butter: real unsalted butter which is from milk is a natural moisturizer for the skin. For several years I haven’t used any lotion or moisturizers only butter on my skin without having any problems. Rub about 1/8 teaspoon of butter between your palms until it melts and apply it on your skin twice a day. Note: 1) Don’t rinse off, your skin will absorb it and it won’t smell or feel greasy. 2) To keep the butter fresh or from smelling, you should keep it in the freezer and cut as needed.

Emu oil: the benefits of emu oil are the same as butter, but it does not smell. Emu oil is a good alternative for people who don’t like the smell of butter, but it is kind of expensive.

Shea butter: is another natural skin moisturizer and sun blocker. It is fat extracted from the nut of the African Shea tree so it’s a little greasy, but has no smell. It is good for dry skin and healing sun burns. Apply it alone or over the butter in the morning.

Tamanu oil is employed by Polynesian women for promoting healthy, clear, blemish-free skin, and is also used on babies to prevent diaper rash and skin eruptions. In my clinic practice, tamanu oil effectively heals a paper cut, skin sore and sun burn. You can use it daily or as needed.

Note: to avoid oily residue from rubbing the Butter, Emu oil, Tamanu oil and Shea butter on the skin, pat with a soft tissue on skin lightly, which absorbs the left over oil immediately. Caution: any oil going into the eye can cause irritations.

Mesh Pouf Bath Sponge: Every night when showering use a mesh sponge with soap and gently rub on your face and body. Or you can use the spa splendor deep cleansing exfoliating gloves to clean your face and body twice a week instead of using the bath sponge every day. This will help to get rid of dead skin cells and boost new growth.

Acupuncture treatment

Helps to relief stress, relax muscles, boost the immune system, improve circulation, reduce inflammation and detoxify the body. Some patients use facial acupuncture for reducing wrinkles and after they feel great.

A story about butter benefits

In 2012 my husband and I went to Israel and Jordan and was unable to use the regular skin lotion due to our lost luggage. At that time we could only use the restaurants’ butter as a moisturizer. We were in the desert under very strong sun light but didn’t get a sun burn when we used butter on our skin. Since then I stopped using all lotions and only use butter on my skin. It is not the only case, a registered nurse told me that she used to treat sun or heat burns with butter. In 2014 we visited Tibet, the tour guide said Tibet women have glowing skin and beautiful complexions because they use butter as a daily moisturizer to protect their skin under harsh climate living conditions. In the past, American movie stars used emu oil, Japanese used horse oil and ancient Chinese women used sheep oil for skin care. I noticed that animal fat is the best moisturizer for skincare without having any preservatives. I suggested that our patients with skin issues use butter or emu oil, and their rashes or skin lesions improved or vanished after time. Lately, I applied the oil extracted from pork and chicken fat on my 2 year old grandson’s face to help with his wind burn and it smoothed his skin right way, the result was just as good as using butter.

For more information please call Dr.Lu at (661) 513-9265 Ping’s Acupuncture/ Bamboo Acupuncture.

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