Your mother was right when she said “eat your fruits and vegetables”! Your skin is your largest organ and the most exposed to elements both inside and out. You can slap on the most expensive creams, but without knowing the whole story you will be sadly disappointed with the results. The great news is that your skin is one area where you can make a noticeable difference to the way you look, FAST. Incorporating these easy and delicious tips, you can start looking and feeling younger within weeks.
Foods rich in vitamin A help form and maintain healthy skin, teeth, skeletal and soft tissue, and mucus membranes. It is also known as retinol because it produces the pigments in the retina of the eye. Polyphenols, found in berries, play a major role in keeping the skin healthy. Flavonoids are among the most beneficial nutrients that you can derive from plants and plant products. They are antioxidants found naturally in plants. Antioxidant-rich foods include berries, grapes, pomegranate, walnuts, almonds, black beans, cooked tomatoes, eggplant, spinach, whole grains and superfoods such as seaweed. Vitamin C has shown positive results as UVA/UVB protection, decreasing hyperpigmentation (brown spots) and increase collagen production, all factors in aging skin. Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin C. Other great sources of vitamin C include papayas, carrots and citrus fruits.
A mutually beneficial relationship exists between flavonoids and vitamin C. Each substance improves the antioxidant activity of the other, and many of the vitamin-related functions of vitamin C also appear to require the presence of flavonoids.
For that young, dewy look, you need to seal this water into your skin. To do that, you need to eat healthy essential fats. Not only do they make your cell membranes stronger-which helps prevent harmful toxins from being absorbed-they also keep moisture from getting out. Without plenty of omega 3, 6 and 9, drinking water is like trying to fill a paddling pool with a hole in it. Be sure to include at least one serving of these essential fats per day such as salmon, unsalted nuts, seeds, avocado, and vegetable oils such as canola oil, olive oil and safflower oil.
It’s also important to know that a disrupted digestion prevents proper absorption of nutrients, thus starving your skin of the raw material to keep it looking young. Certain foods and supplements can help improve liver function and liver detox systems are enhanced by broccoli sprouts, seaweed, and dark greens.
I am sure you have been told a million times to drink 6 to 8 glasses of water a day. Well, you are going to hear it one more time. Drinking water regularly can help muscles increase, fat to be lost, and skin to shine, creating a better version of the body you have.
According to the MayoClinic, water is used for a variety of functions in the body, such as moistening tissues and protecting internal organs, dissolving nutrients to be absorbed by the body, lubricating joints and regulating body temperature. Water helps the kidneys flush out waste products as well as help in oxygen transport to the cells of the body.
Elderberry and cranberry juices are good choices for their immune boosting and anti-bacterial properties. Avoid high sugar juices, especially from exotic fruits such as banana and mango, because sugar is the ultimate skin-ager.
The polyphenols in red wine and green tea contain anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that detoxify and help repair cell-damaging free radicals in the body.
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Try adding flaxseed, ginger, garlic, turmeric, cinnamon, honey, lemon and lime to your food and drink to add a punch of flavour that harbors a powerhouse of antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, stomach-soothing, and liver-and heart-protecting effects.
Some foods and herbs may alter the effects of some prescription and non-prescription medications. If you have allergies, are currently being treated with medications or have an illness, you should first talk to your health care provider.
5 Skin Care Basics
- Cleanse and Tone
- Exfoliate (facial scrubs and fruit enzyme peels work to soften and break down and digest dead skin cells.)
- Nourish (serums and masks)
- Hydrate (day and night creams or lotions with hyaluronic acid)
- Protect (sunscreen and lip balm with SPF 15 or more)
10 Deadliest Skin-Aging Sins
Research shows that there are, in fact, two distinct types of aging. Aging caused by the genes we inherit is called intrinsic (internal) aging. The other type of aging is known as extrinsic (external) aging and is caused by external or environmental factors. Here are some of the worst extrinsic factors.
- Sun exposure
- Lack of sleep
- Bad food choices
- Dehydration from lack of water intake, using too hot water or exposure to very cold and hot temperatures
- Harsh cleansers or products containing toxic ingredients
- Lack of exercise. Exercise helps to tone your muscles and get your blood flowing.