Beauty from the Inside Out
So often we look for quick fixes in lotions and potions that promise to help us look younger and more beautiful. But nothing is more effective than approaching beauty from the inside out. Our skin is a reflection of what’s going on in our bodies. Certain foods are said to heal and protect skin, while others can contribute to breakouts and wrinkles (yes, wrinkles).
- Whole Foods. You can heal your skin by eating plenty of whole, unprocessed, organic foods to provide your body with more nutrients and fewer toxins. Fruits and leafy greens like kale and spinach are especially good (Green Smoothies are a great way get your fruits and veggies!)
- Omega-3s. You can prevent fine lines and wrinkles with Omega-3 fatty acids. These beautifiers keep skin hydrated and more elastic. You can find them in oil-rich fish (like salmon), flax seeds and walnuts.
- Antioxidants. Load up on antioxidant-rich foods like blueberries, red grapes and pomegranate to prevent wrinkles because they protect skin from damaging free radicals brought on by exposure to the sun and pollution.
- Fiber. Get your daily dose of fiber to heal skin by flushing out toxins. The daily recommendation is about 25 to 35 grams per day. Beans, whole fruits and whole grains are all chock full of fiber.
- Hydrate. Drinking plenty of water also helps flush out toxins. The daily recommendation is 64 ounces, or about five 12-ounce glasses. If you get bored with water, try tea as long as it’s free of caffeine, which is a diuretic.
Things to Avoid.
- Stress It can be nearly impossible to avoid stress; but you can find ways to manage it, and that will get you on the road to clearer skin. To help manage stress, try to get enough sleep, exercising regularly, and taking time out for calming activities.
- Fats. Unhealthy fats, such as fats found in animal products and processed foods, promote inflammation, which in turn makes rosacea and acne worse. Healthy fats, like the fatty acids found in avocados, can promote growth of collagen and elasticity, as well as combat free radical damage.
- Sugar. Sugar contributes to wrinkles, acne and rosacea. It stiffens the skin and leads to fine lines and wrinkles by breaking down collagen density. Just like fats, sugar promotes inflammation, which exacerbates rosacea and leads to acne.
- Processed Foods. When you eat processed foods, like white bread and chips, you get the same effects as when you eat sugar, because these foods lack nutrients and quickly convert into sugar in our bodies.
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