Healthy Diet, Healthy Skin
You may be using the right beauty and skin products, but did you know that nourishing your skin from the inside makes a huge difference? Most people don’t eat enough of the right foods to make skin brighter, tighter, and more flexible. To get a natural dewy, healthy glow, try adding some punch to your diet with a menu designed for healthy skin. As a bonus, the same nutrients that benefit your skin, benefit your entire body. Healthy body does not mean only physical health, more important seems to be the mental health, being happy and feeling healthy is he main balance of your body, but that’s another beautiful story and we will write about that on another day. Getting back to your diet, you’ll be boosting your health while enhancing your beauty and that’s a process you need take care every day!
Healthy Skin Vitamins: Antioxidants
When it comes to improving your skin, the most important thing you can put into your body is antioxidants, and the best source of antioxidants is whole fruits and vegetables. Simple, right? So why do most of us ignore the scant 5 a day that’s recommended? If you’ve been studiously ignoring the 5 a day rule since the 90′s. I have some bad news. The latest food guidelines say 7-13 servings is better, and let me tell you, that is a LOT of fruits and veggies. Look for easy ways to include veggies into soups, casseroles, sauces, and even meatloaf. You’ll cut the fat and up the nutrition, in most cases without changing the taste.
Treat yourself to a fruit smoothie to knock out 3-4 servings in one shot (use non-fat yogurt to keep the calories low and the nutrition high) and snack on dried fruits and nuts when you’re on the go. The point is to eat a whole rainbow of fruits and vegetables to get the full spectrum of antioxidants for healthy skin.
Healthy Skin Fats: Omega Oils
Another nutrient that is great for your skin is Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fats keep the outer layer of your skin healthy and help fight the effects of pollutants and other factors that can prematurely age skin.
If you’ve been suffering through an unappealing, low-fat diet for years, throw it out the window and indulge again in juicy, flavorful foods. The key is to eat the right fats – cooking oils like canola, olive, grape, or walnut, butter spreads made with flaxseed oil, olive or canola based mayonnaise. Other foods that contain Omega-3 are wild salmon and other oily cold-water fish, walnuts, and flaxseed.
If consuming that many servings of fruits and vegetables is impractical, enhance your diet by taking supplements. Look for Vitamins A, C, D, E and all B vitamins, plus flaxseed, fish, or dha supplements. Adding antioxidants and omega-3 and omega-6 fats to your diet will help give you the dewy, healthy skin that every women wants and few women over 30 have. Other factors that affect skin are smoking (don’t), hydration (do), exercise (lots), and sleep (not too much, not too little).