Most of us think that if we use moisturizing creams, serums and lotions it will help our skin look better. And while they can help your skin on the surface the best way to keep it healthy is from the inside out. Our skin is the largest organ of our body. It protects us from the outside environment and thus we must take the very best care of it in return. Some ways to bring the healthy back to your skin is to:
- Drink lots of purified water every day. We don’t necessarily have to follow the 8 glasses a day rule. Just pay attention to your thirst and opt to stay hydrated. You can add fresh cut lemons, fruits and cucumbers to water for an extra boost of skin healthy antioxidants.
- Incorporate more dark leafy green salads with protein. It’s an easy way to feed your skin with collagen rich nutrients. Top a spring mix of baby kale, arugula, and spinach with sliced roasted turkey, tarragon chicken or London broil. Top with mandarins, cucumbers, tomatoes, walnuts, chick peas, peppers, beets, strawberries, celery and a balsamic vinaigrette or extra virgin olive oil and red vinegar blend. These dressings pack more skin healthy benefits than creamy versions.
- The “incredible edible egg” is exactly what it is……it’s a beauty food and eating up to two eggs per day can benefit the overall quality of your skin without increasing cholesterol. It is a myth about eggs….they are good healthy cholesterol versus the artificial Trans fats in certain foods that are the main contributors to increasing bad LDL cholesterol. The yolks of the eggs carry the most nutritious benefits to skin. Skip the egg white omelet and opt for the complete egg itself. Choosing organic eggs rich in Omega 3 are an “egg”cellent choice.
- Boost collagen by eating “RED” fruits and vegetables. These contain lycopene which turn on collagen production. Omega rich foods such as salmon, cashews, pecans, almonds, Brazil nuts and avocados increase collagen in the body. Include sulfur rich foods such as green and black olives, fresh stalks of celery, cucumbers, raw carrots and sweet potatoes.
- Increase daily exercise and get more sleep. Exercise circulates the skin and flushes toxins through perspiration. Using a dry body brush also exfoliates the skin of dead skin and toxins. Getting 8 hours of sleep per night helps your skin to repair itself. From a facial standpoint you will also look less tired if you get enough sleep. The skin under the eyes naturally lifts when we close and rest them.
- You’ve heard it again and again but it’s so important…..please remember to use sunscreen on a daily basis or when spending pro-longed time in the sun. Eating two to three servings of foods rich in lycopene (especially cooked tomatoes) can help with protecting skin from sun damage.
Every day incorporate some of these tips to help keep your skin healthy, young and resilient. It’s the only body you’ll ever have…..love the skin you’re in……for life!
Lisa Golebieski, MS, Holistic Nutrition Consultant, Certified Health Coach
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