If you are like me and you love to eat, you may be an expert at seeking out the finest restaurants, but are you an expert at making the correct food choices? Your skin is an external reflection of what is going on inside your body. If you are not making healthy food choices, the color and tone of your skin will say it all. Whether you want to eat for good health, for fabulous skin, or both, try to incorporate the following 2 items into your daily diet:
1) Fruits high in antioxidants. Why do you want antioxidants? Antioxidants will scavenge free radicals – the sinister predators that contribute to skin aging! If you want to make your fruit selection a little more interesting, there are a number of exotic superfruits out there that are loaded with antioxidants. One of my favorites is mangosteen (which can be found in many Asian groceries). It has a luscious, deep purple shell, with pulpy, juicy slices of fruit on the inside. Deliciously sweet, mangosteen is loaded with phytonutrients. If you are not as adventurous, stick to fruits that are known for their antioxidant value. Fruits such as blueberries, blackberries and strawberries, are all high on the antioxidant scale (i.e. high in the Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity or ORAC value) and will work to bring back your healthy glow in no time!
2) A low fat yogurt. Many studies have shown the powerful positive effects of probiotics on intestinal health. Yes, there actually may be some truth to those Danone Activia commercials! But did you know that according to Traditional Chinese Medicinal philosophies, strong intestinal health leads to healthier, more youthful complexions? Main idea: Keep the levels of good bacteria high to fight off the bad, improve digestion and intestinal health from the inside, and enjoy luminous, beautiful skin on the outside!
I don’t mean pray in the religious sense of the word (unless you are religious of course!). However, I do mean, pray as in meditate. Make sure you take a couple minutes every day to really clear your mind. Do you know what repercussions stress has on your skin? Many don’t realize that a stressful lifestyle can take a big toll on your skin! Think about the dark eye circles or slacken, fatigued skin that results from lack of sleep, stress from an evil boss at work, or exhaustion from running your busy family! For some, it may even cause eczema! You will be surprised what a couple minutes can really do for you!
Love your skin!
Of course, having great skincare helps. In addition to a maintaining a healthy diet and reducing stress levels, using great products will have a significant impact on your skin. Make sure that you are cleansing, toning and moisturizing on a daily basis. Also, make sure you are using some sort of SPF during the daytime to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. I do recommend using an SPF 15-30 daily. Anything higher than that is really not required unless you plan to be outside for extended periods of time. Remember, although you want to protect yourself from harmful UV rays, you still need a healthy dose of sunshine which will provide your body with much needed Vitamin D!
So there you have it! My two cents for what it’s worth! Until next time…
Bye for now dolls!