HEALTHY SKIN: ONE BITE AT A TIME

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Genetics, lifestyle and beauty products…  all play a role in how your skin looks.  But nutrition is just as important in giving you a beautiful, radiant complexion and top complexion cures still come from nature.  Skin is the largest organ in our body and the foods you eat can provide the same positive benefits as they do other major organs.  You can literally eat your way to better skin, since healthy foods nourish us from the inside out. Whether you consume them or apply them directly to skin, these items can have positive effects on keeping your complexion even, clear, young and healthy.

Green Tea 

Green Tea is high in the antioxidant EGCG, which is proved to reduce redness and reduce inflammation.  Green tea also contains tannins, which act as an astringent when applied to skin and can help reduce puffiness.  Refrigerate or freeze wet tea bag and put on eyes for 10-15 minutes to reduce puffiness.

Nuts 

Almonds contains vitamin E, which combats skin-aging free radicals, protecting skin from sun damage.  Vitamin E also helps skin hold in moisture, relieving dryness and making skin look younger.  Walnuts are a rich source of Omega-3 fatty acids, which help put shine in your hair and boost skin’s elasticity, vitality and luminosity.  It also contains copper, which boosts collagen production. Grind up nuts and add to your favorite homemade mask to use as an exfoliator.

Pumpkin

Pumpkin is high in alpha and beta-carotene.  Our bodies convert beta-carotene into vitamin A, which acts as an antioxidant, preventing cell damage, premature aging and anti-acne benefits.  Alpha carotene is also thought to slow the aging process.  Pumpkins also contain enzymes that cleanse the skin.  It makes a great skin treatment to help restore and reverse skin damage from the sun. You can make a mask by combining 1 Tbsp. pumpkin puree, 1 Tbsp. Greek yogurt, 1 tsp. honey, 1 tsp. coconut oil and ½ tsp. cinnamon.  Apply on clean, damp skin and leave on for 10-15 minutes and rinse off with warm water.

Blueberries  

improve blood circulation that helps make skin glow.  They contain powerful antioxidants called anthocyanins that protect the skin against collagen-damaging free radicals, keeping skin tight and firm.  Blueberries also contain vitamin C which helps with collagen production.

Yogurt 

Plain yogurt contains many ingredients beneficial to skin, such as lactic acid, calcium, zinc and B-vitamins.  Lactic acid is found in many skin care products to make skin smoother, exfoliate and moisturize dry skin.  Lactic acid is also helpful in preventing wrinkles and reducing existing wrinkles.  Zinc has properties that act as an astringent to help tighten up tissues, tissue growth, cell production and control oil production in the sebaceous glands, preventing oily skin and acne breakouts.  The B-vitamins in yogurt helps with cell growth and regeneration and protects skin cells from damages caused by free radicals.  Calcium has anti-oxidant properties that heal and prevent dry, scaly skin.  For a nourishing mask, apply 1 Tbsp. of yogurt onto clean, damp skin.  Leave this on for 10-15 minutes and rinse with warm water.  Dry face and apply a light moisturizer.

Greens

Veggies like spinach and kale are very rich in water and contains a lot of vitamin A, which helps skin produce more fresh new cells and get rid of the old ones, reducing dryness and keeping faces looking bright and young.

Water 

Water makes up about 60 percent of your body weight and is vital to health.  Every system in your body depends on water.  Drinking plenty of water is great for your skin and if you don’t drink enough, you’ll suffer from dry skin, puffy eyes and dark circles under the eye.  Much of water is lost through the pores through evaporation, especially during the winter months when the air is dry and pulls moisture from the skin, leaving skin looking dry and dull.  Drinking plenty of water moisturizes the skin and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  Additionally, water helps to cleanse, purify and wash away dirt and oil from the skin.

Oatmeal  

Oatmeal has been used for centuries to treat dry skin and acne and used as skin lightener, cleanser and moisturizer.  Oats have anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and anti-itch properties that relieve itchiness and dry skin. Oats also help in maintaining the skin’s natural barrier function and protect skin from harsh chemicals and skin conditions like eczema, rosacea and rashes. Oats contain natural cleansers called saponins that can absorb and remove dirt and oil and exfoliate dead skin cells, leaving  skin soft and silky skin with reduced pore size.  To make a mask, prepare oatmeal as directed, leave on skin for 10-15 minutes and rinse with warm water.