As we head into a new year, it’s the perfect time to start thinking of what good things you can put in your body, not only for your overall health, but for your natural skin care as well. We’ve all heard the old adage, “You are what you eat” and the things you’ve been putting in your body (especially now, during the holidays) aren’t necessarily the best things to benefit your natural skin care. Your skin is a reflection of how healthy you are on the inside, so as we head into 2016, add these items to your grocery list to help benefit your natural skin care routine from the inside out!
#1 Good Old H2O – Water is good for your entire body, and you should drink the correct amount of water for your body weight on a daily basis. According to webmd.com, about eight glasses a day should suffice and the benefits to your skin include reduced fine lines and wrinkles, increased moisture retention, and increased blood flow that can give your skin that glowing appearance.
#2 Antioxidants – You’ve probably heard a lot about antioxidants lately, all that talk is justified. Antioxidants can play a role in your overall health by cleaning free radicals out of your bloodstream. They have a range of health benefits; some studies have shown that antioxidants reduce the signs of aging by minimizing wrinkles and preserving the texture of the skin.” 1
Your antioxidant shopping list should include foods rich in:
- Vitamin A (oranges, sweet potatoes, carrots, leafy greens, cantaloupe, bell peppers)
- Vitamin C (broccoli, spinach, peppers, citrus fruits)
- Vitamin E (nuts, avocados, seafood broccoli and dark, leafy greens)
- Beta Carotene (pumpkin, mangoes, apricots, carrots, spinach)
- Lycopene (tomatoes, pink grapefruit, watermelon)
- Selenium (seafood, lean meats, whole grains).
#3 Omega 3 fatty acids – Omega 3 fatty acids also play a role in your overall health, including heart health and should be a part of your natural skin care routine as well. Omega 3s can benefit your skin by preventing dryness and blemishes and giving a smooth, supple, youthful appearance to your skin. I think we can ALL give those benefits two thumbs up! So, in order to stock on natural sources of omega 3s, look for seafood (halibut, herring, mackerel, oysters, salmon, sardines, trout, fresh tuna) nuts and seeds (walnuts, pumpkin seeds, flaxseed) and produce (brussel sprouts, kale, mint, parsley, spinach, watercress) OR look for oils and juices, dairy and cereals fortified with Omega 3s.2
Try adding some of these foods with natural skin care benefits to your shopping list and you’ll likely see improvement in your skin, hair and overall health as well! Oh, and just a few extra natural skin care tips for the holiday season! Don’t forget the sunscreen, even in the winter and try not to consume excess amounts of caffeine and alcohol, as these can both dehydrate you, causing you to suffer from dull, dry skin. If you need a natural skin moisturizer to combat the effects of alcohol or caffeine, look for nourishing ingredients like Vitamin E found in products like our Clere Radiance.