During a skincare training, a brand educator once mentioned that the skin is the most important accessory. The skin care regime, just like a seasonal wardrobe needs some important changes to stay healthy. Instead of making outrageous New Year’s resolutions, make a commitment to care for your best accessory, your face!
From the inside out, the skin will reveal what is going in to the body. Don’t change your entire diet but remember three significant rules when it comes to truly nourished skin. First, it’s all about water the more you drink the happier your skin will look. Second, incorporate colorful foods in your daily nutrition. Third, your body and skin need fat, the good kind.
Dehydration can happen to all skin types including very oily skin. Drink water and water rich fruits and vegetables, it makes a massive difference in both the texture and color of the skin. Drinking a cup of coffee or soda cancels out a glass of water, so keep hydrated your skin will thank you. Increasing water intake will also be an instant fix under makeup, drinking more water will alleviate those troublesome dehydration lines that appear most commonly near the eyes and cheeks.
Colorful foods are exactly that, a rainbow of foods equates to a larger spectrum of nutrients that the skin will absorb and reflect. Beta carotene rich foods like carrots, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, kale, and spinach are not only attractive for the eyes but they offer improved protection from environmental influences including the sun. Also, beta carotene boosts cell turnover which is crucial especially in the mid 20’s when collagen production slows down. Vitamin rich fruits like berries, grapefruit, oranges and plums are enriched with antioxidants that are much more powerful when eaten opposed to being applied topically in face creams. These fruits and vegetables can easily be added into any daily meal plan and especially as snacks. There’s no excuse for a poor diet, even the busiest schedule allows a nutritious snack or two or three.
Omega oils and essential fatty acids can be found in a variety of foods. Seafood including salmon, shellfish and tuna relieve inflammation. Omega oils provide moisture retention properties that help to lock in hydration. Also, the good fat sources improve the skin’s ability to defend against harsh aggressors like UV rays and environmental stress. If for some reason you are not a fish fan or have allergies to shellfish, there are other avenues to reaping the benefits of essential fatty acids and omega oils. Many nuts easily found at the supermarket of health food stores like almonds, walnuts and pistachios are great sources of good fats.
These three simple healthy food habits will absolutely change your skin. Paired with a skin care regime to include an appropriate moisture treatment, sun protection, weekly exfoliation and a suitable daily cleanser will make a world of difference in how your skin looks and feels. Enjoy the benefits of great skin this year, you deserve it.