Garbage in, garbage out. We’ve all heard it a thousand times: what you put in your body will be reflected on its surface. And yet this adage could not be truer when speaking in terms of skin care. One of the most important things I learned while studying to become an esthetician was how much of an effect the internal state of our bodies has on the outside. When worrying about your skin care regimen, focus on the basics first—a few elementary principles will make all the difference in the world.
None of us drink enough water, yet upping your daily water consumption is the most important thing you can do to improve your skin. It works to clear toxins from your system, promotes healthy digestion and hydrates your skin, giving it a glam glow.
2. Green Tea
In addition to including more water in your diet, adding green tea to your daily routine will up your count of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant agents. Plus, it’s a proven weapon for fighting bacteria and free radicals, so you can’t go wrong.
Research has shown that antioxidants can help to reduce visible signs of aging, like fine lines and wrinkles. By eating antioxidant-rich foods regularly, you will keep your antioxidant levels high. Berries—specifically blueberries, blackberries, goji berries and açai berries—are some of the best sources available.
4. Fatty Acids
Store up on healthy omega-3 and omega-6 oils, which will ensure that nutrients and water enter your cells and that waste products are removed. Walnuts, salmon and flax seed oil are some of the best sources.
5. Vitamin A
Your body needs vitamin A in order to develop and maintain healthy skin cells. For a healthy dose of this important vitamin look to sweet potatoes, milk, carrots, spinach and egg yolks.
By infusing some, if not all, of these foods into your daily life, you can change the future of your skin’s healthfulness and appearance. To make an even greater impact, try eliminating some of your skin’s biggest enemies from your diet at the same time. For starters, cut down on sugary and greasy foods, which introduce oils and waste into your system that can feed bacteria and contribute to breakouts. Of course, things won’t change overnight, but substituting good habits for bad ones will make a positive difference in your skin over time. Take the garbage out; put the good stuff back in.
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