Caring and repairing our skin is a challenge we all face through the years. When we’re teens, its acne. Then, in our later years, it’s aging skin.
Although the beauty care industry spends billions on research, we are even more mystified than ever. It’s difficult to discern what works and what’s marketing hype. This is not to say that there aren’t lotions and treatments that work, but it can be difficult to discern the best from the rest.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at skin care from a slightly different angle – as an aspect of good health.
Start with detoxification
If you drink alcohol, you are putting a huge strain on your liver. If you’re well past the point of being a social drinker and are addicted to alcohol, then it’s going to show as unhealthy, dull skin. There is no point buying an expensive skin care program if your liver is overworked and can’t flush out the toxins fast enough. Since it’s difficult to just quit, you may have to research alcohol detox centers to get the help you need.
Similarly, if you are addicted to cigarettes, drugs, or have substance abuse, you must get some help to break these habits. Besides ruining your skin, these substances are also ruining your life.
There is nothing wrong with asking for help if you are taking substances that you know are toxic but you can’t stop yourself from imbibing or smoking.
10 ways to get clear, radiant, younger skin
The fastest way to clear skin is by eating more natural foods. Radiant, attractive skin is a result of eating high-quality proteins, healthy fats, and raw vegetables. Also, stay away from eating fried foods cooked in most commercial vegetable oils. The only exceptions are foods prepared with olive oil, coconut oil, or sesame oil.
Here is a list of what you should eat for improved skin health:
1. For blackheads and whiteheads eat fish, beans, olive oil, nuts, and vegetables.
2. For inflammation eat dark, leafy greens, pumpkin seeds, sweet potatoes, cantaloupe, spinach, and carrots for their vitamin A content. Also, eat foods that are high in selenium. Besides reducing inflammation, this mineral will preserve the elasticity of your skin. Onions, garlic, quinoa, and brown rice are good sources.
3. For skin bumps, swelling, blisters, rashes, or pimples, eat foods rich in Omega 3 fatty acids like walnuts, flax seed, and salmon.
4. For mild to severe acne, eat foods with Vitamin E, such as broccoli, avocados, pine nuts, and sunflower seeds.
5. For aging skin, replenish your levels of zinc. Eat foods like pumpkin seeds and dark chocolate. You will be amazed at how much younger and more radiant your skin will look after just a few short weeks of consuming zinc-rich foods.
6. For skin healing, increase your intake of foods rich in antioxidants. Slow recovery from any form of skin damage is due to insufficient antioxidants. The best way to repair damaged skin tissue is to eat broccoli, which has vitamins A, B, C, E, and K. It also has folate, Omega 3 fatty acids, and calcium. All these vitamins and minerals improve skin cell function.
7. For wrinkles and sagging skin. When your skin is low in collagen, it tends to wrinkle and sag. Tomatoes, which have lycopene and Vitamin C, help improve collagen production. Skin texture will also improve once your skin starts to produce more collagen.
8. For dry skin. If you constantly need to use external moisturizers to prevent dry skin, then you will notice a huge improvement in your skin’s ability to retain moisture once you start eating more avocados.
9. For dull skin. If your skin does not have a natural glow, then eat kale. This is packed with vitamins and minerals to create radiant, attractive skin. Kale has vitamins like A, B, C, E, and K, and minerals like calcium, magnesium, manganese, iron, phosphorus, and potassium.
10. For general skin health. By drinking at least 6 to 8 glasses of water and eating foods rich in water, like vegetables and fruits, you will keep your skin hydrated.