Your skin is the first thing people notice. It reflects how healthy you are on the inside. Therefore, a fresh, healthy complexion reflects a healthy body. You can use creams, lotions, and masks. However, the best path to beautiful skin is by eating a clean and nutritious diet.
What mom said is true: Your vegetables are good for you. Eating vegetables, especially the dark leafy kind, such as broccoli, spinach and kale, does wonders for your body. They are rich in zinc, selenium, iron, vitamins A and C, fiber, and chlorophyll. With regular intake, these vegetables enable better circulation, which means a clearer, more even skin tone. Fiber enables the detoxification of chemicals and promotes regularity. When possible, eat as many raw vegetables as much as possible. Uncooked vegetables offer the most nutrition as well as vital digestive enzymes.
Speaking of regularity and detoxification, make sure to drink at least two liters of filtered water each day. In addition to fiber, water allows the body to function more efficiently. When the body is properly hydrated, the skin is better able to retain moisture and is less prone to excessive dryness and wrinkles. Also, properly hydrated skin is less prone to acne breakouts. Be sure to use drinking bottles that are either stainless steel or made of BPA-free plastic.
Drinking green tea is another must for clear healthy skin. The antioxidants in green tea help the skin retain its elasticity. In short, it is one of nature’s most powerful age-defying products. Research published in the Journal of Nutrition says that one should drink at least four cups per day for about three months to see results.
Nettle is an herb that everyone should have in their skin care arsenal. It can be used as a tea, or in capsule form. Much like green tea, nettle is high in antioxidants and helps to improve skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. Any good health food store should have this product in stock.
Try eating plenty of nuts. The top three nuts are: almonds, walnuts, and Brazil nuts. Similar to green leafy vegetables, these nuts are rich in vital minerals like zinc, iron, selenium, magnesium, and potassium all needed for soft, supple and healthy skin. If nuts are not for you, then try pumpkin seeds.
Avacdoes are great for rebuilding collagen in the skin, something we all lose as we age. This member of the berry family contains plenty of potassium and are great in salads and can even be used in facial masks.
Consume fatty fish like salmon, tuna and sardines. When cooking, stick to olive and canola oils. In fact, olive oil can be used as a great alternative to ranch or other creaming dressings. The high monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat content act as natural internal moisturizers for the skin. In addition, they are packed with vitamin E which everyone knows is essential for overall health and are especially beneficial for psoriasis and eczema sufferers.
Eat plenty of fiber rich grains and whole grain foods. Avoid white starchy foods as much as possible. Fiber rich grains promote proper digestion and regularity. As mentioned earlier regular detoxification reflects in healthy skin. The healthier you are on the inside, the better your skin will appear.