Eat Your Way to Glowing Skin

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It’s probably excruciatingly clichéd to repeat the old adage of ‘beauty starts within,’ but for healthy-looking skin, you’ll really get results from eating well. Trust us; it’s your best bet.

 

Sure, you can plaster on a bunch of skin treatments, but it will barely scratch the surface. Get a healthy glow and feel more energised by following these tips to eating your way to glowing skin:

 

Crash Diets

 

We can’t stress this enough: stop…dieting…for goodness sake. If you suffer from a weight problem, aim to cut out the unhealthy foods (no takeaways or greasy, processed, ready-made meals) and replace them with natural, nutrient-rich nosh.

 

Gradually reduce your food intake and exercise regularly, until you’re a healthy weight. Never starve yourself or try to shed pounds in a short amount of time – it’s an ill-advised and unhealthy approach to dropping inches off your waist. For more information on losing weight, check out the NHS – don’t listen to adverts or gal mags for anything as important as this.

 

Five A Day

 

Rainbows! Aim to eat fruits and vegetables in a variety of colours. The antioxidants in these healthy nommies help to heal cellular damage created by free radicals: pumpkin, carrots, sweet potatoes, kale, papaya, and spinach are all packed with antioxidants. Getting your five a day can help even out your skin tone and keep you looking fresh.

 

Vitamin C

 

Seeing as autumn is just around the corner, we all should be upping our Vit C intake. Vitamin C helps to boost your immune system and helps blemishes heal faster.

 

Some of the best C powerhouses are strawberries, blackcurrants, guava, blueberries, broccoli, papaya, kiwi, oranges, and sweet potatoes. These yummy additions to any meal help boost collagen levels in the skin, which means you’ll look younger for longer.

 

Don’t Shy Away From Fat

 

We’ve been brainwashed into thinking fat = bad. Healthy fats – the kind you see in avocados, fish, nuts, and seeds – are important for your skin. They naturally moisturise and keep it supple. Omega-3 fatty acids are particularly important to consume, and you can obtain this from flaxseed oil, linseeds, and walnuts.

 

Keep Drinking

 

Dehydration is the enemy of healthy, radiant skin. You should aim to keep drinking water regularly throughout the day. It’s always a great idea to keep a huge bottle on your desk at work and a portable canister in your handbag. The skin needs moisture to stay flexible – dryness can lead to premature aging and dull, grey skin.

 

Low GI Carbs

 

Don’t even consider cutting carbs out of your diet altogether – your body needs them. Especially low-GIs like beans, pulses, and porridge. These are slow releasing carbs that leave you with a fantastic supply of energy throughout the day (meaning less snacking).

 

Acne

 

Although acne is just in the cards for some people, you can certainly reduce the signs of inflammation. Avoid hydrogenated fats (margarine and processed foods) and avoid junk meals or anything high in sugar. You should be focusing on raw veggies, wholegrains, fresh fruit, and fish. Snack on Brazil nuts, cashew nuts, sunflower seeds, and walnuts.

 

 

Glowing skin takes time and effort, but we at Salons Direct try to make it simple and easy. Our approach to service doesn’t just stop at salon owners, but you, the salon consumer.  Visit our salon service site here – http://www.salonsdirect.com/ or pop across to our Facebook page

Anne

I’m a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I’m on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Comments

  1. I have been eating a lot of green vegetables lately and have noticed a major difference in my skin! 🙂

  2. I really notice when I drink water, a lot of water, my skin looks so much better.

  3. I’m always taking Vitamin C and eating a lot of green vegetables to help keep my skin and body healthy.

  4. I need to start taking vitamin C, maybe that will help my dull skin.

  5. I’m really trying to eat more veggies instead of carbs these days.

  6. I could never cut carbs out – I’d have no energy.

  7. This is so true on many levels. My skin always looks better when I eat better. I did a “no carb” diet years ago when it was “the thing” it is not good for you, or at least not me I had tons of issues.

  8. I’ve been taking a lot of vitamins lately along with drinking water and I’ve noticed a drastic change in my skin’s appearance.

  9. Well I’m getting the fat & veggies, but should be drinking more water.

  10. My mom is always on my case to take Vitamin C everyday and drink more water. I really should do it.

  11. I have been doing a sugar detox the past week and already my skin is looking SO much better!

  12. I need more vitamin C and more water. 🙂

  13. I’m in my 30’s and still struggle with acne. I’ll definitely start eating more of the foods you mentioned above.

  14. This is true. When i eat better and drink more water, it really shows in my skin.