Nutrition for Healthy Skin

March 9, 2009

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This is post two in a series on natural beauty treatments.

Most of us use facial skin care products on a regular basis, and we use them to do more than just clean our skin. We also want them to moisturize, remove excess oil, prevent acne and premature aging. But we can get similar results with homemade skin treatments. Final

The basis of natural beauty is healthy skin.

If your skin looks good, everything else looks better. You’ll need little or no makeup to go out, and people will notice your healthy glow right away. Health=beauty. Of course, a big part of that is healthy eating.

It’s imperative to get adequate nutrition if we want to look our best.

Our bodies depend on nutrients to function properly, and if we’re not getting the nutrition we need, it will show on the outside. Our bodies detoxify through the skin, so if we’re toxic on the inside, then premature aging, rashes, and acne will show up on the outside.

A few tips:

  • Drink enough water and avoid all sodas and sugary drinks (except raw, unpasteurized juice – cooked juice is pure sugar)
  • Eat foods rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants help protect our bodies from exposure to pollutants and chemicals, as well as some of its own processes. Fruits and vegetables are high in antioxidants, as is green tea.
  • Hair is made up almost entirely of protein, so including enough protein in our diets will result in healthier hair. B vitamins are also essential to healthy hair. Vitamins A and E (take your cod liver oil!) are the building blocks of healthy skin.
  • Eat healthy fats. I know most of us have been indoctrinated to believe that fat is bad, but we’ve been sold a bill of goods. Fat is absolutely imperative for human health. Fat does not make you fat. Lack of fat, on the other hand, makes you ugly and moody and kills your libido. :)
  • Attitude. Ever known a resentful, angry person who can’t let go of anything, ever? I know I do. And they look old and mean, right? Being happy and grateful makes you look ten years younger. Try it!
  • Exercise. Of course, exercise is also super important as a beauty treatment. Exercise retards aging. It increases oxygenation of the blood, giving you healthy color. It makes you happier and more energetic. All of those things make you prettier.
  • Sleep. Girl, you know it’s true! Don’t shortchange yourself of adequate sleep. If you have insomnia, start exercising. I’ve never yet met an insomniac who worked out. Exercise helps you work out the stress that is keeping you awake, and tires your body out so you fall asleep faster and sleep better.

Ok so those last three things had nothing to do with eating, but they’re just as important! Tomorrow we’ll talk about ingredients for homemade facial cleansers. Stay tuned.

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One Response to “Nutrition for Healthy Skin”

  1. Monica on March 14th, 2009 7:09 am

    Yes, grease is good. And good sleep do wonders.

    I should be drinking more water.

    Thanks for the series!

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