Super Foods For Super Skin

Did you know it takes 6 weeks for new skin to emerge to the surface? The visible benefits from dietary changes won’t happen over night, but, with patience and consistency the benefits to the skin could be long-lasting!

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am a fanatic about my skin care regiment now that I am 48 years old. Always thinking of different ways to protect it from the inside out. I want to age well, so as long as I can keep my skin glowing, I feel I’m ahead of the game. That’s more of a priority than makeup trends to me because you only have ONE set of skin to last you-your life time.

Have you ever heard the old saying “you’re as young as you feel”, but what happens when the skin on your face starts to look older than your young-at-heart spirit?  What do we do then?  Plastic surgery? Because I’m telling you the god’s honest truth once you get a wrinkle there is no cream that is going to make it go away. Sure there are creams and products out there to prevent wrinkles, but none that will actually make it go away.

The cosmetics industry in a multi-billion dollar industry, it is their job to make and sell you stuff. Whether it works or not. I’m not saying they are purposely defrauding you so don’t take that the wrong way. What I am saying is that’s their job to sell it and that nothing gets rid of a wrinkle besides plastic surgery. (Wink Wink) So do what you will with that info.

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I have always said the best preventative care starts at an early age-when you most likely don’t do it, because you don’t think you need it.

There are some healthy tips you can do to keep your self looking in tip top, youthful, at your prime best and I am going to share them with you now!

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1. Don’t forget about your neck.

Skincare should not stop at your jawline. Take your cleansers, creams, toners and moisturizers past your chin, all the way down to your décolleté. Use an upward sweeping motion when applying to resist the pull of gravity and pamper yourself with a little neck massage.

2. Less is more.

Opt for a lighter makeup application and steer clear from powders or heavy liquids that can settle into fine lines causing them to look more prominent. Use a primer to fill and plump any existing wrinkles and be sure to use these tips to prevent new ones from forming.

3. Keep your collagen production up.

Collagen is the protein in your body that keeps skin looking elastic – a crucial element of glowing, young-looking skin. To increase collagen, look for skin care products with Vitamin A.

4. Watch your eyes.

Since the skin around your eye is the thinnest on your entire body, the effects of aging can make it sag – and quickly. The right eye cream will keep the skin under your eyes hydrated and toned.

5. Drink plenty of H20.

Drinking an adequate amount of water daily is important for overall good health because water aids in digestion, circulation, absorption and even excretion. Skin is an organ, and just like any other part of the body your skin is made up of cells. And skin cells, like any other cell in the body, are made up of water. Without water, the organs will certainly not function properly or at their best.If your skin is not getting the sufficient amount of water, the lack of hydration will present itself by turning your skin dry, tight and flaky. Dry skin has less resilience and is more prone to wrinkling.

6. Get plenty of sleep.

A good night’s sleep can mean good skin health because when you’re sleep-deprived, your body makes more of the stress hormone cortisol. Elevated levels of cortisol can lead to increased stress and inflammation in the body, hurting your skin’s quality. Increased inflammatory response shows up as increased acne breakouts, increased skin sensitivity, increased allergic contact dermatitis reactions, and increased irritant dermatitis — and more severe conditions mean more treatment and skin care. Increased inflammation throws off the body’s ability to regulate the immune system, which leads to you getting sick more often. While you’re sleeping, the body’s hydration re-balances. Skin is able to recover moisture, while excess water in general in the body is processed for removal. Not getting enough sleep results in poor water balance, leading to puffy bags under your eyes and under-eye circles, as well as dryness and more visible wrinkles. I could go on and on with this one so let me just stop here. I’m sure you get what I’m saying.

7. Get plenty of exercise.

It’s hardly news that exercise is great for your heart, lungs, and mental outlook. Here’s another reason to get moving: Regular exercise is one of the keys to…….you got it! Healthy skin!

We tend to focus only on the cardiovascular benefits of physical activity and those are important. But anything that promotes healthy circulation also helps keep your skin healthy and vibrant. By increasing blood flow, exercise helps to nourish skin cells and keep them vital. Blood carries oxygen and nutrients to working cells throughout the body, including the skin.

8. Diet…Yes, the food we eat, effects our skin.

Have you ever heard the old saying “You are what you eat”? It couldn’t be more true. But If you’re not sure which foods are good for your skin and which ones are harmful, don’t worry your not alone. Most of us have at least a basic idea of what would make a healthy food choice. We’re aware that fast food probably isn’t the best option for our overall well-being, and that brownies pack a lot more calories than, say, a carrot stick.

But, have you ever stopped to consider how your skin is affected by what you eat? I mean, other than having some vague concept that perhaps fried foods and chocolate may cause breakouts, do you even stop to think about how what you’re eating will make your skin look? Well, you should, because, cliché or not, we most definitely are what we eat ⎯ especially when it comes to our skin!

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Over the weekend I ran across a site that gives a lot of good information on what foods are better for your skin. With the permission of the site owner I am sharing it with you all now.

http://evoke.ie/style

Check it out and let me know what you think. I personally thought it was pretty good!

Enjoy Life & Take Care Of Your Skin!

XoXo

 

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