5 Foods for Gorgeous Skin

Today Sabrina, who blogs at BESskincare.com, is guest posting. Enjoy!
Oh food. The sustenance of body, the middle-ground for socializing, the tastiest darn past-time.

Food is important for so many reasons. Obviously it fuels our energy and is as essential as oxygen and water, but its effects reach further than that. Eating certain types of food can influence your hair, your skin and your general being.

As a little girl I was always concerned with my appearance. If one single hair was out-of-place, I would make my babysitter or mother re-do it for me. Not much has changed since then. While my parents laugh at me and joke about my vanity, I can’t disagree with them. Yes, I’m a little vain, but what’s wrong with that? I take pride in taking care of my body and part of that means watching what I eat.

You’re probably assuming I mean my weight, when I say “watch what I eat.” I’m more concerned about my skin though. I am only 26 years young, but I am fully aware that the foods I put in my body will help determine how my skin looks now and in the future. When I’m 40, I wanna look this age, and I don’t see why that’s not possible!

For glowing, ageless skin here are my top 5 favourite foods:

Salmon

This tasty underwater treat is full of skin benefits. First of all, it is full of the essential fatty acid Omega-3. Omega-3’s are responsible for maintaining your skin’s metabolism, controlling the secretion of oils and sustaining natural levels of collagen.

This fish is also a good source of lean protein. Since your skin is made of mostly protein, it’s not surprising that a daily dose of protein protects your skin from damage.5 foods for gorgeous skin leafy greens

Leafy Greens

I’ve been a lover of veggies since I was a little girl, but didn’t get into leafy greens like kale, collards, and bok choy until I was a teenager. These vegetables are rich with vitamins that help promote clear, youthful skin.

Vitamin A and C both help clear acne, regenerate skin cells, and promote cellular turnover for brighter skin. They also flush your body of toxins and free radicals that can damage your skin and, ultimately, it’s appearance.

Walnuts

These aren’t one of my favourite tasting nuts, but they sure are great wrinkle-reducers. Rich in linoleic acid, they  keep your skin nicely moisturized so the likelihood of wrinkles and fine lines significantly diminishes.

Sunflower Seeds5 foods for gorgeous skin sunflower seeds

The official seed of baseball and a fan-favourite of birds, sunflower seeds are tasty and great for your skin. These seeds are high in vitamin E and a great source of the Omega-6 fatty acid. Adding this to your diet will help maintain the integrity of your cell membranes and repair previous skin damage. Combine them with vitamin C-rich foods and further prevent potential sun-damage to your skin.

Lemons

You know the saying “When life hands you lemons.” This fruit is ripe with vitamin C, a vitamin with a million glowing skin benefits.

Vitamin C has the ability to increase natural collagen production and maintain your skin’s elasticity. As we age, we lose levels of this nutrient so it’s important to supplement.

Adding a few slices of lemon to your glass of water can also help flush your body of all the toxins that are preventing proper functioning. A full flushing will give your detoxifying organs a much-needed break so they can go back to focusing on more important things. The benefits of this are plenty- acne-free, even-toned, lighter skin.

Wrinkle-reducing, damage preventing, moisture-providing foods for your skin. Who knew that talking about gorgeous skin could make you so hungry?

 

guest blogger sabrina taylorAuthor Bio: Sabrina is a sassy writer for BESskincare.com. Alongside her BFF V, she delves into the world of all things skin care and beauty. From brutally honest product reviews to dirty DIYs like anti-aging face masks, she covers it all. Stay connected with her on Facebook and Twitter.

How To Save Your Skin From Stress

tips to stop your stress from showing on your faceNo matter how perfect your skin care routine is, we all hit points in life when we look less than radiant. Often it’s stress that zaps your glow. And the last thing you need when you’re feeling run down and tired from stress is looking like you’re run down and tired.

Stressed skin usually looks dull, and a dull complexion needs three things: exfoliation, hydration, and nourishment. [Tweet this!] Stress causes your body to deplete its vitamin stores, and your skin loses its nutrients first. It’s also more likely to break out as cortisol changes oil production. Here are some of my cheats to revitalize skin that needs extra help.

  • Mask, mask, mask. Facial masks can do just about anything you need for your skin. Fresh Rose Face Mask When my skin is looking dull and tired, I let a mask soak into my skin, even if I just squeeze in a few minutes in the shower. Whether I’m getting an extra shot of vitamins, a bit of exfoliation, or even a dose of hydration, my skin loves the help. Some to try? I love the Fresh Rose Face Mask for hydrating and revitalizing. Another favorite is the Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel for extra exfoliation.

 

  • Brighten with a multi-vitamin serum or moisturizer. If you’re not alreadyiS Clinical Poly Vitamin Serum using a serum that lists vitamin C or niacinamide among its ingredients, get one now. Since your dull complexion is telling you that you’re lacking nutrients, make sure to add as many as you can. Some of my go-to skin care products are the iS Clinical Poly Vitamin Serum, which covers all of your needs with a blend of glycolic acid, niacinamide, and hyaluronic acid, or the Astara Antioxidant Light Moisturizer, which infuses tons of botanicals and nutrients into one lightweight product.

 

  • Grab a green juice. Finding time to eat healthy can be a challenge, and stress just makes me want to eat brownies. Maybe I’m the only one? Sometimes it’s easier to drink my veggies on the go. Greens have tons of phytonutrients and vitamins, and giving your body this boost will also help your skin get the nourishment it needs.

How do you save your skin when stress takes its toll?

Winterize Your Skin

Tips to protect your skin against the winter weather.We are two major snowstorms into winter and suffering from massively cold weather on the East Coast, and my skin has been feeling the hurt. The freezing, icy wind is blistering my cheeks and my apartment provides no relief, with dry heat that is stripping moisture out of my skin, making my complexion dull and my eczema flair. If you’re in a similar position with your skin, here are my tips to cope.

  • Don’t be afraid to moisturize. Look for creamier, more emollient moisturizers. Some key ingredients to look for are glycerin, shea butter, and natural oils like jojoba or sunflower oil. Moisturizers that leave a little barrier on the surface skin (often called occlusive moisturizers by pros) are best for being out in the elements because it will protect from wind and cold. Avoid ingredients like mineral oil, petrolatum, and paraffin.
  • Use a Vitamin C serum to repair and rebuild weather-damaged skin. Vitamin C is anti-inflammatory, which will help to calm redness and irritation caused by aggressive weather. Look for ingredients like L-ascorbic acid or Vitamin C Ester. Use it in the morning for extra antioxidant protection.
  • Keep exfoliating, but make it gentle. Dry, dead skin cells can accumulate on the surface of the skin, leading to uneven texture and making it more difficult for your moisturizer to penetrate. Stick with exfoliating masks using lactic acid or fruit enzymes, which both exfoliate and hydrate at the same time. Your best-case scenario product also has plenty of antioxidants as well.
  • Try a mask for an extra punch. Moisturizing masks can provide a boost in moisture levels and extra skin soothing ingredients to calm irritated, parched skin. Try one right after your shower to seal the extra hydration into your skin.
  • Remember your sunscreen. Yes, you still need it. As long as there is light, you need to wear sun protection. Try a sunscreen with zinc oxide for the added benefits of skin soothing and redness reducing.
  • Eat more guacamole.  [Tweet this!] Avocados are high in monounsaturated fats and can help to moisturize your skin from the inside. Plus, it’s tasty.

Hopefully, a few tips to tweak your routine will help you survive the remaining winter days. We can all count down to spring together.

 

Speak your mind! How do you cope when the cold weather wreaks havoc on your skin? Leave a comment below or join the conversation on Facebook and tell me what you think!

Water, Water Everywhere

I often hear clients sheepishly tell me that they are dry because they haven’t been drinking their water.  Fortunately, from your skin’s perspective, that old 64-ounce-a-day rule doesn’t really apply.

The first and most important reason is a matter of definition. Hydration refers to the water content of the skin, while moisture indicates oil content. Dry skin is lacking oil, and since, just like in salad dressing, oil and water don’t mix, you can’t moisturize your skin by applying or drinking water. [Tweet this!]

Another problem with trying to hydrate your skin internally is simply the fact that it’s virtually impossible to take in enough water to significantly increase water content of the skin. In fact, it’s virtually impossible to take in enough of any single nutrient to see a specific benefit on the skin. Your body works on an emergent basis, meaning that it prioritizes your vital organs over your skin. Although you want your skin to look great, your body doesn’t so much care as long as the skin isn’t broken. So it sends all that hydration (or other nutrients) to your stomach, your heart, your lungs, or your brain.  But don’t misunderstand this statement… your skin is absolutely affected by your diet. It’s just affected in more general ways, such as in the glow or the clarity of the skin. Drinking water can help a lot in these areas, especially if you’re drinking water instead of a high calorie sugary beverage!

Finally, the most glaring inaccuracy of this myth is that we don’t actually need to drink 64 ounces of water in order to be adequately hydrated.  Any nutritionist will tell you that we get most of the water we need from fruits and veggies, so those of us that eat lots of those probably don’t need to drink a lot of water on top of that.  Even coffee doesn’t dehydrate the way most people think it does. For more, I’ll refer you to my go-to nutrition source, the Nutrition Diva, who discusses this in more scientific detail.

So, now how to hydrate your skin, if not by drinking water? A few tips:

  • Serums that have a watery texture and use ingredients like sodium hyaluronate, hyaluronic acid, glycerin or aloe can be great for leaving a little water in the skin. Make sure to layer this under a skin-type appropriate moisturizer in order to seal that hydration into the skin.
  • Spritz an alcohol-free toner on before you moisturize. This is the only purpose to a toner, in my opinion. It leaves the skin damp, and the moisturizer can again lock it in. Rosewater, inexpensive and easy to find at most health food stores, is perfect for this.
  • If you’re oilier, use an light-weight moisturizer that has some of the above listed ingredients in it. Avoid mineral oil.

Remember that you can be oily and dehydrated, as well as dry and dehydrated. Hydration is a skin condition, not a skin type.  Most people benefit from more hydration.  Hydrated skin is fuller, plumper, and softer.  So spritz on that toner and stop beating yourself up for not getting a full two liters of water every day.

 

 

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