Wouldn’t it be great if you could have clearer, smoother, and more radiant skin in just a couple of weeks? No, you don’t need to buy any expensive creams or supplements. In order to have beautiful and healthy skin, you need to make sure it’s well hydrated, nourished, protected, and not contaminated.
Skin is a direct reflection of your health. It’s the largest organ in the body, with a total area of about 20 square feet, and it’s often the most obvious indicator of our well-being since other organs are hidden inside and not visible without special equipment.
When you’re truly healthy, it shows on your face! That’s why we’re attracted to beautiful skin – it’s an sign of your healthiness. Therefore, if you want to have a smooth and glowing complexion, you need to start from within.
These simple tips are very effective and will give better results than any cosmetic product.
1. Hydrate Your Body but Not with Plain Water
The human skin contains 64% water. Whenever you get even slightly dehydrated, it instantly shows on your face – you have more wrinkles and the pores look more prominent. Once it happens, no cream or serum will help, because cosmetic products can only reach the surface layer of the skin and cannot penetrate deep enough to make a significant difference. That’s why you need to hydrate your skin from within.
Everyone from celebrities to health gurus to magazine articles seem to suggest you need to drink water in order to defy aging and be healthy. However, plain H2O is not enough to keep your cells hydrated and functioning well. You may be drinking 3 liters of plain water per day, but it all just passes through your body without necessarily getting to your skin. In order for the liquid to actually reach the cells, it needs to contain electrolytes and other nutrients.
That’s why in order to get hydrated, add freshly squeezed lime or lemon juice, cucumber, or fruit slices. If you want to make your skin ultra soft and supple, drink green vegetable juice.
2. Eat Beta-Carotene and Vitamin C Rich Foods
The foods that are the healthiest for your body and overall health, are also the most beneficial for your skin. Your cells need proper nutrients to function well and some of the most important ones for your skin are beta-carotene and vitamin C.
Beta-carotene, a precursor of vitamin A, is a powerful antioxidant, protecting your skin cells from free radicals. It also gives your skin a beautiful healthy glow. You can get your daily dose of beta-carotene by eating carrots, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, spinach, kale, dandelion greens, broccoli, cantaloupe, and apricots.
Vitamin C is another powerful antioxidant and it’s also essential for collagen synthesis. You can find it in all citrus fruits, broccoli, bell peppers, cabbage, kiwi fruit, mango, tomatoes, peas, and papayas.
3. Wear Sunscreen and Shades
Although most people love the light and the warmth that comes from the sun, too much exposure to the sun can actually really damage your skin. It does not only dehydrate the skin, but may also promote wrinkle formation and the loss of collagen.
In order to avoid it, wear sunscreen and shades on sunny days.
4. Eliminate Trans Fats, PUFA, Refined Sugar, and Processed Foods
There’s a reason why your skin feels off after a series of holiday parties. Certain foods create serious aging effects on the body and therefore, should be avoided.
Some of the most dangerous foods are trans fats (found in margarine, shortening, commercial baked goods, and most processed foods) and polyunsaturated fatty acids, aka PUFA, (found in most commercial oils like corn, canola, soybean, and vegetable oils). They oxidize in your body creating free radicals that damage and age your cells. Eating lots of foods containing these bad fats will block and enlarge your pores, make your skin dull, dry, and wrinkly. Replace them with coconut, avocado, or extra virgin olive oil.
When you eat refined sugar, your blood sugar regulation system gets out of whack and there’s too much glucose running in your bloodstream. This excess glucose combines with proteins, creating “advanced glycation end products” (appropriately referred to as “AGES”). Ultimately, AGES may damage your skin’s collagen – the protein that keeps skin firm and youthful.
Also avoid all processed food, alcohol, charred meat, caffeine, and foods with excess salt, as they dehydrate you or create too much toxic waste in your body.
Exercise is great for your skin for three main reasons: it makes you sweat, improves circulation, and balances your hormones.
Your pores open up when you sweat and it releases the build-up inside them, making your complexion clearer and more radiant. Exercising also helps balance blood sugar levels, insulin production, and other hormones, which affect the condition of your skin. Try to break a sweat at least three times a week, and you’ll see a significant positive effect.
These five tricks are all-natural and they do not require much effort, yet produce amazing results. If you implement all of them, be prepared to get lots of compliments and questions like “what’s your secret?”