If you’re like me, you don’t think twice about what you eat and how it will affect your skin. I’ve always been lucky to notice no chances when eating pizza, fried foods, etc., and I notice that some people will break out from eating too much chocolate or other junk foods.
Whether or not you have issues with your skin should make no difference in choosing the right foods.
We should always be conscious of what we put in our body’s and now is a great time to start!
I’ve been a little slack on watching what I eat since I got back from vacation and I’m feeling that it’s time for a change. One of my clients yesterday told me that she has lost 17 pounds & one dress size since her last appointment (less than 2 months ago) with me. She told me that her skin looks better, and of course she feels better!
We also talked about the tool she is using to keep track of calories which has helped her to naturally make better choices. I got a new sense of motivation talking to her because I realized that I could have done that for myself in the same amount of time. What am I waiting for? What are you waiting for?
It’s pretty obvious that eating better for your skin is also better for your entire body so I’m going to talk a little bit about overall health as well. When you pick up one good habit it follows with another, and then another.
Before you know it you’re feeling great, you look great, and you have tons of energy!
So, if you’re ready to get serious about your health & body… …here are a few tips:
I know this is one of those things that everyone is aware of and you hear it everywhere you go.
That’s why it’s #1 on my priority list!
You have to start out with proper hydration or you’ll be doing a lot of work for nothing. Just by starting out with the recommended 1.9 liters a day you will be on your way to better health by hydrating alone!
Your skin will look better and you’re going to feel a lot better.
I read “The Skinny Bitch” book a few years ago and one tip stood out and worked for me. Forget the vegan stuff that’s insane, and I love real cheese!
They recommend drinking a glass of water when you wake up and before you eat or drink anything else. I’ve done this regularly and noticed a change in my appetite as well as my choices throughout the day.
I don’t know if this is true, but I felt that I craved water more during the day when I started my day with water. It’s definitely worth a try!
I also believe in drinking water at meals as well as one glass of water one half an hour before your meal. I can almost guarantee that you will not be as hungry and you will feel much better when you leave the dinner table!
2) Citrus Fruit
Citrus Fruit is packed with vitamin C and will make your skin more smooth & taut than you may realize!
Eating more vitamin C will help prevent wrinkles, aging, and it aids in collagen production… which is crucial in your body’s skin regeneration.
You’ve probably heard of collagen injections or creams. Procedures and products like those may work, but why spend hundreds of dollars when you can do it with foods that help your body & skin?
Here are a few foods to keep you on track:
- Hot Peppers
- Bell Peppers
I know you may be thinking… “wait a minute…all of those foods are not a citrus fruit”!
They all have one thing in common, and that is high amounts of vitamin C. You may not get as much benefit from a pepper, but it’s a great way to change it up!
3) Red & Green Vegetables
Vegetables like spinach, carrots, sweet potatoes, peppers, etc. are high in vitamin A & natural anti-oxidants that brighten & smooth the skin. Vegetables that are more red-orange are a little more powerful when it comes to skin health.
Vitamin A is regularly used in several acne medications, so why not get some naturally?
It can help you from the inside-out and that’s more effective than any product. If you eat pizza and cheeseburgers all the time and use acne medication you are only dulling the effect of the medication.
You’re packing more bad stuff in when you should be helping your skin with foods as well.
I’ve always been told to keep your plate colorful. Sometimes this is hard when you’re on-the-go, and unfortunately I experience this firsthand with my job!
We are servicing client after client… sometimes a cucumber snack isn’t enough to keep me going. We often grab food at Tropical Smoothie or Moe’s, and it’s a horrible habit to break!
Packing vegetables for work is a great way to make better choices and improve your skin. If I have food packed I cannot justify buying something that’s not as healthy as what I brought with me.
Believe it or not, seafood will promote smoother, clearer, & more glowing skin!
This is because it is high in omega-3 fatty acids & zinc.
By now, everyone has heard about what omega-3 and fish oils can do for your health…especially your skin.
Eating seafood aids in circulation and reduces inflammation, both of which cause aging!
One of the biggest benefits to eating seafood is the power of zinc.
Zinc can control your body’s production of the oils that cause acne, and it aids in the production of new skin cells. I never imagined that oysters could do so much for my body!
Here are a few foods that are high in zinc & omega-3 fatty acids:
- Flaxseed Oil
*Many of you are probably allergic to some seafood! Please, do not try it if you have known allergies…trust me…there is an alternative method to clear skin!
I get a little tired of hearing about nuts, but it’s inevitable that they are good for you and we all need them!
Nuts contain vitamin E and can promote younger & softer looking skin.
As you may know, they are also a great snack to keep your energy up!
Nuts are high in antioxidants that help your skin to hold in moisture and protect it from free radicals that harm your skin.
So do yourself & your skin a favor-start eating nuts!
Here are a few healthy…nutty suggestions :
- Pistachios (my favorite!)
*There are other options that are not listed above and may have great health benefits. Obviously, I cannot name them all! Macadamias should be on the list, but most people steer towards the chocolate covered version!
6) Whole Grains
As time goes on I get more used to choosing whole grains over white breads.
It’s tough to make a change from something you’ve been eating your whole life, believe me I’m going through it too!
The bottom line is that switching to whole grains is one of the best habits to change.
No matter which way you look at it they are just better for you, and unless you have a really high metabolism they will be better for your waist!
Whole grains will give you clear & moisturized skin as well as several other benefits. They are high in B-vitamins and rutin… which helps counteract inflammation and repairs damaged skin!
When I think of antioxidants… bagels are not the first thing to come to mind, so this is a great tip to remember! You don’t have to drown yourself in acai juice to get plenty of antioxidants!
Here are a few things to try:
- Whole Wheat Bread
- Whole Grain Buckwheat
Hopefully these suggestions will help you get on the right track to better skin and health! I’m trying to make better decisions and there’s nothing like awareness to get you started!
I’m also using the My Fitness Pal App on my iPhone to help track calories and be more aware of portions.
About Erika Brown
I'm a Master Colorist in Williamsburg, VA. My career is my passion and I hope to share some advice and tips on keeping your hair and skin looking amazing!
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