The skin is the largest organ in the body and, like the muscles, brain, and gut, it must be nourished and exercised for the skin to be in a safe condition. The body is a whole being and it all affects one another. The skin will externalize internally occurring emotions and health conditions.
The fact that most people want clean and radiant skin is no mystery but the reality is that men and women with beautiful skin are not just fortunate, they struggle for it.
If you’re ready to boost your skin, let’s begin. In this article, I concentrate on foods, nutrients, and resources that will help people have the best skin.
1. Sugar no more
So how bad is sugar for your skin? Well, sugar is in the simple carbohydrates category. Simple carbs are digested very quickly when ingested, causing the insulin levels to spike, which eventually results in inflammation throughout the body. In short, your insulin levels increase, which then contributes to inflammation, as sugar is a simple carb that your body digests quickly. Usually, inflammation is bad because it creates collagen-breaking enzymes and elastin, which helps maintain our skin young. These enzymes can accelerate the formation of fine lines and wrinkles over time.
The sugars bind permanently to the collagen in the skin when digested. The process is called glycation and can cause conditions in the skin such as acne and rosacea. The more sugar you eat, the more likely you are to develop insulin resistance, which leads to overall health issues.
2. Hydrate and moisturize
Hydration of skin cells begins from the inside out; drinking plenty of clean fluids such as filtered water, herbal tea, and fresh vegetable juice can go a long way towards good and radiant skin.
By using a pure, plant-based, and non-toxic moisturizer, you can then lock in the moisture from the outside. A very cheap and effective moisturizer that is appropriate for most types of skin is pure jojoba oil. Try almond oil, sesame oil, or coconut oil for your skin below the collar.
Everyone can help keep the skin smooth and supple without harsh chemicals or additives.
3. Know your skin type
Your skin type is determined primarily by biology, as opposed to the condition of your skin. You were, in other words, born with it. Knowing the form of skin means knowing how it is most likely to respond and how best to nourish and protect it in various circumstances.
Under the burden and strain of so many products and daily exposure to a busy lifestyle, many people wrongly judge their skin type by its condition. After gently washing, the best way to find your true skin type is to let it rest for 12–24 hours and then observe it free of any ingredients. That’s when you can see whether it’s dry and flaky, sticky, mixed, regular (not too oily/not too dry), or sensitive in a natural way (patches of redness or irritation).
Although you can not alter the type of skin, you can provide what it needs to look and feel its best once you know its true type. Dry skin needs moisturizers to help avoid moisture loss. Oily skin requires gentle cleansers that, in the long run, will not increase oil production. And to do the job, sensitive skin requires relaxing, allergy-friendly products with minimal ingredients.
Keep this in mind when coping with a skin type that is less than ideal: a simple shift in attitude can be a game-changer, from thoughts of struggling with problem skin to ideas of nurturing the skin and having the best possible conditions in which it can flourish.
4. Spice it up this time
I enjoy using different spices in my kitchen and they go beyond adding flavor to my meal for me. It’s like a meal is not full without a final aromatic touch. I like them both fresh and dried. Parley, rosemary, thyme, mint, basil, cumin, turmeric, pepper, cinnamon, and chili are some of my suggestions.
Spices have medicinal properties that cure and naturally rejuvenate the skin. In the war against free radicals, these same spices pack a lot of antioxidants that can support you.
Experiment with the spices and flavorings until you find a blend that makes your mouth water.
5. Sleep more
Often we can wake up feeling more like a croaking frog than a sleeping beauty if we don’t get enough sleep (especially if it happens too often). Sleep is essential for the cleaning, rejuvenation, and repair of skin cells.
Give your skin the rest it needs and try to close your eyes for 7 to 8 hours each night. To keep your skin fresh and clean, note to always remove make-up in the evening.
6. Pile on vegetable and fruits
Fruits and vegetables from a balanced skin diet basis. They contain powerful antioxidants that help protect your skin from free radical damage such as smoking, stress, pollution, sun exposure, and an unhealthy diet.
In what’s known as ‘oxidative stress’, these bad boys can cause serious damage to living cells and tissues. To combat this tension, antioxidants are what your body uses. And what are some known antioxidant sources? Veggies and fruits. They not only fight the good fight against free radicals, but they also have little or no fat and no added sugars, so if you want to keep your waistline in check, they are the ideal meal. Choosing color variations such as carrots, peppers, pumpkin, kale, onions, spinach, papaya, and avocado is a reasonable rule of thumb.
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