Beautiful Skin from within.

If you are like any women our age (mid to late 30’s), you are suffering from the effects of our youth. Days and days out in the blistering sun, laying out, tanning and getting that ‘sun-kissed’ look. Only, sometimes, the sun kissed us a bit to long and hard.

Who the heck knew what sun block was back then? My best friend was Hawaiian Tropic, you know. The stuff in the classic brown bottle. It smelled of coconutty goodness. I would slather that stuff on all day long. I should have bought stock in that company. I think I alone kept them afloat from 1988 – 1999.

Now that I am more mature (in age and in beauty…bwaaahahaha) I am taking pre…er, post-cautions on how my skin looks. I have done my research and I am here to share my findings.

According to Karen Ansel, M.S., R.D., “Skin is in a constant state of renewal with new cells regularly nudging their way to the surface. But as we age, old cells aren’t replaced as quickly as they once were. Couple this with exposure to sun and the elements, and you’ve got a recipe for dull, lifeless skin. To speed up cell regeneration and fight the damaging effects of the environment, you’ve got to feed your skin the right foods.”

Skin care is skin deep. And it not only ends with a beautiful outside, it begins on the inside. Feed your beauty (bet you never thought THAT was going to be in the same sentence.). Here are some great ideas for week 3 to treat yourself to.

Week Three – Skin Care, Inside Out.

Avocados – the avocado is a prime source of the antioxidant glutathione. This is responsible for preventing the development of skin cancer, as well as staving off premature aging. Avocados are packed full of vitamin E, and are a great defense against ultraviolet light. Time to break out the chips a guacamole!!

Sweet Potatoes – Not only are they packed with vitamins C and E, they are one of nature’s greatest sources of beta-carotene. Once digested, beta-carotene converts to vitamin A, a nutrient that promotes healthy skin. Vitamin A is critical to maintaining skin integrity in addition to warding off wrinkles. Without it, skin becomes rough, dry and scaly.

Tomatoes– Loaded with lycopene, they can protect you against sunburn. Cooked tomatoes, like in sauce, are a powerful agent. No wonder those Italians look so good.

Berries – Blueberries and strawberries are high in Vitamin C acts like an antioxidant in the body to grab onto free radicals. Smoothies, anyone!

Fiber – Keeping your pipes clean helps rid your body of toxins that can accumulate and show up on your skin. Bad mojo out, glowing from within.

Herbs and supplements are a great source for inner beauty.

Aloe Vera – Anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial. Aloe Vera can be applied topically and taken internally. Does wonders for your digestive system.

Burdock Root – This resembles a long brown carrot. Peel it and use for juicing, stir-fry and even cake! Burdock Root enhances the function of your liver.

Gotu Kola – One ounce of dried herb brewed into your green tea daily helps relieve inflammation of the skin and soothes redness. It’s also helps prevent and reduce the appearance of scaring from acne.

Saw Palmetto – This one is especially for the men! Inhibits the production of the male hormone Dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Which stimulates the production of oil in the skin. Take it with zinc, guys!

Topical treatments take time to correct the inner workings of our body, so look for healthy and natural topical treatments, like the ones I listed here to soothe and cleanse your skin.

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