The most important factor of how our skin, hair and nails look on the outside is how we’re treating our bodies on the inside. This is affected by how nourishing our foods are, how we manage stress, how we move our bodies, and other lifestyle factors- these combined with natural skin care play a huge role in my beauty regimen. Nourishing your body from the inside out is the foundation, what we put on is the icing on the cake. You can slather on all the lotions and creams money can buy, but if your body is deficient of some key vitamins, your skin is going to show it. Dry skin that looks dull and lifeless and easily wrinkles is a common problem. Incorporating certain foods into your diet can help you skin stay glow from the inside out! The Ultimate Skin Menu:Drink Up! It’s obvious that keeping your body hydrated is crucial to your skin looking great. Water is key to getting rid of waste and toxins, which are the main cause of dull skin. Drinking up, though, doesn’t have to be boring. Add frozen berries to your glass for a fruity-twist or cucumber slices for a spa-like treat. Plus, fruits, vegetables and tea are water-dense, so snack and drink up! Opt for the Omega-3. Many women see the word ‘fat’ and run a mile- but not so fast: essential fatty acids and omega 3s are actually key for healthy cell membranes. Foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids limit water loss in skin cells, keeping you looking and feeling refreshed. They’ll also help soften the appearance of wrinkles and boost your skin’s ability to regenerate. The best part? Omega-3 foods are everywhere! So this tip is easy to incorporate into your daily life just by adding salmon, tuna, olive oil, flax, walnuts, almonds and avocado! Use The Whole Veggie. Silica, an element key for healthy bones and teeth, has also been found to help hydrate your skin and maintain elasticity. And while it’s easily found in fruits and vegetables, often this nutrient gets thrown away because it’s part of the peels of some of the best foods for you. Next time, be sure to keep the bright green skin on your cucumber and the string on your celery for a double dose of nutrition. Make Vitamins Your BFF. In order for your skin to look great, it has to be healthy. Vitamin B helps to restore collagen (a protein that keeps it firm) in the skin, which is especially important as you age. So load up on Vitamin B-full foods like whole grains and protein to keep your skin looking fantastic! Vitamin C also helps with the formation of collagen, and therefore can reduce wrinkles and increase hydration, so citri-cize your diet with oranges, strawberries, grapefruits and broccoli. Limit Junk Food. Foods with refined sugars dehydrate your skin, making it dry and less clear. While we don’t advocate cutting them out completely (we all have cravings!), try to naturally reduce how much junk food is in your diet and replace it with more nutritional items. Remember, many of the best foods for healthy skin also promote good health overall. Rather than focusing on specific foods for healthy skin, concentrate on a healthy diet in general. xo Kimberley
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