Saturday, March 5, 2011
Eat Your Way to Beautiful Skin
Many people find that the appearance of aging skin — wrinkles, thickening, discoloration, and decreased elasticity — is one of their biggest beauty concerns. While genetics largely determines when your skin starts to show these signs of aging, and the extent to which it shows them, environmental damage to your skin, as well as damage you cause yourself through lifestyle choices, can greatly accelerate this process.
Even though greasy, salty and fatty foods haven't been directly held responsible for causing acne, skin problems like acne can be corrected by modifying your diet.
The best defense against the free radical damage of oxidation is a diet rich in antioxidant vitamins and minerals (and plenty of water!). Research suggests that certain antioxidants—vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, and vitamin A (in the form of beta carotene rich foods)—nourish and protect skin to extend its youthful appearance.
You should drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep your skin clear and bright. Aim for about six glasses a day to keep your levels topped up and avoid any sugary drinks, it's not that healthy.
Another antioxidant critical for skin health is beta carotene, which is converted to vitamin A in the body. Beta carotene/vitamin A is involved in the growth and repair of body tissues, and may protect against sun damage. In extremely high doses, straight vitamin A from supplements can be toxic, so always avoid. However, ample beta carotene from foods like sweet potato, pumpkin, carrots, mangoes and apricots is entirely safe and great for your skin.
One tip for a healthy looking body is you can treat your skin with facial massages and facials. This will help the blood flow in your face and this will make it that you don't get clots in your face and your face won't feel cramped up. When you do this it also helps to relieve stress and you will feel more relaxed.
Another tip is that you can stop frowning so much and smile most of the time. when frowning you are using hundreds of muscles and this will stress out the face and interfere with the skin as well.