The question that I’m asked constantly is “what do you use on your skin?  or the comment “you have such beautiful skin”. My answer is  always the same living a healthy lifestyle. There are so many documents/articles on healthy living/lifestyle, but I say if you want to maintain beautiful youthful skin you must really look after the body and this means looking at what you eat in particular.

There is “NO” fountain of youth, but the food we eat and how we treat our body can prevent or even reverse aging. Your body needs the right nutrients to fight off damage, and your skin is no different. Nutrients help the cells replicate and have more energy. Processed foods, stress, toxins and low-nutrient diets will accelerate aging. Protecting yourself from harmful chemicals while getting enough sleep, relaxation and exercise will all help you maintain a healthy glow.

Drink plenty of water.

Even with a small amount of dehydration, your body functions in a less optimal way. The moment you’re dehydrated, this will take a toll on your skin, causing it to look dull, flaky, saggy  and even loose. Eat foods with antioxidants. Antioxidants are the best resources your body has to fight disease and aging by reducing damage and inflammation. Inflammation is a leading cause of wrinkle formation. Some of the best sources of antioxidants include:

  • Blueberries
  • Pomegranates
  • Acai berries
  • Goji berries
  • Spinach
  • Raspberries
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Purple grapes
  • Dark chocolate (70% or higher of cocoa content)
  • Organic green tea

Free radicals form in our bodies and cause major damage to our cell structures. The different nutrient-rich foods we eat neutralise them. You need to consume the widest variety of antioxidants you can to fight off the different kinds of free radicals. When eating think about  the colours of the rainbow that your daily intake of food should include all these colours, then think what colors you’ve missed throughout the day, and try to incorporate them into your next meal. Try to eat Organic food this helps to cut consumption of aging toxins. Eat healthy fats. Incorporating foods such as avocados, olive oil, flax seeds, nuts and fish into your diet is important. The fatty acids are crucial for your skin to look youthful. Limit the amount of time you spend in the sun small amounts of daily sun produce Vitamin D and are beneficial, but too much sun will damage your skin. use zinc or titanium dioxide sunscreen, there is a myth that darker skin do not need sunscreen this is not the case the sun will damage any skin. Always try to opt for natural skin care products. Many skincare products contain harsh chemicals. When choosing moisturizers or makeup, research the ingredients in them the best you can to confirm that they’re safe. Detox your body. A build up of toxins in the body due to the air, water and food causes damage to the body as well as aging. Detoxing by way of a juice cleanse is recommended for the body to be able to focus on energy production and eliminating toxins. Eating a grapefruit or having a glass of water with squeezed lemon first thing in the mornings is also a way of detoxing. Getting enough sleep! Your skin rejuvenates and repairs itself mostly while you are asleep. Make sure that you not only sleep for eight hours a night but that it is quality sleep. Excersice is very important in maintaining healthy body it increase the circulation of oxygen and nutrients and releases toxins through sweat, which leads to clearer, firmer skin. Remember to smile/laugh it’s the best exercise for your face. Try doing at least twenty mininte of excresice a day. Stress is a common fator to all sort of health problems try to live as stress free as you possible can. Stress will compromise your skin. Eliminate problematic people and activities from your life. Confide in your families or friends and openly talk to them about your worries and troubles, ” a problem shared is a problem half”

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