Most of us know about how certain vitamins and supplements can benefit our skin, such as Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin D, and Biotin, but what may not be as commonly known is how the foods that we eat along with the lotions and other topical treatments may affect us.
Having a balanced, high-alkaline diet that includes the following is a great start:
Lots of leafy greens such kale, spinach, chard, and collard greens contain vitamins A, B, and C to help restore your skin, nails, and hair.
Beans—especially kidney beans and lentils are easy to digest, high in protein and are low glycemic.
Salmon contains Omega-3 fatty acids that will help make your hair shinier and keep your skin hydrated, and vitamin B-12 helps to make nails strong.
Fruits such as berries, cherries and oranges offer vitamin C, improve blood circulation, and strengthens collagen in your skin to help keep it vibrant and wrinkle-free.
Whole grains such as brown rice and quinoa are fiber and protein-rich, and offer the benefits of important vitamins and minerals such as manganese, magnesium along with antioxidants that protect the body and its cells from damaging free radicals.
A few superfoods
Chia Seeds – contains omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and calcium
70 % Dark Chocolate – contains antioxidants that reduce inflammation
Sweet potatoes – high in antioxidants and vitamins A and C
Spirulina powder - can be taken orally or it can be applied topically as a mask. It offers numerous benefits such anti-aging, detoxification, protects against free radicals, and can remove dark eye shadows and dryness.
Turmeric powder – can be taken orally (it’s used in many Indian and Thai curry dishes), or can be applied as a mask that you mix with honey and organic yogurt or egg whites. Skin benefits are greater when applied topically, though you may want to test it first to be sure that the color works well your skin tone! For best skin results, use Kasturi turmeric (curcuma aromatica) for your mask. It offers the same benefits to your skin but will not stain. Please note, however, it should only be used topically. Don’t eat this one! Turmeric reduces acne, is a great antioxidant, fights free radicals (molecules that ravage and age our skin), and helps to normalize uneven skin tone among other benefits.
A brief note on these wonderful foods I mentioned—try as best as you can to stick with organic fruits, nuts and veggies, and if possible, choose wild salmon over farm-raised.
All that said, diet is only part of the picture when it comes to giving your body what it needs for healthy skin, hair and nails, as not all vitamins and nutrients from what you ingest will go toward the benefit of these areas.
So what are the benefits of topical skin treatments, you ask? Many!
Retinoids, a.k.a. vitamin A derivatives help to prevent and reduce wrinkles and fade brown spots. They should be applied at night since sunlight generally cancels the effects and benefits of vitamin A.
Vitamin C cream is a great all-around anti-ager that fights free radicals and helps keep your skin firm and reduces spots. Use it in conjunction with Vitamin A creams for best results.
Body wraps and facials
Dead sea mud contains seventeen trace minerals including a healthy dose of magnesium. Dead sea body wraps draw toxins from your body and at the same time, your skin absorbs the benefits from these minerals—especially the magnesium. Dead Sea mud will help to improve your skin’s elasticity, and will decrease wrinkles and reduce pores. Wraps and facials can help you feel great, too, since naturally, you’ll feel better, having removed so many toxins from your skin!
Get plenty of sleep, exercise, and drink your water.
There are many benefits to getting proper rest and a good amount of exercise, along with drinking lots of water. Sleep will help your mood, your metabolism, and yes—even your skin! All organs, including your skin need rest to give your body the chance to rebuild, and exercise improves blood flow and increases the flow of oxygen your body needs. Water obviously hydrates and replenishes us. Your body and your skin will thank you for giving it what it needs!
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