As summer is fast approaching start fresh and make a change! What will you do this season to obtain a fresh glow? When we look better we feel better! Good skin starts from the inside out. I know we have all heard it a million times but it’s true, when you eat right and get plenty of rest you look better too! Our skin absorbs about 3% of what we put into our bodies and when we don’t get enough rest it shows in our face and skin.
The best defense against the free radical damage of oxidation is a diet rich in antioxidant vitamins and minerals. Research suggests that certain antioxidants — vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, and vitamin A (in the form of beta carotene) — nourish and protect skin to extend its youthful appearance. Topical forms of these antioxidants such as a cream or serum — have been shown to help protect the skin against radiation from the sun and even reverse some of the damage that may already have occurred. They may even help prevent skin tumors.
Vitamin C, naturally found in the skin, is involved in collagen production and protects cells from free radical damage. Scientific studies found that when vitamin C– is ingested, their skin was better able to fight off oxidative damage. Some food with Vitamin C are tomatoes, sugar snap peas, grapefruit juice, strawberries, pineapple, lemon, broccoli, kale, Brussels and sprouts. Vitamin E helps protect cell membranes and guard against UV radiation damage. Some research suggests that vitamin E may work in combination with vitamin C to provide an extra boost of anti-aging skin protection. Some foods containing Vitamin E are almonds, sunflower seeds , wheat germ, hazelnuts, spinach, Swiss chard, pine nuts, peanuts, broccoli, flaxseed oil, red bell peppers, collard greens, avocados, olive oil, mangoes.
Healthy fats known as omega-3 fatty acids help maintain cell membranes so that they are effective barriers — allowing water and nutrients in, and keeping toxins out. Omega-3s have also been shown to protect skin against sun damage. And Last but not least of course drinking lots of water and staying away from cigarettes and alcohol also play a big part in keeping your skin looking youthful and vibrant.