Healthy skin care starts from the inside
We are what we eat and healthy foods are especially beneficial for healthy skin care. Garlic is a good example, it contains sulphur compounds (which give it its rather strong odour) that are beneficial to your skin.
Garlic also acts as a natural antibiotic and cleanses the whole system. If you like garlic, eat it as much as you can. If the smell on your breath worries you, chew a piece of parsley afterwards and this will neutralize it. Odorless garlic tablets are available if the problem lingers.
Vitamins for healthy skin care
Vitamin C is probably the most important of the healthy skin care vitamins. Why? Because the our bodies can neither make it nor store it. This vitamin helps collagen formation which keeps the skin looking young and plump.
Vitamin C is best consumed together with bioflavonoids, the way it is normally found in nature. The two have a synergistic effect. They can be found in Citrus fruit, berries such as strawberries and blueberries and vegetables such as broccoli.
Broccoli also contains vitamin A, an important vitamin for healthy skin as it helps it fight infection from the inside out. Great for those with acne! Have some every other day if you can.
A healthy skin care diet
Carrots are a great source of carotenoids such as “beta-carotene” which your body converts to vitamin A . Beta-carotene is absorbed into the skin and can also protect it from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Carrots also contain “alpha carotene” which protects against free radical damage. Carrots are a great way to get your vitamin A as excess carotenoids are expelled by the body. Too much vitamin A is toxic to the body.
Dark leafy green vegetables are great for healthy skin, particularly kale and spinach, as they are a good source of zinc and iron. Iron will make sure your skin gets enough oxygen and zinc is a great pimple fighter! Eat some every day if you possible can or include some in a fresh juice.
Parsley deserves a separate mention as it is rich in just about all the skin boosting nutrients. It contains beta carotene, chlorophyll, vitamin B12, folic acid (great for firm skin), vitamin C and iron. Parsley can be added to juices, casseroles, sprinkled over any savoury dish or simply chewed by itself. Its great for fresh breath too. Parsley is easy to grow, pop some in a pot and keep it near the kitchen door.
Olive oil is fabulous for dry skin and wrinkles. Use it for cooking – it contains monounsaturated fats and anti oxidants- or slather it on your body after a bath while your skin is still damp, a cheap moisturizer. Add some essential oils to scent it.
Flaxseeds and flax oil (also known as linseed) contain the essential omega 3 oils not found in many foods. (Fish also contains omega 3). Flaxseeds contain fibre and phytoestrogens which balance the body’s hormones and are vital for younger looking healthy skin care. Sprinkle some on your cereal or use in soups and stews.
Avocados give skin (especially dry skin) a boost. Although fairly high in fat, its the healthy monounsaturated kind which makes dry skin supple. Avocados contain glutathione which is one of the most powerful antioxidants around and will prevent cell damage in all skin types. They are also high in potassium.
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Healthy skin care products
Now you know what to eat for healthy skin, it would be a pity to spoil it by slapping chemical laden products on your face! Choose natural healthy skin care products that are completely free of chemicals, like parabens, and will enhance your skin naturally.