Forget about high priced beauty products that promise to make your skin look younger. They are over processed, and full of chemical ingredients. Even if you do notice some results, in the long term, they are going to do more harm than good to your skin. Another thing to think about is that our skin is the largest organ on our body, and it absorbs everything that we put onto it, so do you really want to put something onto your body that you couldn’t eat?
There are many new companies popping up that have more natural products that can be a little better for your skin, but just because it says natural on the package doesn’t mean that every ingredient is natural. Labels can be misleading to say the least.
So what do we do about the signs of aging and the effects it has on our skin? Well first of all we need to begin looking at what goes into our bodies, and how these foods and drinks are affecting our skin. It is important to realize that what goes into our bodies will eventually be shown on the outside appearance. It is evident when you look at a 60 year old woman who took good care of herself through her life time; she ate healthy foods and drank lots of water, she exercised and limited her sun exposure. Now her skin looks even toned, and has less wrinkles and lines.
On the other hand, look at a woman the same age, but ate lots of red meat, processed foods, and refined sugars. She laid in the sun a lot and never worked out. Now she has more skin issues to deal with like wrinkles, age spots and lines. Too much sun can even make the skin more leather looking as we age. To counteract these problems, most women run out and buy creams and lotions that are designed to “fix” the problems, without even realizing that they could have prevented it by making changes in there over all diet.
Raw whole foods in their natural state have more healthy skin benefits than any food that could be made by humans or machinery. Mother Nature has given us everything we need to keep us looking young and healthy.
Below are 3 nutrients that will help keep you looking and feeling younger.
Antioxidants – Oxidation in the body creates free radicals. Free radicals are what cause the cells to become damaged or die, which creates aging in the body. Antioxidants stop the free radicals by inhibiting the oxidation, so that free radical damage cannot occur. Eating foods rich in antioxidants is going to help reduce the amount of oxidation that occurs in the body. Some foods to eat that have antioxidants are beans, fruit, vegetables, nuts and potatoes Foods with the most intense colors have the highest amount of antioxidants, like dark green vegetables, blackberries, cherries and beets.
Vitamin C – We all know that vitamin C in a facial cleanser means that the cleanser is meant to brighten your skin and even the tone. Vitamin C is more than just a skin clarifier (which it can lighten the skin if taken internally as well), it is also an immune booster, wrinkle reducer, and is good for preventing cardiovascular and eye disease. Foods that contain vitamin C include; citrus fruits, red and green peppers, broccoli, kiwi, tomatoes and cantaloupe. Most fruits and vegetables contain vitamin C.
Omega fatty acids – Omega fatty acids are essential for good health and longevity. There are omega 3 and omega 6 acids that both pay an important role in brain health and function, mood, skin health and help keep the blood sugar level low. Foods that contain omega 3 are cold water fish, walnuts, flaxseed, chia seeds, brussel sprouts, kale, parsley, spinach and watercress. Some foods that contain omega 6 are grains, cereals, cold pressed vegetable oils like almond, olive or avocado, and supplements. Omega fatty acids play a huge role in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. They also help to keep the skin elasticity and firmness, therefore keeping the skin from wrinkles and lines.
Minerals – Minerals play a very important role in beauty and youth. They are the building stones for healthy skin, bones, hair, organs and cells. Just some of the minerals include potassium, calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium, phosphorus, copper and sulfur. Foods that contain minerals include; fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, seaweeds, sprouts, soy beans, seafood and grains.
You want to make sure that you eat as much fruits and vegetables in their raw natural state, and that if you do choose to cook your food, you either steam or bake it. Frying causes the foods to change their chemistry and become a foreign object in our bodies that the white blood cells try to protect the body from. Fried foods are junk and age the body quickly, it’s best to stay away from them altogether.