Everyone wants a glowing complexion without the hassle of using expensive beauty products or tons of makeup. Having healthy, glowing skin naturally is a sign of good health and vitality. As a licensed esthetician and certified nutritionist, I am often asked how I have such amazing skin. I love sharing my secrets because beauty is so much more than skin deep. Check out my awesome nutrition tips to get your glow on!
TAKE YOUR VITAMINS
It goes without saying that taking your daily vitamins is a must for a well-rounded and healthy lifestyle. A multivitamin is always a good choice, however, women may find that a prenatal vitamin will include higher doses of the vitamins needed for beautiful skin. These are a few essentials I recommend.
Vitamin E is a long time favorite of mine because of its antioxidant benefits. Vitamin E assists vitamin A in reducing the effects of sun damage to the skin. Grab a handful of nuts to get a healthy shot of vitamin E throughout the day.
Biotin has become the go-to for all the hair, skin, and nail products in recent years—for a good reason. Biotin is part of the B-Complex family of vitamins. This group of vitamins works together to metabolize carbs and fats in the body. When you metabolize your food and process it efficiently, biotin will reach out to the skin surface and help keep it hydrated and supple. Biotin can be found in some nuts, cruciferous veggies, eggs, and some dairy products.
I used to take a fish oil supplement as a way to keep my cardiovascular system running smoothly. But there is another upside to fish oil—it’s high in its omegas! Omega 3, 6, and 9 are wonderful for keeping your body running smoothly on the inside, but they beautify the skin on the outside. Fatty fish can aid in keeping skin supple and hydrated and acts as a natural moisturizer. Plus fish like salmon and mackerel are also higher in vitamin E!
A good way to limit sugar is by knowing which sugar you need to limit. I often tell clients there are two types of sugars that they need to know about, simple and complex. Simple sugars are foods that contain processed sugar and are generally commercially prepared. Complex sugars are found in the form of carbohydrates. While avoiding carbs is good for your diet, that isn’t specifically the sugar I tell people to avoid. It’s the candy bars, chocolate, cake, cookies, and soda that are detrimental to the body and skin. These simple sugars rob the body of nutrients that can be found in much better resources.
YOUR BODY IS A GARDEN
When you want to grow beautiful flowers, you feed your soil with plenty of water and sunlight. Same goes for your skin. The key to a glowing complexion is hydration. My #1 rule for glowing skin is water. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Your body is mostly water and through perspiration and bathroom runs, we lose water, so it’s only right to replenish it. When we are dehydrated, we tend to have drier, duller skin. Drinking enough water will not only hydrate your body from the inside out, but it will also flush your body of toxins. Start by drinking half an ounce for every pound you weigh.
Beauty will always be in the eye of the beholder, but that doesn’t mean we can’t do anything to achieve a healthy, youthful glow. A well-balanced diet with adequate hydration can do wonders. Glowing skin starts on the inside and radiates out, so make sure you eat to shine!
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