How to Get Glowy, Healthy Skin This Summer
Walk down the aisle of the beauty section and you are more likely to be overwhelmed with the assortment of products. Everything from skin tightening creams to facial masks, you are bombarded with products that promise the world. Unfortunately, most of these products have chemicals and endocrine disruptive ingredients lurking behind a fashionable label.
If you really desire glowing skin, I suggest working from the inside out. Consuming fresh, wholesome foods will provide radiant skin and other health benefits. These foods are filled with nutrients that enhance the skin’s look, fights aging, and protect against skin cancer. Here is how you can get your skin glowing right:
1. Be Savvy About Sunblock
We all know that short frequencies of sun exposure are a necessity for your natural Vitamin D production. After about fifteen minutes or so, you reach for your favorite sunblock. However, is your sunblock really safe for your skin?
With so many of them available at your local drugstore, most of them may contain potentially toxic ingredients. I highly recommend researching and shopping the best quality you can afford. The Environmental Working Group Skin Deep Sunscreen database is a great place to start.
2. Concentrate on Antioxidants
To kick toxins to the curb and boost your skin health, focus on foods that contain antioxidants, like catechins, carotenoids, and resveratrol. Most of these antioxidants are capable of protecting the skin from negative environmental influences and cancelling the free radicals from within. Much of these wholesome foods, have the ability to brighten your complexion adding to a more youthful look.
To do this, I suggest focusing on a whole foods diet filled with colors much like the rainbow: Rich red, yellow, orange, green leafy, deep purple veggies and fruits all raw or cooked should be on your nutrition dietary plan to support your skin. From the color spectrum, these veggies and fruits include:
Reds: Beets, tomatoes, cranberries, red onions, strawberries, cherries, pomegranates
Orange & Yellow: Butternut squash, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, yellow onions, carrots, peaches
Greens: Kale, spinach, turnip greens, collard greens, broccoli, arugula
Blue & Purple: Blackberries, Black currants, blueberries, plums, eggplants
3. Go Green
I love to add kale in all my smoothies. But, my use of kale didn’t happen until late into my nutrition improvement journey. In fact, I use to hate kale. I didn’t see all the fanfare about it since it trended a few years back on the vegan social media front. Until one day, I decided to combine it with a natural sweet fruit like banana and now, I’m hooked to eat the leaf as is!
With that said, incorporating more of the organic leafy greens (along with the others as I mentioned before) the suppler your skin will be. I saw a big improvement after drinking my greens daily – my skin is remarkably brighter and my dark spots had started to fade out.
Exactly how many greens do you need? I recommend eating 2-3 cups serving of leafy greens like swiss chard or kale every day. If you cannot get your greens in everyday, you can add a scoop of powdered greens to your smoothies or your water bottle. Be selective on choosing a high-quality brand that uses organic ingredients. I like Amazing Grass Green Superfood to add to my morning coconut water.
Be sure to go heavy with nutrient-dense greens because those are packed with antioxidants like zeaxanthin and lutein. These skin detoxifiers carry protective properties against the sun’s damaging UV rays. (1) However, eating all your greens do not guarantee that you are free from using sunblock, protect your skin or re-read number 1!
4. Only the Good Fat
Summer skin calls for a nutritional diet of hydrating and good fats enriched foods. So, ditch the processed foods and sugar as these are devoid of healthy nutrition. These foods will not only keep your skin looking smoother but doing so, will nourish you’re a functioning body properly. These fatty acids protect against sun damage and aging.
The most notable delightful and skin-supporting choices are:
Olive oil: the liquid gold and heart-healthy fat that be used for sautéing and dressings
Coconut oil: This deliciousness contains medium-chain fatty acids that help to prevent sun damage and fuel skin formation
Avocado: The ever so popular healthy fat that is a fruit! Rich in healthy fatty acids this staple is great for a salad and emulsified for dressings
Fatty fishes: Fishes that are complete with omega-3 fatty acids are the wild salmon and sardines. These acids assist to protect your skin for damage and keep your inflammation in check
Alternatively, I recommend the Omega Blends by Juice Plus for my vegan and vegetarian family. This supplement contains a high natural profile of omega fatty acids minus the animal by-product. You can check it out here!
5. Shine From Within
Adding supplements have gotten a bad rap notably because of misinformation among other reasons. However with the growing environmental factors, consider adding more to support your summer skin. My two favorite go-to supplements are: Vitamin D3 and Alpha Lipoic Acid.
Vitamin D3: this vitamin boost protective levels and prepare the skin from sun exposure by creating melanin faster for protection
Alpha Lipoic Acid: this antioxidant protects skin collagen from free radicals and fights signs of aging.
5. Vibrate Higher
Not your conventional remedy to a skin care regimen but it is still equally important! Vibrating on good energy, keeps you spiritually grounded so choose to stay away from toxic environments and discussion.
By honoring the good via love, compassion and peace, you are doing a great deal to your health including your skin. So give compliments, hugs, kisses and well wishes this summer and all year long. You’re glowing already!
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(1) NCBI. Protection against ionizing radiation by antioxidant nutrients and phytochemicals. 15 Jul 2003.