Love Your Skin from the Inside Out

July 6, 2010 at 1:29 am

The cosmetic industry is full of products that make claims to “defy the aging process.” While these creams and ointments may be marketed to hydrate, moisturize, and revitalize, they may do so at the cost of your health. A large majority of conventional skin care products contain chemicals such as parabens, phthalates, food dyes, and other preservatives. Some of these chemicals act as “endocrine disruptors,” meaning that they can interfere with normal hormone functioning and may be linked to conditions such as thyroid disease and breast cancer. Learn more about the safety of your cosmetics here.

Instead of spending $40 on that overly marketed moisturizer this summer – nourish your skin from the inside out with simple diet and lifestyle modifications to create radiant skin:

  • Hydrate: While you are outside watering your garden this summer, remember to replenish fluids for yourself as well. Healthy skin depends on optimal hydration to promote circulation and soften collagen.
  • Fend off Free Radicals: Increase foods in your diet that are rich in antioxidants such as vitamins C, E, beta carotene, and anthocyanidins (found in dark berries). Antioxidants slow the aging process by protecting cells from damage and inflammation.
  • Fatten Up!: Omega-3 fatty acids found in flax oil and fish oil not only help repair damaged and inflamed skin, but they also improve skin elasticity and reduce dryness. Other food sources of “good fats” for the skin include olive oil, avocado, walnuts, and almonds.

Entry filed under: summer, Wellness Tips.

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