Good Habits for Beautiful, Healthy Skin

We all want a perfect, glowing complexion. I know I’ve done many things in order to get it; I’ve tried creams and moisturizers and facial masks. I’ve exfoliated and deep-cleaned and used prescription medication. Those things all worked for me and made my skin look better, but a dermatologist once told me that the best way to get beautiful, healthy skin is to treat it from the inside out. It’s true, too: One winter my grandmother got a ‘Fruit of the Week’ as a birthday gift. She went on a fruit binge and when I saw her a month later, the difference in her skin was startling. Plenty of water and good food will make your skin gorgeous, supple, and radiant.

Drink plenty of water. The first step in getting beautiful skin is to hydrate it. It gives your body the tools to repair itself and stay healthy. Dull skin can be brightened considerably just by drinking plenty of water each day.

Eat foods like carrots, spinach, and broccoli. They contain Vitamin A, and help with growth and repair. I have itchy skin and some dryness, and I found that when I eat apricots (which have lots of Vitamin A), both of those things go away.

Eat your fruit: Vitamin C helps your body make collagen, which is what keeps your skin firm. I add strawberries to my breakfast cereal and have some orange juice or tomato juice every day. Your skin will thank you for it.

Add nuts to your diet. Nuts have Vitamin E, which is an anti-oxidant that neutralizes free radicals. Free radicals cause aging. That’s a great excuse for me to eat that Almond Joy I have hidden in my kitchen cabinet…

Don’t forget the zinc. Zinc works with vitamin A to make collagen and elastin, which give your skin its strength, elasticity and firmness. Shellfish, milk and cheese are good sources of zinc.

Once you’ve changed your eating habits, you will be able to see visible results in your skin. Don’t stop there, however. Use a good daily anti-aging moisturizer, make sure you use plenty of sunblock, and use a gentle exfoliating cleanser at least once a week. Learn from my mistakes: I took great care of my face, but neglected my neck and chest. Consequently, I have some sun damage on that area. Your neck and upper chest are fragile areas. Each time you exfoliate, moisturize, or use sunblock, make sure you put it on your neck and upper chest as well.


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