Today's guest post comes from Emma who is a beauty and skin care enthusiast. Her post will lead us into the spring weather(hopefully no more snow) and help us find ways to achieve glowing skin.
By: Emma Banks
With winter on its last legs
that means warm weather is right around the corner. Which means showing lots of
skin, and you want to make sure that you have great skin to show! Winter always
does a number on my skin and for those first few spring months I still would be
embarrassed to show off my skin.
While it is important not to neglect important
things like proper skin cleansing, moisturizing and sun protection, you also
need to recognize that what you put into your body is just as important.
diet effects you in so many ways and skin health is no different. For this
reason, it is important to know which foods contribute to skin's health and
start consuming more of them as spring rolls around. Here are some skin-healthy foods that you can
start eating today.
This often neglected cruciferous
vegetable is actually one the best things you can eat for your skin. It is
packed with Vitamins C and E, which enhance the health and appearance of your
skin by boosting collagen production and protecting your skin from harmful UV
is especially helpful because it is an antioxidant. Antioxidants
are agents that neutralize the oxidant effect of free radicals, which are
molecules that damage collagen and cause skin dryness, fine lines and wrinkles.
Try lightly steaming
a chopped up head of broccoli
and drizzling it with cheddar cheese sauce. You could also consume it raw by
chopping it into a salad.
Did you know that chocolate is
actually good for your skin? Contrary to the myth, chocolate does a lot more
good than harm for your complexion. Dark chocolate contains flavonoids,
powerful antioxidants that help fight off age-inducing free radicals.
caffeine in chocolate can even help reduce puffiness. To get the skin-boosting
benefits of chocolate, consume one to three squares of 70 percent cacao dark
chocolate each day.
A favorite of mine actually is chocolate covered strawberries
. This way you get the flavonoids
as well as the vitamin C boost from the strawberries. They also happen to be delicious
which is never a bad thing. If you really are a chocoholic you can consider
buying skincare products that are specially formulated with chocolate.
Water, though not exactly a food
is a vital ingredient for moist, radiant skin. Water
helps deliver vital food nutrients to your skin. It keeps cells
moist and plump, which helps your skin look firmer and younger.
It also flushes
away toxins that can cause skin breakouts. By drinking more water, not only do
you help your skin look better, but you also reduce the likelihood of new or
recurring breakout. Fill up a large container with cold water, and sip on it
throughout the day. People say that 8 cups of water a day is a healthy amount.
What I like to do is break these cups up into blocks and set timers on my
phone. This way I have no excuse for getting off of track and get the proper
amount. Also if you want to boost the toxin-flushing effect, add the juice of
one freshly squeezed lemon.
With these handy diet tips in
your arsenal, you are well on your way to having skin that glows. Try consuming
more of these foods every day, and you should start noticing results in a few
Also keep in mind that beauty also comes from within. Be sure to have a
positive attitude and wear a smile every day. Have fun while working your way
to healthier, more attractive skin and you surely will see results.