The skin is the largest organ in the body, so it will always be affected by your surroundings and how you treat it. Not only does what you put on your skin play a big role, but it's also what you choose to eat (and not eat) that uphold the integrity and appearance of your skin.
Here are three simple industry secrets to achieving that youthful glow.
You want: Wrinkle-free smooth skin
To fight wrinkles and lines, it's key you get your daily dose of vitamin C! A potent antioxidant, this nutrient has a key role in collagen synthesis and is necessary for almost all skin functions. A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition outlined a link between high levels of vitamin C consumption with fewer wrinkles, compared with those who consumed far less vitamin C and more carbohydrates and fat.
You should eat: Strawberries, oranges, pineapples, papaya, kiwis, broccoli, kale and grapefruit. Try making a vitamin C-packed juice or smoothie in the morning — it will be incredibly delicious and help fight those frown lines!
You want: A bright, blemish-free complexion
To fight a dry and dull complexion, try adding more healthy sources of omega-3 fatty acids to your diet.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, regular consumption of fish has a positive effect for acne sufferers. High levels of omega-3 fatty acids have also been shown to reduce inflammation and improve overall skin condition as they aid in the reduction of itching and redness in conditions like dermatitis and psoriasis.
You should eat: Fresh, organic wild salmon and flaxseed (in seed or oil form)
You want: A dewy holiday glow
Increase hydration! Water is the elixir of life. No cream, cleanser, mask or toner will do for your skin what drinking water will.
For something even more powerful, try swapping your daily cappuccino for herbal tea (green tea for extra points). Coffee will not only wreck havoc on your sleep cycle and increase stress hormones, it'll also dehydrate you very quickly. Green tea, on the other hand, contains antioxidants that increase your skin's hydration by causing increased blood flow and oxygen to the dermis and epidermis.
You should eat: Herbal tea, water, apples and cucumbers.
So the next time you're tempted to fork over hundreds of dollars for a cosmetic purchase, try these three simple changes for at least two weeks. Your body and wallet will thank you!