SHINE ON: Foods for Healthy, Glowing Skin

Well, I got messages from my last blog saying my face isn’t shiny…it’s GLOWING.  Ha!  Turns out, some health experts agree. 

While Negative Nancys point out how celebs like Gwenyth are too shiny, other articles tell you HOW to get SHINY skin.  I prefer to error on the side of GOOD HEALTH, so shine on! 

Here’s how to nourish your skin from the inside/out:

Foods that make Skin Beautiful & Shiny

Everyone wants to have a beautiful and shiny skin.  A healthy lifestyle i.e. daily exercise, adequate sleep as well as nutritionally-balanced diet helps to get a beautiful skin and improve overall health. Consume a healthy and well-balanced diet that rich in vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, whole grains to ensure your skin gets all the nutrients it requires.

Foods that make Skin Beautiful & Shiny

Make Skin Beautiful & Shiny by eating below foods:

Walnuts

For a healthy skin, the best-known essential fatty acids i.e. omega 3 and omega 6 must be in balance. Walnuts are an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids, which help to make skin smoother and younger looking. Walnuts also provide other health benefits, for example put shine in hair, increase vision properties, and help to build strong bones. To enjoy their benefits, you don’t need to consume cupfuls of walnuts. Just consume handful of walnuts or throw some in your pasta, salad, or dessert.

Green Vegetables

Dark green vegetables are great source of nutrients and antioxidants. They contain potassium, vitamin C, vitamin A, β-carotene, iron, vitamin B6, omega-3 fatty acids and folic acid in good amount. Vitamin A helps in the formation of new cells; thus it keeps the skin, eyes and hair beautiful, shiny and bright. The good content of iron contained in these vegetables can recover iron-deficiency anemia, and make the skin shiny and ruddy.

Garlic

Only a small clove of garlic offers so many health benefits. Garlic has natural blood thinner properties so it improves blood circulation. Also, it is a good source of anti-oxidants which destroy free radicals and prevent premature aging. People having oily and acne prone skin can also get benefit from garlic due to anti-septic properties of it. In many ways garlic can be used to battle beauty problems; however regular intake of fresh garlic can help to prevent the topical use of garlic. Consume a clove of minced or chopped garlic every day to get all the beneficial properties.

Green Tea

In the list of skin-friendly beverages, green tea is on top as it is a storehouse of polyphenols. Green tea is one of the best foods for healthy skin as it protects cells and helps to prevent skin cancer and other skin-related disorders. Whether you take it orally or applied on the skin directly, the anti-inflammatory properties of green tea would surely give you glowing skin. Green tea can decrease the risk of damage from ultraviolet light (the burning rays of the sun), and thus decrease the risk of skin cancer. All these properties of green tea are beneficial to skin health overall.

Ginger

Fresh ginger roots contain volatile oils, phenol compounds which are utilized to treat inflammatory conditions, digestive disorders and many other ailments. For beautiful skin, circulation of blood is very important as when circulation is increased, puffiness is decreased and the blood is better capable to provide skin cells with nutrients/take waste away. Ginger increases blood flow, stimulates skin, and will provide a warming effect when utilized to cleanse skin.

Dark Chocolate

Many people have misconceptions that chocolate is responsible for acne but they are not aware about the fact that chocolate is actually helpful to get beautiful skin. Consumption of dark chocolate keeps the skin hydrated for longtime and protects it from sun damage, which is almost contrary to acne belief. Before you include dark chocolate in your diet, remember that the best type of chocolate has at least 60 percent cacao and high flavanol content.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes are the richest source of lycopene, the anti-aging antioxidant. Lycopene present in tomatoes is more easily absorbed by body when it is taken in cooked or processed form. So, ensure to take tomato juice, canned tomato sauce, and ketchup. Besides being an excellent source of the antioxidant lycopene, tomatoes are also regarded as a high-carotenoid fruit. One study has found that lycopene-rich tomato paste helps to prevent sunburn when it is combined with olive oil and applied on skin daily for ten weeks.

Avocados

Avocado is a high-fat fruit which contains vitamins A, D, and E in good amount. Also, it is an excellent source of biotin, vitamin H. Due to all these nutrients, avocado offers a natural way to keep skin moisturized. Also, it helps to soften the skin and prevent brittle hair and nails. It also works well topically. Peel the fruit and mash an avocado; apply the mashed flesh on your skin. Let it on skin for 15 minutes and then rinse it off with a cool washcloth. If you are prone to acne, don’t use it on your skin too frequently.

Nutritionist, Lisa Drayer, MA, says the Top 10 Foods for gorgeous skin and hair are:

1.   Blueberries

2.  Wild Salmon

3.  Spinach

4.  Oysters

5.  Tomatoes

6.  Walnuts

7.   Kiwis

8.  Dark Chocolate

9.  Yogurt

10.  Sweet Potatoes

Fortunately, those are all favorites of mine and you can add my favorite snack to the list as a bonus.  Almonds are a super food for super skin.  Love it.

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An Overview of Your Skin from The Cleveland Clinic:

The basics

Skin is the largest organ on our body, made up of several different components, including water, protein, lipids and different minerals and chemicals. It takes a lot to protect you, too: just about six pounds (that’s roughly how much your skin would weigh by itself). Throughout your life your skin will change, for better or worse. In fact, your skin will regenerate itself approximately every 27 days. Proper care and treatment is essential to maintaining the health and vitality of this crucial protection.

What your skin demands daily

It’s easy to skip that glass of water during the haste of your daily routines or to cleanse yourself. But over time, those bad habits can take a toll on your skin. Each day you should make certain to provide your skin with

  • Plenty of water.
  • Thorough cleansing – You should perform this twice daily. At night, make sure you remove all your make-up and cleanse properly before going to bed.
  • Balanced nutrition.
  • Toning – that is, after you cleanse with your bar soap or other cleanser, make sure you use a formulated toner or astringent to remove fine traces of oil, dirt, and make-up that you may have missed when cleansing.
  • Moisturizing – this is a necessary step even for those who have oily skin. There are plenty of moisturizers on the market that are oil-free.

Over the course of your life, you should pay attention to all parts of your skin. Familiarize yourself with it, so you’ll notice any changes that might occur, such as different moles or patches that might require further attention.

This information serves as an overview only, and should not replace a professional’s advice.

The skin’s structure

Epidermis: The outer layer

It’s the thinnest layer, but it’s responsible for protecting you from the harsh environment, with five layers of its own: stratum germinativum, stratum spinosum, stratum granulosum, stratum lucidum, and stratum corneum. The epidermis also hosts different types of cells: keratinocytes, melanocytes and Langerhans cells. Keratinocytes produce the protein known as keratin, the main component of the epidermis. Melanocytes produce your skin pigment, known as melanin. Langerhans cells prevent things from getting into your skin!

Dermis: The middle layer

This is the layer responsible for wrinkles. The dermis is a complex combination of blood vessels, hair follicles, and sebaceous (oil) glands. Here, you’ll find collagen and elastin, two proteins necessary for skin health because they offer support and elasticity. Fibroblasts are the cells you’ll find in this layer, because they synthesize collagen and elastin. This layer also contains pain and touch receptors.

Hypodermis: The fatty layer

Reduction of tissue in this layer is what contributes to sagging skin. This layer is also known as the subcutis. It hosts sweat glands, and fat and collagen cells, and is responsible for conserving your body’s heat and protecting your vital inner organs.

The skin’s proteins

Collagen:

It’s the most abundant protein in the skin, making up 75 percent of your skin. This is also your fountain of youth, for it’s responsible for warding off wrinkles and fine lines. Over time, environmental factors and aging diminish your body’s ability to produce collagen.

Elastin:

Think elastic. This protein is found with collagen in the dermis.

It’s another protein, responsible for giving structure to your skin and organs. As with collagen, elastin is affected by time and the elements. Diminished levels of this protein cause your skin to wrinkle and sag.

Keratin:

This dominant protein in your skin makes up hair, nails and the surface layer of the skin. Keratin is what forms the rigidity of your skin.

Can’t find the health information you’re looking for?

This information is provided by the Cleveland Clinic and is not intended to replace the medical advice of your doctor or health care provider. Please consult your health care provider for advice about a specific medical condition. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________

More Skin care Tips from THE MAYO CLINIC:

Good skin care — including sun protection and gentle cleansing — can keep your skin healthy and glowing for years to come.

By Mayo Clinic staff

Don’t have time for intensive skin care? Pamper yourself with the basics. Good skin care and healthy lifestyle choices can help delay the natural aging process and prevent various skin problems. Get started with these five no-nonsense tips.

1. Protect yourself from the sun

One of the most important ways to take care of your skin is to protect it from the sun. A lifetime of sun exposure can cause wrinkles, age spots and other skin problems — as well as increase the risk of skin cancer.

For the most complete sun protection:

  • Use sunscreen. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. When you’re outdoors, reapply sunscreen every two hours — or more often if you’re swimming or perspiring.
  • Seek shade. Avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun’s rays are strongest.
  • Wear protective clothing. Cover your skin with tightly woven long-sleeved shirts, long pants and wide-brimmed hats. Also consider laundry additives, which give clothing an additional layer of ultraviolet protection for a certain number of washings, or special sun-protective clothing — which is specifically designed to block ultraviolet rays.

2. Don’t smoke

Smoking makes your skin look older and contributes to wrinkles. Smoking narrows the tiny blood vessels in the outermost layers of skin, which decreases blood flow. This depletes the skin of oxygen and nutrients that are important to skin health. Smoking also damages collagen and elastin — the fibers that give your skin its strength and elasticity. In addition, the repetitive facial expressions you make when smoking — such as pursing your lips when inhaling and squinting your eyes to keep out smoke — can contribute to wrinkles.

If you smoke, the best way to protect your skin is to quit. Ask your doctor for tips or treatments to help you stop smoking.

3. Treat your skin gently

Daily cleansing and shaving can take a toll on your skin. To keep it gentle:

  • Limit bath time. Hot water and long showers or baths remove oils from your skin. Limit your bath or shower time, and use warm — rather than hot — water.
  • Avoid strong soaps. Strong soaps and detergents can strip oil from your skin. Instead, choose mild cleansers.
  • Shave carefully. To protect and lubricate your skin, apply shaving cream, lotion or gel before shaving. For the closest shave, use a clean, sharp razor. Shave in the direction the hair grows, not against it.
  • Pat dry. After washing or bathing, gently pat or blot your skin dry with a towel so that some moisture remains on your skin.
  • Moisturize dry skin. If your skin is dry, use a moisturizer that fits your skin type. For daily use, consider a moisturizer that contains SPF.

4. Eat a healthy diet

A healthy diet can help you look and feel your best. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. The association between diet and acne isn’t clear — but some research suggests that a diet rich in vitamin C and low in unhealthy fats and processed or refined carbohydrates might promote younger looking skin.

5. Manage stress

Uncontrolled stress can make your skin more sensitive and trigger acne breakouts and other skin problems. To encourage healthy skin — and a healthy state of mind — take steps to manage your stress. Set reasonable limits, scale back your to-do list and make time to do the things you enjoy. The results might be more dramatic than you expect.

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18 thoughts on “SHINE ON: Foods for Healthy, Glowing Skin

    1. I understand. The best thing you can do is try to keep a lot of these healthy foods around you. Caffeine, sugar, salt will just add to the stress. It’s hard, but try to get enough sleep. When you don’t get enough sleep, it messes up the rest of your system. During finals, get a good night’s sleep. Wake up and have a healthy breakfast containing protein (even 2 eggs). Stretch. Breathe. Make yourself some green tea –then sit down to study. You have to keep your mind nourished, so keep walnuts, almonds and fruit around to pick on when you get anxious or have to sit at the computer for long periods. Keep lots of water handy too. Your skin will clear up if you maintain these habits. Let me know how you do on your finals. Good luck!

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  2. The dermis is the central layer. The most significant part of your skin, it delivers nutrients like collagen and proteins to the epidermis to keep your skin looking good. Blood vessels, glands, hair follicles and nerve endings live here.

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