Winter Regimen Series
Clear Skin is IN: You Are What You Eat and Drink!
Hold on to your seat boss beauties because this is not your Grandma’s Noxzema regimen we are about to discuss. No offense to Grandma of course. My grandmother, Mollie Davis, used Noxzema for as long as I could remember and when she passed away in her early 90’s, her skin was still firm, smooth, and had minimal wrinkles. I’d say it served her well, but times have changed and we have to change some too. Our climate is ever evolving, food has more GMO’s than nutrients, and our bodies tend to lack many essential nutrients to keep us healthy and thriving. This all adversely impacts our skin.
Think Before You Drink!
Before we get into topical products in a later portion of the series, let’s talk about diet. Water, yes, you heard me H2O. I know what you are saying in your head, “oh brother, here is another water Nazi”. I know it’s been said time and time again, but it holds true. Water has earned its claim to fame throughout history; after all, it’s what our bodies are mostly composed of. Bottom line, if you want clear skin drinking water has to be a significant part of your regimen. One time I challenged myself to drink a gallon of water a day for 2 to 4 weeks. Can I just say that alone had an amazing effect on my skin and body?! I had so much energy and I was very lethargic at times before that. My skin was smooth, pores were non-existent, and my melanin was poppin’ with all that elasticity. Not to add, I was dropping weight easier and who doesn’t want to lose a few pounds?
Now I’m not telling you to go out and start drinking a gallon of water a day like I did. I am explaining how essential it is. If you don’t drink water at all, start with one 20 ounce bottle a day for a week, then on the second week move to two 20 ounce bottles a day, so on and so forth. Before you know it, you will be at 64 ounces a day and may even reach that gallon mark at some point. If it doesn’t change your health and skin, come back to this post and write me personally. I guarantee you won’t have to.
There are also nutrient-rich foods that should be a part of our diets to aid us in receiving the best benefits for our skin. Here’s a list of foods and their benefits:
Eat fish for firmer skin
Omega 3 fatty acids help preserve collagen in your skin to keep it firm. The best fish for this include, but are not limited to Salmon, Tuna (bluefin or albacore), Lake trout, Sardines and anchovies, Mackerel, and Atlantic Sturgeon.
Plant Source omega – 3 foods that can benefit your skin include: Walnuts and walnut oil, Soy foods and soybean oil, Canola oil, Spinach, Mustard greens, and wheat germ.
Eat Fruits, Veggies, and Chocolate
Many fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants, but the ones with a surplus of vitamins C and E can fight against wrinkles. Some of the best choices include Strawberries, Citrus – oranges, grapefruit, lemons, limes, Cantaloupe, Apricots, Broccoli, and Sweet Potatoes.
As it pertains to chocolate, dark chocolate contains flavonoids that can reduce rough texture in the skin and protect against sun damage. A few ounces of this chocolate gold a day can take the roughness away. Just be sure it is made up of 60 to 70 – percent cocoa.
Now that we’ve broken down what we need to fuel our bodies with in order to gain the nutrients to produce healthy skin, we are well on our way to a tighter and brighter flawless complexion.
Stay tuned for winter regimen part two…