Eat Your Way to a Healthy Complexion

health foods for a great complexion
When most of us think of smooth, unblemished complexions, we probably think of skin crèmes, soaps and lotions we can use on the skin’s surface. And while many skin-care products are terrific and do a world of good, there are also some steps we can take to make our skin healthy from the inside out. Remember the old adage, “You are what you eat”? Well, as it turns out that really is true when it comes to the health of your skin. Eating certain foods brings a tremendous benefit to the appearance of your skin and a healthy complexion. Before you reach for the skin crème, think about the foods you eat each day.

  • Water: One of the most important things you can do for healthy skin is to stay hydrated, and nothing does that better than water. Avoid sodas and fruit juices that are packed with sugar. Soups may be liquid, but they’re high in sodium. When it comes right down to it—although you can certainly enjoy other liquids in moderation—there’s nothing better for hydrating your skin than water. Experts disagree about how much you should drink in a day, but many suggest that eight 8-ounce glasses a day can keep your skin—not to mention the rest of your body—hydrated.
  • Avocados: These yummy fruits are also full of healthy fats, essential oils and B-complex vitamins, all of which do wonders for your complexion.
  • Low-fat dairy products: Milk, yogurt, cheese—they all contain calcium, which is good for your bones and your skin. But dairy products also contain a healthy dose of vitamin A, and according to many experts the health of your skin is dependent on adequate amounts of vitamin A.
  • Flaxseed oil: Most of us are aware that omega-3 fatty acids are great for your skin. But you may not know that flaxseed oil is one of the best sources of omega-3s. Try using flaxseed oil in salad dressings for a convenient way to get your daily dose.
  • Almonds: These tasty nuts are rich vitamin E, and that’s the vitamin that helps to moisturize your skin.
  • Baked potatoes: It’s too bad that potatoes got such a bad reputation during the low-carb craze. In reality, potatoes are not only delicious, but nutritious as well. And they have an added benefit—the combination of copper, vitamin C and zinc in baked potatoes help to create elastin fibers, the same elastin fibers that support the structure of your skin.

When it comes to skin health, it’s best to approach it from both sides. There are some wonderful products on the market that can treat your skin from the outside in, but don’t forget the inside out as well. Start with these diet tips to give your complexion a head-start toward a healthy glow.

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Roxanne Jones is a blogger for Cadiz Laser Spa, an Austin spray tanning salon, specializing in laser hair removal. Even better with avacados and in the fresh air : taken from - http://www.flickr.com/photos/sercasey/2905831489/lightbox/Author: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en
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