Beauty comes from the inside out. We all heard it before. But how to get a healthy glowing skin and what do you need to eat then? I had terrible acne when I was younger and the doctor put me on birth control, which in my opinion is not the best to treat acne. There can be many side effects of birth control we don’t take into account. I’m so grateful I know now that a beautiful and healthy skin starts from the inside. Your skin is your largest organ that tells you how you’re doing on the inside.
If you have skin problems or want a glowy and healthy skin, try a ‘’skin detox’’ for ten days. I swear by these rules for a healthy glowing skin.
What to do (and what not) for a healthy glowing skin?
Drink every morning a glass of lukewarm lemon water
Lemon water boosts your metabolism after waking up, and kick starts the detoxification of the body. It’s also alkaline (it helps to balance the pH levels in the body), which will result in reducing skin inflammation and break outs. Lemons will help your body to purge excess water weight and balance the sodium and potassium levels in your cells. For great looking skin and hair you could also add a teaspoon of pure MSM Powderto your lemon water.
Add leafy greens to every meal
The vitamins and minerals in leafy greens and herbs such as kale, spinach, parsley and cilantro are very important for detoxification. So boost up your salads and smoothies with extra greens. The beta-carotene in most greens will leave you with a youthful glow and neutralizes free radicals. Spinach is for example a good source of omega-3, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, and vitamins E, B, and C.
Cut out all (white) refined sugars
Refined sugar spikes your insulin levels, causing inflammation in the body (and the skin). And inflammation in the body will break down collagen and elastin, which keep your skin tight and wrinkle-free. So a big no to anything artificial and sweet. Bye bye to candy, cookies, sweets and sodas.
Make your snacks healthy
Your (green) snacks (at any time of the day) could be slices of cucumbers, carrots and celery with healthy dips such as hummus and almond butter. Cucumbers are great for your skin! They hydrate, and nourish the skin both from the inside and outside. The enzymes in cucumbers help removing dead skin cells safely and adding a healthy and fresh glow.
Start your day with raw food, such as a smoothie or juice. Also start every meal with raw food. This can be as simple as having a little bit of cucumber or a tiny carrot. This is great for your body since it will provide your body with enzymes so it can better digest the food (that is about to arrive).
Load up on the super herbs
Parsley is great to support your liver and kidney functions, it also acts as a metabolism booster while it removes toxins. Add it to a green juice/smoothie or sprinkle it on a salad to keep those toxins from building and showing up on your skin.
Cilantro is rich in antioxidants. This will prevent damage from free radicals and it helps the body to get rid of heavy metals.
Stop drinking coffee
Caffeine is a diuretic, which means that too much of it will leave you dehydrated (hello headache and under eye circles). Try drinking green tea instead (full with wrinkle-fighting antioxidants) or this herbal coffee substitute.
A healthy gut is a healthy skin. Often skin problems such as pimples show up when our gut is not working optimally. Try to add some sauerkraut to your salad. And if you have difficulties eating natural probiotics, look for a good supplement.
Use chemical-free beauty products
Our skin is our largest organ and if you don’t want to eat toxic food, why would you put them on your face or body? So get rid off the scented drugstore body lotion and use coconut- or almond oil instead. Coconut oil is antibacterial and antifungal, which is great for maintaining clear skin. I also use coconut oil to clean my face and as a deodorant.
Hydrate your skin
Look for an all natural oil that you love and put a generous layer of this oil on your skin. Calendula oil can work great for you or maybe you prefer organic coconut oil. Oil on your skin will keep it dewy and hydrated, it’s healing and keeps wrinkles away. A few times per week will do.
Drink a lot of water per day
Water is life. There is no such thing as a healthy body (and skin) without enough water on a daily basis. Water increases your metabolism so it is great for your figure too (for most ladies this is enough motivation to drink more water…). Don’t drink it all at once though, it’s better to drink it throughout the whole day. Also, don’t drink water during a meal. You need the acids in your stomach for digestion and water will dilute this. So wait for half an hour before you drink before/after a meal.
Don’t skip the healthy fats
Avocados are your best friends for a healthy skin. They are full with moisturizing monounsaturated fats, and they are also a good source of antioxidant carotenoids like zeaxanthin, beta carotene, alpha-carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin, and lutein that protects your skin from damage that leads to wrinkles and fine lines.
Say no to soy
Soy is loaded with phytoestrogens that can make your skin breakout. These hormonal blemishes normally show up around the mouth and jaw line. If you have any hormonal issues such as PCOS, endometriosis, PMS, painful periods it is also a good idea to stay away from soy.
If you come from a diet that is full with processed foods and you start out with a skin detox you might experience some breakouts in the beginning, but that is completely normal and only a sign that your body is getting rid of toxins.
Of course you should not obsess about the above, because stress can have a negative impact on your skin too.
Would you try a skin detox?
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