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Adding Beauty…… “Eating for Beauty”

This week’s post is super special because it’s from our FIRST guest blogger! Becca Goff is a registered dietitian and has her Master’s Degree in Human Nutrition. 

Hope you enjoy this lovely, informative, and enticing post on food that can make your skin even more beautiful! And make sure to check out the recipe at the end  for the Beauty Smoothie which was exclusively made just for Lookin’ Good Girl (!!!!!) 

Eating for Beauty

Have you ever wondered if what you eat affects the appearance of your skin, well, the answer is simply yes! While the right topical skincare products are integral for allowing your skin to glow with its full potential, half of the battle is not what you put on your skin, but what you put in your body.

There are so many vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that do amazing things to minimize or eliminate the appearance of wrinkles and acne, all while enhancing the skins natural beauty.  Studies suggest that a diet high in antioxidants such as vitamins A, C and E can nourish and safeguard the skin against oxidative damage to promote a healthy appearance.

Of the most important nutrients is something that is seemingly abundant and best of all, free, WATER. Not only will adequate hydration keep your skin moisturized, but it will also promote free movement of the healthy nutrients in and the harmful toxins out.  Aim for around 8 cups of fluids each day, with at least half of these coming from pure water while minimizing those drinks containing caffeine and added sugars.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a main player in collagen production, which can keep your skin looking firm and smooth. It can also protect the skin from oxidative damage by scavenging up free radicals. Great sources are bell peppers (all colors), oranges, kiwi, strawberries, and broccoli.

 Vitamin E

When combined with Vitamin C, some research shows that Vitamin E can protect from some cancers, decrease wrinkles, and safeguard against UV radiation.  Always get Vitamin E in the form of whole foods rather than supplements, as research suggests that there may be safety concerns with Vitamin E supplements. Good sources include wheat germ, fortified cereals, nuts and seeds.

 Beta carotene (vitamin A)

Vitamin A plays a role in the growth and repair of tissues. Consuming beta carotene is the safest way to get vitamin A as toxicity can occur with high dose consumption. The body converts the beta carotene to vitamin A as needed. The best sources include sweet potato, carrots, mango and apricots.

 Omega-3 Fatty Acids

This nutrient is key in forming healthy cell membranes, in other words, it will help to allow water and nutrients in, while keeping toxins out. Adequate Omega-3 intake may also protect against sun damage, aid in skin repair and overall flexibility of the skin. Great sources include fatty fish such as salmon and tuna (canned, too), flaxseed, walnuts, and chia seeds.

Flavanoids

These are a group of plant constituents that can protect against UV damage and improve the overall structure and function of the skin. Great sources include cocoa, green tea, soy, apples, lemons, cherries, and plums.

Silica

This nutrient is essential for healthy skin as it helps to strengthen connective tissues. Eat leeks, garbanzo beans, strawberries, cucumbers, mango and rhubarb to get this mineral

Selenium

Selenium acts as an antioxidant and promotes tissue elasticity. Some studies show that it may prevent some skin cancers in animals. Selenium is found in Brazil nuts, tuna, crab, and wheat germ.

 Zinc

Zinc helps to control the production of oil and may help control hormones that affect the appearance of your skin. Eat oysters, pumpkin, Brazil nuts, and eggs to get this nutrient.

It is important to get these nutrients in the form of whole foods, the form that nature intended, rather than supplements to decrease any risk of toxicity. If you are interested in taking supplements, always discuss with your doctor first.

 

Drink your way to beautiful skin with this recipe, which contains each of the nutrients above!

 

Beauty Smoothie

 

1 cup 100% Orange juice

1/8 lemon without peel

2 tbsp flax meal

2 tbsp wheat germ

1 cup mango chunks (fresh or frozen)

1 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen)

1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)

¼ cup cucumber

4 Brazil nuts

 

Makes 2 servings, so share the beauty!

 

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The Three Basics of Skincare

With everything out there on skincare do you ever wonder what the basic components of skincare are? Does it involve cleansing? De-wrinkling? Protecting? Injecting?

Today’s post will outline the very basic elements of how to take care of your skin. You can certianly go above and beyond depending on what your individual skincare needs are  but without these three pieces as your foundation… all of your other products are going on top of dirty, dull, dry skin.

So let’s get started!

1) Cleansing – If you’re going to put effort into taking care of your skin- start with a clean palate. Literally. You made need to wash your face 1 time a day… maybe twice. Whatever the case may be- you need to use a gentle cleanser that removes dirt and impurities. Note: Your skin should NEVER feel tight after you wash your face. That tight, squeaky clean feeling actually means you removed most (if not all) of the natural oils from your skin and is not what you should be shooting for. Find a cleanser you like and use gentle, circular motions around your face and neck.

2) Exfoliate! Exfoliation can be approached in several different ways but it is a key factor in a solid skincare routine. Exfoliation helps remove dead skin cells that naturally build up. This build up can generate clogged pores (ie. Acne) or give your skin a dull look AND contribute to the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles! Whatever your reasoning for exfoliating… just do it. Your skin is going to look much better when you incorporate this element into your skincare routine. Let it be known: More is not always better and you need to exfoliate according to the directions on the products you are using. 2-3 times a week can suffice. Every 2-3 hours, every day… not good!

3) Moisturize – A good moisturizer will send your skin over the stars and to the moon! If you have dry skin you need a good moisturizer. If you have oily skin or are having trouble with acne you still need a good moisturizer. If you skimp on moisturizing because of oiliness, your skin can actually start to compensate for being so dry and OVER produce oil… which is not what you want. There are so many moisturizers out there that would be a great match for you…. there’s really no reason to not be using one.

Lastly, find yourself some sort of protection from the sun. I know I said there are 3 basic components but I didn’t want to overwhelm you with 4 requirements! Protection from sun damage is key. Find a moisturizer that has SPF in it or put on extra sun-block when you know you’re going to be outdoors. After all the effort you just put in to the first 3 steps why ruin that investment with a crazy sunburn and eventually age spots.

As always if you have specific questions you can leave a comment below or e-mail me directly at eastcoast.beauty@hotmail.com. I’d love to help you with your skincare needs.

 

 

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Skincare In A Flash…… Face Serums

A post to provide you information in a quickly absorbed manner. Kind of like flashcards for skincare.

So what’s a face serum?

  • A serum is a liquid that is often intended to target a specific skincare problem (ie. wrinkles, age spots, acne) or can be used to help improve the skin’s overall appearance.
  • Serums are formulated differently than moisturizers in that they are able (or should be able) to penetrate all 3 layers of the skin. This is due to the nature of the formulations which contain smaller molecules than typical moisturizers.
  • Serums are typically packed with a higher concentration of nutrients, vitamins or active ingredients intended to target specific problems (like those wrinkles, age spots, and acne).

Serums can be a great addition to your skincare regiment but make sure to ask your trusted skincare professional on how to maximize their benefits before adding them into the mix.

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