Every time we go into a department, drug or grocery store we see shelves and shelves of products claiming to be the fountain of youth, the cure for dry skin, oily skin, acne and world hunger. Add to this the products formulated by pharmeceutical companies and we come down to one, simple question. How do you choose?
While I am one of the women who tends to experiment with different skin care products and tricks, there are a few things I know to be true that I thought I’d pass on.
* Drink PLENTY of water. I know, I know, you’ve heard it before, but it’s true. Water hydrates the skin as well as the body and essential for good health as well as beauty.
* Eat brightly colored fruits and vegetables. Substitute snacks of cookies or chips with an apple, fresh broccoli sprinkled with Olive Oil and lemon, a spinach salad, etc…you get the idea.
* Are you a coffee drinker? I LOVE coffee and when I was first told to do this I thought “Oh, no way, I can’t”. But, I could and I did - it was actually easy! Substitute half of your cups of coffee for cups of Green Tea (I sweeten mine with a bit of honey). Green Tea has too many health benefits to list, including good stuff for your skin - AND, it has some caffeine, so you won’t get the headaches that can be associated with caffeine withdrawal.
* Cut down on anything with high saturated fat (fried foods!) and refined flours and eat more fish (especially Alaskan Salmon), turkey and chicken. Diet IS linked to acne - no matter what the ‘experts’ may say. Want to know more? Check out Dr. Perricone’s site.
* I have one tip here - YOGA! Yoga’s health benefits are enormous, but where it applies to our looks includes lowering stress, boosting metabolism, increasing circulation, and benefiting the immune and lymphatic systems. It is an exercise that anyone can do - you start slow and keep going. And, it’s an activity that you will actually look forward to, I promise!
* Alpha Lipoic Acid - Alpha lipoic acid, also known as lipoic acid is a powerful, natural antioxidant slowly becoming recognized as having some unique properties in the therapy and prevention of a broad range of diseases. We have all heard the term “free radicals” in connection with youth and aging. Antioxidants are what help battle these free radicals and keep us healthier and younger looking.
* Biotin - Contained naturally in foods such as cheese, raspberries, eggs, liver, chicken and avocados, most people get enough biotin in their regular diets without ever having to worry about a deficiency. The function of biotin is to help the body make use of essential folic acids, pantothenic acid, protein and vitamin B-12. Although very rare, biotin deficiency can cause fatigue, hair loss, depression, skin rash and skin discoloration.
* A good Multi-Vitamin - A solid multi-vitamin will help you get all of the nutrients, vitamins and minerals you may need. Although, remember, the best way to get what your body needs is by eating right!
* Vitamin B-Complex - Over 60 different bodily enzymes require vitamin B6 to perform properly. In addition, vitamin B12 relies upon its B cousin for assistance in adequate absorption into our bodies. Vitamin