Health and beauty are about more than numbers. So why does every new beauty fad focus so exclusively on them? Yet we've all seen people who are thin, but look haggard and dull. That’s because beauty is about more than how much you weigh. It's about the glow that you radiate and you can't buy that in a pill. When you have healthy and radiant skin you look happier, have more energy, and it shows to everyone who sees you.
There's an army of expensive products that claim to carry the secret to luminous skin, but the truth is you don't have to plop your entire paycheck on the counter to get the look you want. With these five tips you'll be on your way to the healthy glowing skin.
Detoxify Your Body and Take Your Skin Back to Basics
The fact of the matter is that your skin is a reflection of the internal health of your body. Whatever toxins are inside your liver and blood will literally show up as imperfections on your skin. So naturally, the first thing you want to do is detoxify your body. Keep in mind that this is something that you will repeat periodically. Even with a perfect diet you will accumulate toxins.
Fortunately, you can do this with a few simple steps:
- Eat enzyme rich foods
- Drink the Glowing Green Smoothie each morning
- Avoid caffeine
- Take magnesium oxygen before bed
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!
Good hydration has two benefits for your skin. First it helps the detoxification process by flushing out impurities. Second, it keeps skin from excessively drying out and having a flaky, cracked look.
Now, before you get ready to sling a gallon-sized jug of on your shoulder and head off to work, understand that bottled water does not have to be your only source. Raw foods with high water content such as lettuce, watermelon, eggplants, green peppers, and spinach also contribute to skin hydration.
Foods to Fortify Your Skin
As stated above, your skin reflects the level of health within your body. Therefore, your skin is only as healthy as the food you put into it. Ideally, you're looking to increase key vitamins and minerals such as Vitamins A, B, B12, C, and E. Here are some foods that should help you out:
- Leafy green vegetables such as lettuce, greens, and spinach (Kimberly Snyder’s Green Glowing Smoothie is great for this as one cup contains three servings of leafy greens)
- Other vegetables such as red peppers, tomatoes, and squash
- Fruits like cantaloupe, watermelon, blueberries, and bananas
- Nuts such as walnuts, pine nuts and sunflower seeds
- Animal proteins such as poultry, meat and fish (ideally you want to minimize or exclude animal proteins)
Baby Your Skin with Mild Cleansers
Cleansing your skin is an important part of maintaining a healthy glowing look, but be very careful. Many popular products are overly harsh on your skin. They tend to dry it out or strip away essential nutrients. For best results, look for mild cleansers. If you have acne or other skin issues you might need a stronger cleanser at first, but if you incorporate the other tips in this article, your skin will clear up and you can switch over to a more mild cleanser.
Bag the Makeup
One of the greatest perks of drinking the Glowing Green Smoothie and using the tips outline here is that your skin will become so naturally beautiful that you will need little to no makeup. In any case, try to minimize the amount of makeup you wear so that it won't clog your pores. Also, pay close attention to the ingredient list. You'll want to use brands that are natural and non-toxic. Steer clear of brands that use petroleum-based ingredients since petroleum breaks down collagen over time.
That's it! Getting and keeping beautiful and radiant skin doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg or take hours out of your day. With just a little bit you planning you'll have the skin you've been dreaming of in no time.
Post sponsored by Kimberly Synder, a celebrity nutritionist and beauty detox specialist. She is the author of the New York Times Best Seller, The Beauty Detox Foods and The Beauty Detox Solution.