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Be Naturally Radiant
You can keep your skin looking absolutely resilient, and radiant by simply making natural everyday choices.
Researchers have found that certain foods can help turn off inflammatory genes, helping to strengthen and build healthy tissues. So, pick up a fork and dig in to my top 5-delicious beautifiers—they'll bring you a smooth, clear glow.
Lycopene, the phytochemical that makes tomatoes red, helps boosts collagen strength—a protein that gives skin its taut, youthful structure—and fights off the oxidizing effect of UV rays by eliminating skin-aging free radicals. Cooking tomatoes increases lycopene levels, so stock up on organic tomato sauce, tomato soup and even natural ketchup!
Turmeric doesn’t just protect against cancer or arthritic pain, this Indian spice can also protect your skin. Turmeric's active antioxidant, curcumin, has shown to be one of the most effective anti-inflammatory and free-radical fighting options out there. Plus, this spice can be used to lighten dark pigmentation blotches or scars caused by aging, hormone imbalance, or even sun exposure by inhibiting an enzyme in the skin that produces pigment. I usually combine this miracle spice with coconut oil, honey or milk to create a healing facial mask.
This tropical fruit contains a plethora of active enzymes which pass on their health benefits. One enzyme, chymopapain, has been used to relieve inflammation—a common source of skin conditions. And another enzyme, papain, can help remove blemishes and even treat acne when applied topically.
Omega-6s found in safflower oil can be the ultimate moisturizer for people who suffer from itchy, dry, flaky skin. Safflower oil keeps cell walls supple, allowing water to better penetrate the epidermis.
How many concealers have you purchased trying to avoid those puffy, dark circles under your eyes? The truth is…dark circles are a sign of lack of sleep, dehydration, eating salty foods, indulging in alcohol and even avoiding exercise.
Start replenishing your body with fabulous detox waters. Simply cut up citrus fruits (rinds included), add fresh herbs and soak in a pitcher of chamomile or peppermint tea infused water. The vitamin C in the citrus will help balance levels of electrolytes and expel excess water weight while the d-limonene in the rinds acts as a powerful anti-inflammatory compound which helps the liver flush toxins.
Limit exposure to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays and wear protective natural sunscreen. But the sun isn’t all bad. Just 10–15 minutes of daily exposure helps manufacture vitamin D throughout the skin. Vitamin D is one of the best vitamins for your skin, along with vitamins C, E, and K.
Biotin is also a nutrient that can help us keep a young, attractive appearance since it plays a major part in maintaining the health of our hair, nails and skin. Biotin can be found in foods like organ meats, eggs, avocado, cauliflower, berries, fish, legumes and mushrooms.
Life can be busy: exhaustion and chronic fatigue can seem like every day problems which we often attribute to our hectic schedules. However, these can also be caused by a deficiency of iron. Iron is one of the key nutrients your body requires to perform its daily activities and affects your overall energy levels. Pale skin and dark circles are the most common signs of anemia caused due to iron deficiency.
The lack of iron causes hemoglobin levels to decrease. The reduced oxygen flow can deprive your skin of its color, making it look sallow. A healthy dose of iron-rich supplements and foods in your daily diet can give your skin a pinkish glow. Iron can also help improve hair texture and reduces dullness by increasing the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the hair roots and scalp.
Body care is so much more than the pursuit of gorgeous skin. It’s about self-love, pampering and nurturing yourself.
Adele Cavaliere is a Holistic Nutritionist, published author of the book “21 Days to Detoxify Your Life,” is an elite fitness trainer, yoga instructor and founder of Nutri-School. Visit: www.adelecavaliere.com