We all know that getting the best look with our makeup begins with good skin, right? So, we want to be sure to prep the skin with good skincare, but even before that, we need to be thinking about how to achieve good skin.
Well, the first step to good skin is being mindful of what we put into our bodies. You will find that I am a big advocate for getting a variety of the rainbow when it comes to nutrition. After all, we have been told to eat our fruits and vegetables since we were toddlers!
Most of us can thank our mothers for that reminder, and she was right. But I think we all know that sometimes it is nearly impossible to get enough good nutrition these days. Most of our produce is picked for retail before it is ever ripe, and shipped across the country. This means that our fruits and vegetables will become ripe on the way to the store, and will usually only last a few days when we get it home. Not to mention that most of the nutrients are already lost because produce receives most of its nutrients the last 24-48 hours of ripening on the vine.
Did you know that it takes eight oranges to equal the nutrients of one orange’s nutrient value fifty years ago, and 10 bowls of spinach to one bowl, 50 years ago? This was a sad, and crazy, realization for me.
So, I think you can tell where this is leading. We want to provide our bodies with ample amounts of nutrients to feed our skin. For example, carrots are high in Beta Carotene, which is converted to Vitamin A, which helps fight acne and gives the skin a nice glow; almost like a natural tan. Kale has an abundance of skin benefits. It is a source of Vitamins A, C, B6 & K, as well as manganese. It is a detoxifier, which helps to flush out toxins from pores and naturally hydrate the skin. I could go on and on about each individual fruit and vegetable, and their individual benefits, but you may get tired of reading!
All phytochemicals, such as: Carotenoids, Lutenin, and Zeaxanthin, have antioxidant properties. Antioxidants protect our cells from free radicals which are unpaired electrons caused by environmental stressors such as: pollution, sun, alcohol, smoking, herbicides, pesticides, and even exercise. As long as we are loading our bodies up with fruits and vegetables that provide us with antioxidants, we can help prevent the breakdown of healthy cells. Antioxidant-rich superfoods are nutrient dense, minimally processed, and can be easily absorbed into the body when consumed. They nourish the skin and lock in moisture, which in return, gives you skin that is vibrant and glows, and less wrinkles.
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So, is this a trend that is here to say? I would say “YES, YES, YES!”
- Millennials (ages 22-37 in 2019) favor a “beauty from the inside out” approach to skincare, with a holistic and wellness focus.
- Consumers equate beauty with good health. The popularity of the “beauty from the inside out” trend is influenced by the current food and drink ingredients trend.
- The natural beauty and chemical-free market are reaching exponential growth.
- The majority of consumers are looking for chemical-free and more natural ingredients in their cosmetic products.
Did you know the dark spots on your skin are often referred to as liver spots? Well there is a reason for that! Not all dark spots are caused by the sun. If our liver is inundated with chemicals that come from junk food, soda, sugar, processed metals, etc., our liver becomes overworked and can’t process the toxins out. When this happens, the blood takes over and those toxins get deposited right under the skin’s surface, which creates those dark liver spots on our skin.
I have actually seen these liver spots disappear after the start of a healthy diet, and flooding the body with an abundance of fruits and vegetables. So, before you start thinking about covering up blemishes, pigmentation, and other skin issues, think instead about what you are loading up internally. Are your foods benefiting you? Your health? Your skin?
I truly love the fact that I get to share three topics that are such passions of mine: Makeup, Skin & Nutrition. They all work together for a healthy you! Remember, you are a pure, rare, and worthy woman. Treat yourself well, and be kind to your temple.