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Healthy skin really is skin deep....

When we think about aging skin, dry skin, sensitive skin we automatically think about treating the external skin. And while this is very important we need to remember that numerous factors go into what causes the signs of aging on our skin, including genetics, lifestyle choices, and how much time you’ve spent in the sun. There’s a lot you can do to prevent, or at least slow, these signs, and it starts by using a great skin care routine. Such a routine will treat your skin to a wealth of beneficial ingredients, but equally important is what you put into your body to support your skin. Many of the same ingredients that are good to put on your skin are also important to include as part of your diet. They bring additional benefits to help you fight the signs of aging, from the inside-out. Adding these nutrients goes a long way toward helping you achieve more radiant, youthful skin (and a lot of these healthy ingredients come in delicious forms, too). Some of the most important components you can add to your diet to fight signs of aging are antioxidants. A wealth of research shows that eating foods rich in antioxidants has all sorts of health benefits, including defending skin from the ravages of environmental damage. Environmental damage causes skin to appear older, so anything you can do to prevent it helps skin look and feel younger.

· Fruits - Many fruits are high in antioxidants, packed with vitamins, and beneficial in a myriad of ways. These include cranberries, red grapes, peaches, raspberries, strawberries, red currants, figs, cherries, pears, guava, oranges, apricots, mango, red grapes, cantaloupe, watermelon, papaya, and tomatoes.

· Dried Fruits - With the water removed, the antioxidant ratio is higher in dried fruits than in fresh. They can easily be carried with you in your purse, briefcase or car and they make a quick healthy snack. Consider taking along dried pears, plums, apples, peaches, figs, dates and raisins. However, be careful of sugar content; avoid dried fruits that have processed sugars added to them to make them sweeter.

· Vegetables - Didn't your mother always tell you to eat your vegetables? Broccoli, spinach, carrots and potatoes are all high in antioxidants, and so are artichokes, cabbage, asparagus, avocados, beetroot, radish, lettuce, sweet potatoes, squash, pumpkin, collard greens and kale.

· Omega fatty acids, particularly omega-3, omega-6, and omega-9 fatty acids, can help boost and strengthen skin, in part because they serve as building blocks for skin’s surface layers. The stronger these layers are, the better your skin will look now and years from now. Omega fatty acids are found in fatty fish (like salmon, mackerel, and tuna), flax seed oil, soybean oil, canola oil, and sunflower oil. If you’re not a fish eater, mixing up a salad dressing that includes one or more of these plant oils is a great and easy way to add omega fatty acids to your diet. Or ask your healthcare provider to recommend a fish oil supplement.

· Contrary to popular belief, most of our antioxidants come from beverages. Apple juice, cider, tomato juice, pomegranate juice and pink grapefruit juice seem obvious, and green tea has become very popular as a source, but black tea and plain tea have high levels also. Here's good news for those who love that cup of joe in the morning: coffee is high but should be consumed in moderation. *Note that adding milk to coffee or tea blocks antioxidants. Speaking of moderation, red wine and especially beer (since it comes from grains) provide a big dose, and the healthy effects of moderate alcohol consumption have been well documented.

We can’t say enough about drinking water.

The adult human body is 60% water and your blood is 90% water. Drinking water benefits the whole body in a million ways. From flushing out toxins to preventing acne, water can be the most inexpensive solution for skin issues. It can give you glowing and nourished skin. Hence, it is safe to say that water is a miracle drink!

What Does Drinking Enough Water Do For Your Skin?

When you drink enough water, the cells in every part of your body get hydrated through the blood. The skin, being the largest organ in the body, also gets hydrated, even as the impurities and toxins get flushed out at the cellular level. According to the chief dermatologist of SkinKraft, Dr. Harish Koutam, “Lack of water is an alarming condition for your skin. Dehydration leads to increased Transepidermal water loss (TEWL) and damages the skin barrier. Barrier damage causes premature ageing and other skin issues like frequent acne breakout, extreme dryness, etc.”

Here are all the benefits of drinking water for your skin:

1. Improves Skin Tone

2. Prevents Premature Aging

3. Faster Healing

4. Reduces Puffiness

5. Prevents Acne

6. No More Itchy Skin On The Face

7. Tighter Skin

8. Maintains Your pH Balance

9. Prevents Heat-Related Skin Eruptions

10. Promotes Healthy Gut, Meaning Clear Skin

Starting a regular skincare routine along with healthy diet and plenty of liquids is the best way to ensure and restore healthy skin and benefit the whole body. If you're unsure where to start with you skin care routine look at our everyday skin care bundle or send us an email or chat and we'll be happy to help you get started.

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