When we talk about caring for our skin, we often focus on putting the right ingredients on it. And it’s true that this is an important step in getting beautiful, healthy skin. But we need to remember that this is only one piece of the puzzle. To help our skin truly look and perform at its best, we also need to be mindful of what we put inside our bodies.
One of the biggest contributors to aging skin is high levels of blood sugar and insulin. We can actually destroy the health of our skin from the inside out by eating too many high-sugar foods. When these foods hit our bloodstream, the glucose in them damages our skin cells and collagen fibers. And when these break down – it’s wrinkles, bags, blotches, and sagging skin. On top of that, our bodies simply don’t perform well under the assault of excess sugar, so we’ll likely feel just as bad as we look.
Instead of sugary foods, include whole foods that contain phytonutrients, and antioxidants that actually help your body and your skin fight the aging process. Fresh fruits and vegetables contain quercetin, flavonoids, carotenoids, and lycopene – an army of nutrients that protect the skin rather than causing it to deteriorate.
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You should also be sure that you get enough calories from fats and protein, rather than letting carbohydrates dominate your diet. Your skin requires protein to build collagen and cell walls, so make sure you have plenty of high-quality plant and animal protein sources in your diet. Focus on foods that are lower on the glycemic index to avoid those damaging blood-sugar spikes. To help keep your blood sugar lower, consider taking Advanced Blood Sugar Formula, which we designed to help keep you young and beautiful. Many women use one nightly as a preventative measure. Low blood sugar at night makes for less inflammation and leads to healthier skin.
While you’re cleaning up your diet, you may need to clean out your makeup bag as well. Many cosmetic products still contain parabens. These synthetic preservatives have been linked to fertility problems and cancer, but they’re generally still allowed in cosmetics because we don’t actually ingest our makeup. But you know by now that our body absorbs anything we put on our skin. You don’t want to be applying beauty products that are toxic. There are alternatives that don’t contain these dangerous ingredients.
Instead, look for mineral sunblock made with titanium oxide or, better yet, zinc oxide. Instead of using chemicals to “soak up” the free radicals, these physical blocks reflect the sun off our skin so it can’t penetrate our cells.
With all the attacks our skin has to face from pollution, the sun, and the toxins we can’t avoid, it’s important that we not add more stressors to it. Take a careful look at what you’re putting in and on your body to ensure that you’re providing your skin with backup, not more battles.
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