Be Happy, Feel Beautiful
It’s obvious that keeping your skin happy and glowing can be a hard task. From hormones to weather, it’s a constant battle to keep skin clean and clear of unwanted blemishes. And with fall right around the corner, the climate change isn’t going to do anything to help the ongoing battle. But to have great skin, despite the seasonal change, isn’t as hard as some women make it out to be. In fact, you may be surprised to learn that some of these tips are great for more than just getting glowing healthy skin. Did you know that exercise and healthy eating don’t just help you lose weight, but can give you a jump start on the makings of great skin? Well, now you know. Surprise or not, your skin is the largest organ in your body, and you have to learn to treat it right. One of these ways is through flushing toxins out of your skin by eating oatmeal (instant doesn’t count though, sorry!).
During the summer we often have better access to fresh fruits and veggies, and with time drawing closer and closer to an end, start looking out for the fall produce. Like pumpkin, for example, which contains lots of anti-oxidant vitamins A and C, as well as zinc and beneficial alpha-hydroxy acids (which is basically just a big word for exfoliating properties). If you really want to learn more, I’ve put together a small list of foods that help your skin out in different ways. Look to see if your favourite fruits or veggies are here. And the next time you’re in the grocery store, try out one or two things from the list. Who knows, maybe you’ll end up loving it (your skin definitely will).
|What it does:||What does it:|
|Strengthen your skin||Peppermint, garlic, carrots, apples, olives, mushrooms and cinnamon.|
|Cleanse your skin||Oatmeal (steel cut, not instant)|
|Combat dry skin||Nuts, seeds, olive oils, salmon (which is also great for losing weight) sardines, corn, beef and lamb, poultry, eggs, milk, wholegrain, cabbage, tomatoes and cantaloupe.|
|Anti-ageing||Citrus fruits, broccoli, tomatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes, blackberries, black currants and lentils.|
|Fighting ache||Leafy green veggie and soya.|
|Dry scaly skin||Milk, cheese, green veggies, poultry and fish.|
|Pale skin and/or itch patches||Red meat, egg yolks, dried fruits (like prunes, raisins and apricots), wholegrain cereals, potatoes, dried beans and leafy greens.|
Want a fun girls’ night that involves the aspects of fall, getting together with your closest girlfriends, and treating your skin? If so, then try this fantastic facial mask!
Pumpkin Facial Mask
2 teaspoons cooked or *canned pumpkin
1/2 teaspoon honey
1/4 teaspoon milk (or whipping cream, if your skin is very dry)
1. Combine ingredients and apply to a clean face with gentle circular motions, avoiding the area
around your eyes.
2. Allow mask to remain on skin for 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse with warm water, pat dry,
and apply your usual moisturizer.
*If you buy canned pumpkin make sure you don’t buy the type used for pies.Just ask for plain canned pumpkin.
Also, another simple, but very important trick is to wash your face with soap at the beginning and end of every day. It’s a simple task that so many woman forgo due to being in a mad rush— but really, it’s important. And so is applying moisturizer. If you want to keep your skin soft, supple, and wrinkle free, then apply some every day. Trust me, in your fifties and sixties, your skin will be thanking you for it. Just remember, no matter what your outfit looks like or how amazing your hair looks, if you’re unhappy with your skin, you won’t feel as beautiful as you really are. So, don’t skimp out on the right tips and tools that help you feel great now and help keep you looking younger in the long run. Wash, moisturize and keep your skin healthy. But don’t forget to eat right and exercise, not only for your skin, but for the rest of you as well. Outer beauty may only be skin deep, but keeping skin healthy is a big key to a longer and happier life, where you can allow your thriving inner beauty to continue touching the lives of those around you.