Divini Rae: 4 Tips To Have Great Skin
- Drink Water and Green Tea. Water is vital for great skin. If you aren’t drinking enough water you’re likely dehydrated, which is going to make you feel hungry – when you’re actually thirsty. The body is weird like that. Dehydration is one of the main causes of skin cell damage, and skin cell damage leads to wrinkles and other premature signs of aging. Water hydrates the skin and helps remove dangerous toxins. Also, when the body is properly hydrated, sweating is more efficient and this helps keep your pores clean. If you find water boring and difficult to drink by itself, add a bag of green tea and some fruit (sliced strawberries, sliced lemon, orange slices, mint, a cinnamon stick, cucumber – anything you feel like). Green tea is one of the healthiest substances you can include in your diet because it’s rich in antioxidants that are very effective in reducing inflammation and protecting cell membranes. Green tea also helps eliminate free radicals than cause damage to skin cells that results in wrinkles and age spots. As soon as you wake, drink a full glass of warm water with lemon and throw in a bag of green tea. Set reminders in your phone if need be, to remind you to drink your water & tea.
- Eat Organic Blueberries. According to studies, blueberries are one of the highest food sources of antioxidants. These antioxidants target free radicals that cause skin cell damage and premature skin aging. Blueberries also contain a high amount of soluble and insoluble fiber, vitamin E, vitamin C and riboflavin. This is truly one of the best fruits for healthy skin that you can easily add to your diet. I frequently serve blueberries for dessert after dinner.
- Eat Salmon. Salmon is high in healthy fatty acids that are great for the skin. These essential fatty acids help maintain the overall health of the skin’s cell membranes which are responsible for keeping out harmful substances. These fatty acids also help reduce the production of inflammatory agents that damage the skin causing premature skin aging. I’m from Alaska and grew up eating fresh salmon and I absolutely love it. I serve it for dinner 2-3 times per week. Not everyone loves salmon the way I do (*gasp*), and if you’re one of those that can’t stand salmon, tuna or mackerel (which is high in the antioxidant Coenzyme Q10) are a great alternative. Hate all fish? No problem. On the days I don’t eat fish I take a very pure Omega-3 supplement.
- Wash Your Face before Bed. This may seem like an obvious one but you’d be surprised how many people go to sleep without washing their faces. I use a gentle skin cleanser every night and morning too, and I never go to sleep with makeup on. I also apply sunscreen right after I wash my face every morning. It can be annoying to go through your skin care regimen at the end of a long day when all you want to do is go to bed, but remember that it only takes about 3 minutes to make a dramatic difference in your skin.
P.S. When I cut out dairy my skin completely cleared up, which I’ve learned is pretty common. If your skin breaks out I highly recommend eliminating all dairy for 30 days and see if it clears up.
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