Beautify your skin from the inside

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

How to get beautiful skinAdvertisers and marketers would have you believe that beautiful skin can only be achieved if you use certain products – and it’s true that a well-chosen, effective serum or cream can work wonders if diligently applied – but products are only half the story. It’s actually the things we do every day (but seldom think about in terms of skin care) that can have the biggest influence over time… Here are four ways to amp up your skin care routine – and get healthy at the same time!

• Eat berries:
Blueberries (especially), cherries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries… They’re all chock-a-block full of antioxidants, which help to counter damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals (unpaired molecules, if you want to get technical) are a natural by-product of our body’s everyday functions – but they can also be created by various bad habits, like smoking, and when they occur in excess, they can cause a chain reaction that damages your body’s cells, leading to serious health problems, it’s believed. Skin wise, you’re looking at damaged collagen, age spots, wrinkles and sagging. In short, premature ageing. 
Berries are just one way to get a healthy dose of antioxidants… If you want the full treatment, eat plenty of fresh fruit and veg, a macrobiotic diet (i.e. eat food in its natural state as far as possible, mostly grains), and avoid processed carbs and sugar.

• Drink water:
Sure, we slap moisturiser on every morning and noon to seal in moisture and prevent our skin drying out, but it won’t do much good unless there’s some moisture to seal it in, in the first place. Drinking plenty of water (between 6 to 8 glasses a day is the consensus) will not only help keep your skin hydrated from the inside, it will also help your body to flush out toxins. Add some lemon juice to your water for an added antioxidant and detox boost, and try to include more water-rich food in your diet.

• Eat fish:
More specifically, oily, cold-water fish such as mackerel, tuna, salmon, sardines and herring. They all contain omega 3 fatty acids, which your body cannot produce itself but are essential for the maintenance of healthy skin, as well as other vital functions (it’s even been linked to improved moods – omega 3 makes you happy!). So try to include the fish mentioned above in at least two meals a week.

• Exercise:
You knew that one was coming, right? It comes as no surprise – exercise is good for us in every way, including your skin. Increasing your heart rate means your body pumps more oxygen to cells that need it, including those in your skin, which boosts repair and toxin elimination… You get the picture. So if you want a radiant glow, even when resting, try to work out for at least 20 minutes each day, or for 40 minutes three or four times a week (we’re talking moderate to high intensity exercise such as running, brisk walking, swimming or cycling).

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Rachel McGregor is a Cape Town journalist (and part-time narcissist) specialising in food, health and lifestyle-related features. In her spare time she loves to cook and poke fun at hipsters. Sometimes she dreams of giving it all up and becoming a millionaire.

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  1. Hess

    Love berry smoothies! Blueberries are the best. Drinking water…not so loved.

    4 years ago •

  1. Goddess

    I am so waiting for that day when water will not have to be on the list. There is just something about water which I cannot seem to stomach. I understand that flavoured water doesn’t do the trick either. If there is a non water solution, please pass it my way. Until then, I can only do a glass a day and that should be enough. And don’t worry I wont come complaining to anyone that my skin starts sagging. I must say I was duly warned. Tea, berries and fruit all the way.

    4 years ago •

  1. Tanusta

    My skin really looks brighter after running on the treadmill.

    4 years ago •

  1. Humphreys

    I’ve also heard that the Omega 3 is simply a nutrient that skin loves!!

    4 years ago •

  1. Mpoyif

    Water & fruit are best for your skin.

    4 years ago •

  1. marumo

    I used to drink lots of water but now I no longer do I think I need to go back to basics.

    4 years ago •

  1. foreverGLAM

    I still struggle with drinking lots of water ;-(

    4 years ago •

  1. Miss Addy M

    I couldn’t agree more. I have been following the above steps (active living) for over a year now and I cannot even begin to tell of the AMAZING benefits it has had for my body, my health and my skin. Together with a great skin care line and routine, I have probably the best skin I have had in all my life. Your skin is one of the first tellers of your overall health. I am so happy I made this change and that I continue to be motivated, determined and happy to continue it until I am cold in the grave. There is nothing more beautiful than a confident person whose beauty radiates from within…

    4 years ago •

  1. Khalisi

    Easy tips, but could be so hard to incorporate into a everyday routine. I’m still trying to drink more water, so it’s going to take me some time to get the exercise routine into action.

    4 years ago •

  1. Livvy

    Yes indeed, beauty from within, so just try try again. It’s summer so our bodies adapt easily to more water and seasonal fruits that are around.

    4 years ago •

  1. AndreaM

    Great tips. Not easy to follow through as we always want a quick fix.

    4 years ago •

  1. Sammy

    This is very true, I must admit I don’t drink water as often as I should but I try.

    4 years ago •

  1. CherylGD

    Great article and of course, not forgetting vitamin supplements such as humble zinc which not only boosts the immune system but is also vital for healthy hair and nails.

    4 years ago •

  1. Pannack

    These tips are so true. I have started drinking more water and really have noticed a difference in my skin

    4 years ago •

  1. Queen Shai

    We are what we eat after all. I love berries and I love fish so all I need to do is develop a love for water and exercise then I’m good to go.

    4 years ago •

  1. me

    Some people might find it difficult to drink a lot of water. Add something to flavour the water like; berries, cucumber … any fruit and veg you like.

    4 years ago •

  1. LADYBUG

    This is so true. If we don’t take care of ourselves from the inside, how are we ever going to pursue looking good from the outside. :)

    4 years ago •

  1. Pseudo_kate

    I firmly believe in following these guidelines and have been doing so for a long time. It’s just a pity that most of these foods are also quite expensive, so it can be tricky when you’re working on a tight budget.

    4 years ago •

  1. Cornelli

    Great tips! Will def keep them in mind!

    4 years ago •

  1. NaturalDiva

    Great article. I agree that what we put into our bodies affects the way we look.

    4 years ago •

  1. Cupcake

    Good article. I completely agree that beauty is a combination of creams and everything a person does to take care of their skin from the outside but what we eat and exercise etc is the other important half.

    4 years ago •

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