This holiday season, don’t let the only glow in the room be from the candles on your mantle. Glowing, radiant skin is a hallmark of both health and youth. However, as we age, what was once a birth rite now begins to be just a fond memory. With each passing year, our skin becomes dull, losing the suppleness and luster we once took for granted.
Eating foods that are high in antioxidants is the first critical step in restoring radiance to skin. If we start now, by the time the holiday season is in full swing, we will enjoy a radical and radiant transformation.
The holidays are a special time for us. We see family and friends that we may not have seen since last year’s holiday season. Naturally, we want to look and feel our very best. Over the next few posts, I will provide helpful suggestions guaranteed to help you achieve this worthwhile goal.
Looking and feeling great start with good nutrition. Now is the time to cut back on comfort foods such as breads and pasta, cookies and cakes, that taste good but wreak havoc on your skin and your weight—let alone your moods.
Following an anti-inflammatory diet and lifestyle is critical when combating dull skin that lacks in radiance. Include lots of high-quality protein for cellular repair, like that found in fish, shellfish, poultry and tofu; low-glycemic carbohydrates including colorful fresh fruits and vegetables, beans, lentils and whole grains such as old-fashioned oatmeal.
And, perhaps most importantly if you want radiant supple skin don’t go low fat or fat free. Instead choose healthy fats, such as those found in cold water fish (especially wild Alaskan salmon, halibut, sardines, herring, anchovies, etc.), nuts, seeds, and olive oil. Avoid the saturated fats found in meats as well as the ubiquitous trans fats (margarine, shortening, etc.) as these can be pro-inflammatory and have the opposite of the desired effect. Learn to read labels as these trans fats are in everything including the peanut butter found on most supermarket shelves.
This will ensure beautiful glowing skin from the inside out. More tips on supplements and skin care tomorrow.