Skin Care from the Inside Out

“You are what you eat” is a well-known idiom, yet many folks don’t realize how very literal that saying is. What you eat – or don’t eat – has a significant impact on the health and beauty of your skin. Hippocrates, the “father of medicine” admonished us to “let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food,” and that definitely includes the skin. The skin is the body’s largest organ, and if it is not properly nourished, it suffers.

It may be interesting to note that as far back as the ancient
Egyptian civilization, humans have made the link between nutrition and
healthy skin. Cleopatra was famous for her natural skin rejuvenation
regimens, using foods to smooth and exfoliate the skin. Modern science
has only confirmed the validity of natural skin care through
diet.

If you’ve ever gone out for a long night of heavy drinking and
salty foods, you’ve likely seen the effect on your skin the following
morning. The skin around your eyes is puffy and your face might feel
tight and dry. While the effects of a healthy diet may not be quite as
drastic as that, the benefits are there and they do show over
time.

The thing is, skin cells are formed deep in the dermis, many
layers into the skin. Capillaries throughout the dermis provide oxygen
and nutrients to the newly-forming cells. But the body can only feed
your cells off of what you feed it. When you are providing your body
with plenty of nutrition, your cells grow strong and healthy. When
nutrition is slow in coming, the cells grow weak – and thus, the skin
isn’t as strong, healthy or vibrant as it should be.

So let’s take a look at some foods that contribute to the
healthy, glowing complexion we’re all after. In addition, we’ll discuss
some foods that are best avoided.

Just as natural, unrefined foods contribute to healthy skin,
certain elements of our diet have just the opposite effect. The regular
consumption of refined, processed sugary and starchy foods so common to
our culture have been proven contributors to the development of acne.
Things like soda, chips, cakes and candy can cause acne outbreaks or
worsen an existing condition.

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