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Treating Your Skin From the Inside Out!

Posted Jan 19 2010 12:00am
Young Living has a great selection of natural skincare products that will help invigorate your complexion. Products like our ART® Skin Care System and Satin Facial Scrub™ Mint are free from harmful chemicals and reap health benefits that go way beyond just skin deep.

To complement your skincare regimen, make sure you are giving your skin the nutrients it needs. Try including these foods as part of your healthy diet:

Almonds

Almonds are stuffed with vitamin E, a potent sun blocker. Vitamin E acts an antioxidant that helps protect skin from UV light and other environmental factors that generate cell-damaging free radicals. Consuming about 20 almonds a day will boost your skin’s natural defenses.
Possible substitution: Two tablespoons peanut butter or a half cup of broccoli.
Carrots

Carrots are packed with vitamin A, which is good for clearing up breakouts. It helps reduce the overproduction of cells in the skin’s outer layer were dead cells and sebum can clog pores. Add nibbling on half cup of carrots a day to your snack routine and reap these benefits!
Possible substitution: One cup milk or one slice of cheddar cheese.

Dark Chocolate

As if we needed another reason to eat chocolate! Flavonols, the antioxidants in dark chocolate, can reduce roughness in the skin and protect against sun damage. It only takes a few ounces a day to get this antioxidant in your system—what a sweet benefit!
Possible substitution: Blackberries, cherries, blueberries, or raspberries (although you would have to eat a large amount).

Flaxseeds
These seeds contain omega-3 fatty acids, known to diminish age spots and erase fine lines. Consuming just over two grams (just a teaspoon) will help prevent irritation and redness in the skin as well as contribute to better hydration. Try just sprinkling a teaspoon over oatmeal or veggies to get your daily dose.
Possible substitution: Flaxseed oil (1 tablespoon with sautéed veggies), salmon (4 ounces), or walnuts (1 ounce or about 14 halves).

Green Tea

When green tea is hot, it releases catechins, a type of antioxidant that has anti-inflammatory properties. These antioxidant powers fade as it cools, so drink it while it’s hot. Only two cups a day will help cells’ resilience to sun damage, and may even help reduce sun damage.
Possible substitute: White tea.

—Rebecca Jarvis
Product Manager, Essential Living

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