7 Foods That Clear Your Complexion

Posted by Ada Hersko on December 17, 2014 0 Comments

While topical solutions for pimples can keep your face acne free, you can actually help your skin along the road to clarity through your diet. What you put in your body reflects how it looks on the outside, after all.

To keep blemishes at bay, try incorporating the following seven foods in your diet:

1. Oily fish like salmon or tuna

Eating fish provides your body with biotin, a B vitamin that, among its many functions, produces fatty acids and metabolizes amino acids (the building blocks of protein). A deficiency of biotin can cause, among other things, scaly skin — which, clearly, no one wants.

2. Chia seeds

Omega-3 fatty acids help maintain cell membranes by protecting the skin and providing it with moisture. Chia seeds and walnuts are rich in these fatty acids (great choices if you’re a vegetarian), as are wild bison and oily fish (great options if you’re a meat-eater).

3. Sweet potatoes

Eating a produce-rich diet provides your body with lots of water, keeping your skin and other cells adequately hydrated. And loading up on colorful, deeply-colored fruits and vegetables — especially those rich in vitamin A, like sweet potatoes, carrots, spinach — has been shown to enhance skin color and appearance by increasing its yellowness and redness.

4. Almonds

Packed with vitamin E, almonds can help you maintain healthy skin. While chowing down on these nuts can’t replace sunscreen, it’s worth noting that vitamin E may also protect the skin from damage caused by the sun.

5. Sunflower seeds

These little seeds provide an excellent source of vitamin E and help protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals in the environment and in the body (free radicals in excess can harm body cells, including skin cells).

6. Complex carbs

Processed foods and white flour can increase inflammation and cause acne flair-ups. Replace pasta and white rice with complex carbs like barley, quinoa, beans, and brown rice — foods that are all lower on the glycemic index.

7. Orange juice

Although juice often gets a bad rap, OJ provides fluids to keep you hydrated and Vitamin C, which works as an antioxidant to protect skin and other cells from damage caused by free radicals in the environment and in the body. Vitamin C also helps create collagen, the body’s main structural protein.

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10 Ways to Prevent Acne

Posted by Ada Hersko on October 06, 2014 0 Comments

There is no guaranteed way to prevent breakouts of pimples on your chin or anywhere else. However, learning to care for this acne-prone area can reduce the frequency of breakouts, as well as their duration and severity.

Acne breakouts often occur because of changes you’ve made to your daily routine. Maybe you’ve started using a different laundry detergent, shampoo, face cream or soap. These are often the biggest culprits of an acne breakout.

If you want to keep your skin clear and radiant, avoid breakouts by following these 10 simple tips:

1. Choose Acne-Friendly Makeup

The makeup you use (and how much you use) has a big impact on the health of your skin. If you’re prone to breakouts, look for products that say “non-comedogenic” on the label. This means that the product is specifically designed not to clog your pores. Clogged pores are one of the leading causes of breakouts.

2. Change Your Pillow Case Weekly

Forget the $50 bottle of acne cream you’ve been purchasing every month, changing your pillow case is a proven method for preventing breakouts. All of the sweat, dirt and makeup from your face is seeping into your pillow every night. If you don’t wash your pillow cases regularly you’re basically planting your face on a pillow of sweat and dirt for 8 hours. Washing your cases will give your face the fresh rest it needs at the end of the day.

3. Moisturize

If you’ve turned to acne products to control your outbreaks (which most of you probably have), the importance of moisturizing becomes a key component in keeping your breakouts at bay. Most acne products contain ingredients that dry out the skin, thus, moisturizing immediately after is critical. Make sure you hydrate your skin with water before applying the moisturizer.

4. Review Your Shampoo

Have you noticed that you’ve been breaking out a lot more than usual lately? You might want to check your shampoo. Shampoos and conditioners with a lot fragrance and chemicals can irritate skin and cause breakouts on your forehead, jaw, neck and back. Considering using non-fragrance products (or all-natural products) and always make sure you rinse the shampoo out of your hair completely before washing your face in the shower.

5. Stop Touching Your Face

This might seem like common sense but keeping your hands away from your face is harder than you think. If you’re sitting in class or at work, chances are your head is resting on your hands and your fingers are running up your cheeks. These movements can cause irritation and spark a breakout. Keeping your hands and fingers off your face will keep it clean and healthy and help eliminate future breakouts.

6. Check Your Laundry Detergent

Much like shampoos, laundry detergents can be a huge culprit when it comes to breakouts. If you’re experiencing more breakouts than normal it could very well have to do with the ingredients in your detergent. Many soaps contain harsh chemicals and fragrances that can irritate skin (especially when you use towels to dry your face). Try switching to a non-fragrance detergent or one with more natural ingredients and see if you’re breakouts start to fade.

7. Stay Out of the Sun

A little bit of sun has been known to reduce breakouts but too much  can cause damage to your skin and prompt a breakout. If you’re planning a weekend at the beach, be sure to load up on sunscreen and moisturizer – these will help keep your skin hydrated and protected from the sun which will equal less breakouts this summer.

8. Exercise 

Exercising daily will not only help you look and feel better but it will also help reduce the frequency of your breakouts. Working out increases the blood flow through the body which will keep your skin looking healthy and radiant. Plus, when you workout, you drink more water and drinking more water will definitely help prevent acne breakouts.

9. Reduce Stress

Staying calm and happy has actually been proven to help control breakouts. Acne often appears when someone becomes stressed out or worried about something (perhaps you’re worried about breaking out) and tends to spread faster in these circumstances as well. The best thing to do is to keep calm and try not to sweat the small stuff. In doing so, you’ll feel and look better.

10. Eat Healthy

An unhealthy diet has always been linked to acne. While many studies fail to prove a direct link between the two, doctors and health experts agree that maintaining a healthy diet can go a long way in preventing breakouts. Also, you may not know it but you might have a small allergy to some foods (dairy is a common one) which can spark acne problems. Reducing the amount of dairy you eat, along with unhealthy foods like greasy burgers, french fries, chips and soda will undoubtedly help eliminate your breakouts.

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