When I was growing up – particularly through the wretches of adolescents – I thought I was absolutely cursed with oily skin. My compact of Cover Girl powder and tube of skin-toned Clearasil® got hourly use from the moment I left for school until the moment I returned. I doubt I was alone in my quest for perfect skin through high school. I also doubt I was alone in understanding the concept of the grass always being greener on the other side.

Fast forward about 20 years, two kids, an entirely different understanding of hormones…and I find myself wishing for a sliver of some of that moisture – particularly over the winter months. From head to toe, many of us fall prey to the bitter chill of winter. Fortunately, there are a lot of great foods that can actually help keep our skin maintain a healthy balance of moisture.

Load up On Antioxidants
Whenever I explain how important antioxidants are I use the rusty car analogy. In a nutshell, free radicals are like rust to a car. Over time cars age, and when exposed to factors in the environment, they rust out. Now let’s say our bodies are the cars and the effect of rust is the effect of free radicals. Over time, all the toxins we’re exposed to and put into our body make us get a little “rusty” (old).

The foods below are not only loaded with antioxidants, but they also have the power to lock in moisture, improve skin tone, some even boosting the body’s ability to rebuild collagen.

Foods Rich in Vitamin A
Liver
Cream Cheese
Parmesan Cheese
Butter
Carrots
Sweet Potato
Kale
Cod Liver Oil

Foods Rich in Vitamin B
Whole Grains and Oats
Poultry
Eggs
Yogurt
Beans

Foods Rich in Vitamin C
Black Currants
Lemon Slices
Strawberries
Oranges
Cauliflower
Cabbage
Parsley
Green Peppers

Foods Rich in Vitamin E
Raw Sunflower Seeds (not oil)
Almonds
Walnuts
Olives
Beans
Spinach
Tomato Sauce

Food Smarts for Healthy People
It goes without saying
that they key to staying hydrated is to drink plenty of water. A cup of coffee
in the morning, can of soda in the afternoon and glass of wine at night don’t
entirely count. If you must imbibe your vices, try to minimize it and drink
water all day long.

A few other foods that
can be counter-productive to a wrinkle-free ultra-hydrated look include refined
sugary foods (yes, even the low fat versions) and refined salty foods
(crackers, pretzels, chips).

Super Skin Sampler

Not sure where to start?
Here’s a simple plan of attack!

Wake Up
Glass of lemon water
Teaspoon of cod liver oil

Breakfast
English muffin (I like Ezekiel) , boiled egg, strawberries
or
Oatmeal with low fat milk, sliced almonds and black currants
or
Low fat yogurt with
walnuts and cinnamon

In Between
Water, water, water

Snack

Carrots and hummus

or

Handful of Almonds

Lunch

Spinach salad with salmon, sprinkled
with sunflower seeds (if cod liver oil
wasn’t on the menu!)

or

Whole grain sliced turkey sandwich with cream cheese; sliced orange

or

Black bean soup with a side of sliced carrots, green peppers

In Between

Water, water, water

Dinner

Spaghetti squash with ground turkey bolognese sauce, sprinkled with
parmesan cheese

or

Grilled chicken breast with steamed kale and sweet potatoes

or

Veggie omelet with chopped cauliflower and spinach, slice of whole grain toast.








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