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The Secret of Skin Nourishment

My mother is by far one of the most beautiful, healthy, and intelligent woman I have ever met, she looks amazing, she’s funny and witty, with a sharp mind. I know, some of you may think “Of course you think that, she’s your mother …. ” , but that’s not the case.  Yes, I love her dearly, looking at her from a stranger perspective she has beautiful skin, a head of healthy and full hair, and a stunning shapely body.

What I’ve learned through the years is “Our body is an amazing machine, and it is our duty to keep it healthy”.

Still with me here? …. Good! What is the secret to amazing, supple, and radiant skin? Good nutrients of course! Small changes to our diet make a world of difference, and it’s never too late to start 🙂

Good nutrients are proteins, vitamins, essential fatty acids, and minerals. My mom loves raw almonds, they are high in mono-unsaturated fats, vitamin E and one of the best sources of vegetable protein; eating a handful of raw almonds every few hours will help stabilize blood sugars and boost your energy.

Making your own trail mix is fun and a healthy snack

  • 1 cup  raw almonds
  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup raisins (I prefer golden raisins)
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries and pomegranate seed (or cranberries)

You can find all of  the ingredients at your local health food store, we prefer Whole Foods.

Refined sugars have negative effects to our health, they inhibit white blood cells efficiency, (which help fight bacteria and infections), avoiding these sugars from our daily diet are imperative to our overall well-being, e.g., will help boost your natural energy, decrease blood fats, including the slowing down of the skin aging process.

I would like to thank my mom for sharing this valuable secret to a more beautiful and radiant skin, which now I’m sharing with you!  🙂

Thank you for reading, and feel free to comment! Please don’t forget to …..  “Pass the Blog“!

© Anna L. and A Blissful Skin, 2011. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Anna L. and A Blissful Skin with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Want radiant, beautiful skin? It may be easier to achieve by following a few simple steps.

The following skin care guide will help you obtain that healthy glow.

Facials – An exquisite facial includes most of the treatments mentioned below, often with a lovely facial massage techniques. hat a great beginning to any new skin care regiment with Professional help guiding you through product selection, great advice, and beneficial services.

Steam Treatments – A steam treatment not only hydrates the skin, but it opens pores and detoxifies. Most of the times during a professional facial, the Specialist will steam you while cleansing and toning you. However, you could boil some distilled water at home, add various herbs or oils ( this is called aromatherapy), draping a towel over your head as you sit above the steaming water. You may steam in the shower as well, you may use it as a cold remedy by adding a few drops of eucalyptus oil.

Cleansing – You should wash your face morning and night with a gentle cleanser, depending on your skin type. Water alone cannot remove impurities, which clog pores. Many experts recommend using a “soap-free cleanser” in order to maintain the skin’s natural balance. When drying your face, blot gently.

Toning – Astringents and toners are used after cleansing the face; they remove dirt, make-up and even cleanser residue caught in the pores. A toner balances the pH levels of the skin. Many professionals suggest using alcohol-free toners to promote skin hydration. Rosewater is a great natural toner.

Exfoliate -Exfoliating products are designed to remove dead cells, promoting new skin cell growth. Facial exfoliation can be done with scrubs, masks, peels, and enzymes. You should not exfoliate every day but once to three times a week at most. Always consult with your Skincare Specialist in order to achieve optimal results. Microdermabrasion is a machine used to remove dead cells, it uses special crystals in order to do so, this service is a bit more invasive than exfoliation products, but very effective.

Masks – There are different facial masks for different skin types and problems. Some claim to moisturize dry skin, other claim to erase wrinkles, while still others claim to eliminate blemishes. While these products may work, facial masks are described by many experts as the most optional step in a skin care regime. Regardless of how beneficial they are, applying a facial mask can be refreshing, giving you a moment to pamper yourself physically and mentally.

Moisturize – Healthy skin is hydrated skin. Apply a good moisturizer day and nigh; when the skin is too dry the body compensates by secreting more oils which could make your skin greasy and prone to blemish. Night moisturizer should be thicker than your daily cream. But don’t rely on moisturizer alone; dry skin is a good indication that your body is dehydrated and needs more water.

Protect from the Sun – The media often portrays healthy individuals as being tan. Unfortunately too much sun exposure can be damaging and dangerous. The Melanoma Center says melanoma, the most dangerous of skin cancers, is “the second most common cancer in women between the ages of 20 and 35, and the leading cause of cancer death in women ages 25 to 30 (“Melanoma Statistics”). The sun contains Vitamin D, and what a better way to attain this other than soaking it in for 5 minutes a day? It is uplifting and invigorating. But too much exposure also causes sun spots and reduces the skin’s elasticity, advancing the effects of age. To protect yourself be sure your sunscreen blocks UVA and UVB rays and has an SPF of 15 or greater. Apply 30 minutes before going outside and reapply if you are in the sun for more than two hours at a time.

A Healthy Lifestyle– Healthy skin care starts with a healthy lifestyle. Everything from the food we eat, water we drink and the amount of sleep we get, influences the way our skin looks. Stress reduction is also important.

Water– The importance of water can’t be emphasized enough. If the body becomes dehydrated the skin is one of the first organs to suffer. Dehydration causes loss of elasticity, which causes premature aging and wrinkles. Drinking water cleanses the body, washing away nasty toxins that may manifest in your complexion. Drink at least eight glasses of water a day to promote beautiful and supple skin.

Vitamins – Vitamins A, C, E, and beta carotene are antioxidants that repair damaged skin and strengthen blood vessels. Vitamins work best from the inside out and in their finest form are fruits and vegetables. (Vitamin A: apricots, asparagus, broccoli, butternut squash, carrots, spinach, tomatoes, etc. Vitamin C: cabbage, cantaloupe, cauliflower, grapefruit, orange, raspberries, strawberries. Vitamin E: green beans, chick peas, sweet corn, sweet potato, avocado. Beta Carotene: carrots, squash, yams, peaches, apricots, spinach). If you feel your diet lacks vitamins taking a daily supplement is imperative, consult with a physician before making changes to your diet.

Omega-Three’s – Foods rich in omega-three fatty acids (fish, nuts, and leafy greens) nourish the skin. Incorporating omega-three fatty acids aides this process, enabling a healthy radiant skin. Deficiency of the omega-three’s has also been linked to premature aging. The benefits of omega-three’s can prevent serious illnesses including heart disease, diabetes, and possibly breast cancer. Omega-three dietary supplements are available if you are unable to get enough through your daily diet, however check with your doctor first.

SleepCatching some Zzzzzz’s…. getting at least 8 hours of sleep is difficult. Everyone needs beauty sleep, the body and skin heals and regenerates itself at nigh. With healthy sleep habits, the skin has time to rejuvenate, prevent dark circles under the eyes, which is a typical result from sleep deprivation.

Exercise – Cardiovascular circulation is necessary for glowing skin, not only for the body but for the face and neck as well. An excellent source in promoting good circulation is with regular exercise, and of course a healthy lifestyle.

© Anna L. and A Blissful Skin, 2010. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Anna L. and A Blissful Skin with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.