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LET IT GLOW! BY: CAY STOUT, Licensed Esthetician

Friday, July 14, 2017

Healthy tips for glowing skin all summer long! Sunny days and breezy nights -‘tis the season to show off a little skin. You’ll glow from head to toe all summer long with these three quick tips from The American Academy of Dermatology.

HYDRATE

Water is essential to maintaining optimum skin moisture and delivers essential nutrients to our skin cells. It replenishes our skin tissue and increases its elasticity helping delay the appearance of signs of aging like wrinkles and fine lines. Hydration also increases our metabolic rate and helps our digestive system to flush toxins from our bodies. This in turn gives us healthy and glowing skin! For supple and dewy skin, drinking enough water is more important than applying topical creams. In addition, adequate hydration helps combat skin disorders like psoriasis, wrinkles and eczema. A simple way to increase your water intake - keep a refillable bottle with you – when you’re out and about or just around the house!

REDUCE OR ELIMINATE SUGAR

Eliminating sugar (all forms) protects the elastin and collagen to keep our skin plump and smooth. Research has shown that a diet high in sugar can damage these molecules, leading to wrinkles and sagging skin. Researchers in the Netherlands and England evaluated the facial photos of 602 volunteers. After accounting for “actual age, smoking, weight, body-mass index, sun damage, and insulin function, people with the highest blood sugar appeared older than those with the lowest levels.” Other studies have also shown that higher blood sugar levels can destroy the skin’s collagen an elastin. No bueno! To combat those sugar cravings that can creep up on us all, sip on something yummy like one of Jenna's glowing green smoothies!

INCREASE YOUR INTAKE OF ANTIOXIDANTS

Antioxidants are beneficial compounds found in fresh fruits, vegetables, teas, nuts, grains and some poultry and fish and are known to protect our body’s cells from being damaged by free radicals. They are not just good for our general health but are also beneficial for our skin. When we consume foods rich in antioxidants, our bodies absorb the vitamins, which play an essential role in caring for our skin and body. Antioxidants affect our skin from the inside and can provide great protection against the damaging rays of the sun. Vitamins C and E encourage also cell growth. Since our skin is constantly shedding and regenerating, antioxidants will help renew the cells and maintain our ‘glow’. By improving the health of our skin and renewing its appearance, antioxidants help keep it firm and toned. A particular type of antioxidant that is found in green tea is known to increase our metabolism and circulation to our skin cells. This property provides for an anti-inflammation effect. It helps fight acne and even out our skin tone together with preserving our skin’s texture. It’s easy in the summer to get what our skin is craving! Head to your local farmers market, toss a fresh salad, or take in a Glowing Green Smoothie!