Nourish Skin from the Inside Out


As you know, it doesn’t help to just moisturize on the outside if you don’t start by nourishing your body from the inside. We all know what food we take in will most likely show up on the skin the next day–depending on how good or bad the food is.

The Good


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First off, let’s start with why water is so important for your skin and this is readily available. Having dry skin can cause all sorts of discomfort including flaking, peeling, redness and itching. By keeping your body well hydrated from the inside as well as applying moisturizer to the outside, your skin will thank you for it for many days to come. The daily dose of water is 4 to 8 cups (about 1 to 2 liters) of liquid a day to keep reasonably hydrated.

Besides drinking water, what you eat is most important as well. Veer towards colorful veggies as your source to healthy skin such as citrus fruits, nectarines and green leafy vegetables are great source of Vitamin C–vital for building collagen that keeps skin plump, elastic and wrinkle-free. Other sources of vitamin C include red peppers, tomatoes, strawberries and kiwi fruit.

The Bad

However, try to limit yourself when it comes to alcohol, caffeine and smoking. Alcohol acts as a diuretic, meaning it causes your body to create more urine, sending you on more frequent trips to the bathroom. Urinating more than usual can dehydrate you by causing you to lose fluid more quickly than normal. So, if you choose to consume alcohol, be sure to drink plenty of water with it to replace any lost fluids. Good thing for me is that I don’t drink. My body lacks the enzyme to break down alcohol, so it stays in my body longer and creates what I call the “Asian Inferno”. I typically like the color red, but not when it shows up on my skin. =)

Caffeine is also another form of a diuretic in the mild form. However, if you drink more than 4 to 7 cups of a caffeinated drink per day, you will definitely see the effect on your skin. Just be aware of how much caffeine you’re taking in and what it can do to your skin. Caffeine lurks in coffee, tea, soda and energy drinks, so you may be consuming more of it than you think. For me, I typically drink it about once or twice a week and I always ask for decaf. The reason being is I don’t drink enough milk as it is and caffeine also absorbs calcium in your body.

Smoking–the biggest one to avoid. Smoking can speed up the normal aging process of your skin, contributing to wrinkles. The nicotine in cigarettes causes narrowing of the blood vessels in the outermost layers of your skin, which impairs blood flow to your skin. With less blood flow, your skin doesn’t get as much oxygen and important nutrients, such as vitamin A. Many of the more than 4,000 chemicals in tobacco smoke also damage collagen and elastin, which are fibers that give your skin its strength and elasticity. As a result, skin begins to sag and wrinkle prematurely because of smoking. Plus, the repeated exposure to the heat from burning cigarettes and the facial expressions you make when smoking — such as pursing your lips when inhaling and squinting your eyes to keep out smoke — may contribute to wrinkles.

The Result

Now that we’ve talked about how to nourish your skin from the inside. It is just as important to nourish your skin on the outside. Currently, I’ve been trying out Aveeno’s line of moisturizers and I must say, I am quite happy with the amount of moisturizer the products give to my skin. I usually apply lotion right after shower and if my skin does not feel dry after 5 mins of application, it’s a good sign the product provides enough moisturizer for your skin. Having oatmeal as an ingredient in the moisturizer is an added bonus. Oatmeal has been known to soothe dry and itchy skin as well as acne-prone. The only thing that the moisturizer is missing is the SPF, but there is another version of the lotion that is also available in drugstores.
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Well, let me know if you think these posts were helpful! I really enjoyed putting these posts together on healthy skin. If you missed the first one, feel free to read it here on 5 Ways to Healthy Skin.

Today’s my last day at work before we start our 4th of July holiday. I hope you all have a great 4th!

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AVEENO® Daily Moisturizing Lotion: Give your skin a naturally beautiful fresh start. This nourishing lotion improves the health of your skin in just 1 day! It contains ACTIVE NATURALS® Colloidal Oatmeal and is blended with rich emollients to help protect and soothe dry skin.

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