“You are what you eat.”
We’ve heard it time and time again and in relation to your skin, this couldn’t be truer.
When it comes to skin, our mantra has always been: skin first, makeup second. That means taking the initiative to get in touch with what we’re putting into our bodies.
Here are a few tips to provide your body with the nutrients it needs to get glowing.
By now, we’re almost positive you’ve already been advised by many to jump on the lemon water bandwagon and we’re no exception.
Drinking hot lemon water (with a scoop or stick pack of withinUs TruMarine Collagen!) first thing in the morning provides your immune system with an extra boost, aids digestion, is anti-inflammatory, and helps your body detox.
Even though withinUs TruMarine Collagen has exceptionally high bioavailability, ingesting it with vitamin C increases absorption into the bloodstream that much more. Better absorption means it will promote collagen production within your body, leaving skin hydrated, healthier joint matrices, thicker hair and strong nails.
Not what you expected, but here's the caveat: there's a distinction between good and bad fats.
Stay away from trans fats and saturated fats — which can cause inflammation and are linked to stroke, heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic conditions. Generally it will be listed as "partially hydrogenated oil".
Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, you have a green light on.
Monounsaturated fats have a single carbon-to-carbon double bond, which are two fewer hydrogen atoms than a saturated fat and a bend at the double bond. In addition to the leafy greens you've hopefully been incorporating in your diet, start loading up on olive oil, avocado, raw nuts, and your omega-3 fatty acids (i.e. salmon, trout, tuna).
As much as we hate to say it, there's no way of getting around the benefits of working out.
Getting our hearts pumping a little faster encourages blood flow to the skin, and increases oxytocin, dopamine, and serotonin — the feel-good chemicals the brain releases when working out that’ll boost your mood and confidence. Sweating is also an effective way to purge the skin of toxins that often plague the dermis with blemishes.
Now that it's getting warmer out, opt for sweating outside. After all, there is only so much treadmill running one can do and nothing beats running outdoors in the cool, fresh spring air. Now that it stays light later those long outdoor runs outside are much more inviting and exciting.
Not into running? Check-in with your local yoga studio – many hold weekly outdoor classes during the spring and summer months. Or grab the dog and take a hike (literally).
If you struggle with acne, you may want to consider ditching dairy altogether. Before the body can break lactose down, the body needs to produce an enzyme called lactase in order to turn it into glucose. While there are some who are not able to produce lactase, there are many who can that are still affected by the casein and whey — two proteins in lactose that can be inflammatory in the body.
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