Health and Fitness

Healthy Living by Jacqueline Banks – Keeping your skin flawless

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With the temperature rising and humidity increasing you might be sweating a little more than usual and seeing a few extra blemishes. Even though heat, sweat and dirt can contribute to breakouts, nutrition plays a bigger role than you might think. Here’s a few things to watch out for if your goal is flawless skin!

Say good-bye to sugar! Refined sugar contains absolutely no nutrients, they’re all stripped away in the refining process and your body has to use its own nutrients to digest it, nutrients that when lost will make you break out. If you need something sweet try using a natural sweetener such as honey or stevia. mum and daughterA trick I’ve learned to reduce sugar cravings is to drink a glass of water with a spoonful of glutamine every night before bed on an empty stomach, you’re cravings should diminish in a few days.

Stay away from hydrogenated oils such as margarine, they interfere with the prostaglandin hormone which can help skin stay healthy and pimple free.

A fabulous skin cleaner you might not have thought of is calamine lotion, its rich in zinc which will help reduce blemishes so dab some on before bed every night to wake up to clearer skin.

Add Vitamin C to your diet, it’s one of the best nutrients for your skin. Double up by taking 500-3,000 mg a day as a supplement and apply it topically to help stop wrinkles in their tracks and slow aging.
Tweak your lifestyle just a little bit and you’ll star seeing the benefits within 10 days. Having naturally beautiful, flawless skin beats layering on cream and makeup to create the illusion of clear skin.

This article was contributed
by Jacqueline M. Banks.

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