Nine Tips for Healthy, Glowing Skin
We hear you’re looking forward to a future filled with more short sleeves, maxi dresses, and swimsuits! You know that food choices are KEY to a successful weight loss journey and overall health. After all, healthy foods help us lose weight and help us to just feel downright good! But did you know that your positive daily choices are also helping to feed and nourish your skin? It’s no secret that weight loss and skin health go hand-in-hand! So while you’re working on a strong, fit body through your food choices and daily activities, here are some great tips to ensure the “new you” has a healthy, youthful glow, too!
DRINK MORE WATER! If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times…hydrate your way to healthy! There’s a reason you hear this line so often - it’s because IT’S TRUE! Drinking enough water helps keep your skin happy, hydrated, and healthy!
Sulfur for Youthful Skin
Sulfur is vital for the production of all sorts of very important proteins and is a vital element in strengthening the cross-linkages that promote taut, youthful, fluid-retaining skin. Additionally, sulfur improves the production of keratin for stronger hair and nails. MRC offers an easily absorbed source of sulfur, and it’s available in the compound MSM (Methyl-Sulfonyl-Methane). Ask your Weight Loss Specialist for more details at your next Center visit. Note: regular users reported improved skin tone and increased hair and nail growth - which may be attributed to an improved production of both collagen and keratin.
Did you know that using scrubs (such as sea salt) may help increase the flow of blood in your body? In addition to making your skin feel soft, smooth, and younger all over, scrubs can also help promote healthier skin elasticity! It’s worth a shot, right? We recommend using a good sea salt or sugar based scrub!
Pump it Up
Adding a few simple weight training movements into your workout can really help your body build lean muscle under your skin. This will help you look tighter and more toned. Even just as little as two to three times per week can have a positive impact!
Healthy Fats = Healthy Skin
Good, healthy fats like you find in olive oil, avocado, Omega-3 fatty acids, and grass-fed butter are as nourishing for the skin as they are for the body. Healthy fats provide your body with Vitamin E - a powerful antioxidant. Vitamin E also helps to prevent damage to skin’s cells and slow the aging process. Monounsaturated fats, found in foods like avocado, help to moisturize and hydrate the skin. That’s right! For skin as smooth as butter, have some butter!
Enjoying lean protein as a part of your daily diet can help to tighten the skin and may help improve lean muscle mass. Not to mention the fact that doing so will also help you to maintain your goal weight. It’s a win-win! Plus, lean protein also contains collagen and other nutrients that your skin needs to best maintain its elasticity.
Strive for Five
Be sure to eat at least five servings of fresh fruits and veggies each day! These power foods provide skin with the nutrients it needs to rebound! Having trouble getting all five in? The MRC Super Fruit and Veggi Drink mix is here for the rescue! This powerful mix combines more than a dozen fruits and vegetables (and their micronutrients) to help maintain overall good health. It is packed with antioxidants and may help improve immunity. It is also said to aid in repair, recovery, and rejuvenation of the body's many biological systems.
Ban the Tan
It sort of goes without saying, but excessive tanning is really horrible for your skin! Whether indoors or out, all those excess UV rays can really do some damage! Try to avoid the tanning bed and always wear sunblock when you are outside!
Rinse and Repeat
In order to beat the summer heat, many people enjoy a dip in the pool. However, it’s important to remember that chlorine is really harsh and can dry out skin. If you’re in the pool a lot (for fitness or just for fun) be sure to rinse off with a good cleanser as soon as you’re done swimming! Pro Tip: be sure to rinse with warm water. Water that’s TOO hot can strip the skin of its natural oils.
Remember that all of these tips may not work for everyone (few things rarely do, right?). But they are great recommendations that can help get you started in the right direction towards the healthiest, most hydrated, and most moisturized skin! As always, we recommend you consult with your primary care physician to find the approach that’s the best fit for you and your needs.
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