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Skin Foods: Beautiful, Flawless Skin Through Healthy Eating (Part 1: Moisturizing)

Updated on March 24, 2012
We can't all afford weekly facials, can we?
We can't all afford weekly facials, can we? | Source

I've always been a proponent of making the foods we eat work for us. Since we constantly repair and build the cells of our bodies from the food we eat, it just seems efficient to make sure that whatever we put in our bodies will result in the body we wish to have through healthy eating. This series of articles will give you the healthy foods you need to eat to help your skin be the best it can be.

This article will list skin foods that are excellent sources of the essential nutrients you need to eat to ensure that your beautiful skin stays moisturized from the inside out. To help combat dry skin, you need to have enough Omega 3 and Biotin in your diet. Continue reading for more information about Omega 3, Biotin and the foods you can get them from.

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You can count on me to always use pictures of sushi to make the thought of eating fish more appealing to people | Source

OMEGA 3

You may have heard of the wonders Omega 3 can do for heart health, but if you think you’re still a bit too young to monitor your Omega 3 intake, listen up: Omega 3 helps make your skin glow. (It's a mood enchancer too!)

Omega-3 helps maintain skin moisture and skin elasticity—both of which help aid in preventing wrinkles and maintaining beautiful skin. As well, Omega 3 helps in skin repair to make sure that your skin is always fresh and glowing.

Unfortunately, Omega 3 is an Essential Fatty Acid that our bodies cannot produce so we need to make make sure that our diet foods rich in Omega-3 to harness its health and beauty benefits. Good sources of Omega 3 include:

  • Salmon
  • Broccoli
  • Flaxseed
  • Basil
  • Sardines
  • Walnuts
  • Herring
  • Oyster
  • Tuna
  • Capers

And now when you bite into your BLT, you can tell yourself, "I'm doing this for my skin."
And now when you bite into your BLT, you can tell yourself, "I'm doing this for my skin." | Source

BIOTIN

Biotin is a B-Complex Vitamin (called either Vitamin H or Vitamin B7) essential to keeping skin moisture. Biotin does this by ensuring that the fat components of cells-- which help skin cells retain moisture-- are made properly.

Conditions like Cradle Cap (Seborrheic Dermatitis), characterized by dry, flaky skin, arise when there is a shortage of biotin in the body.

Fortunately, it is rare for people to have a biotin deficiency. Still, if you want to make sure that you get your dose of biotin-- and have beautiful skin-- make sure to eat these following skin foods:

  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Berries like strawberries and raspberries
  • Avocados
  • Tomatoes
  • Onions
  • Carrots
  • Cucumber
  • Almonds
  • Romaine Lettuce


It's so easy that these kids could probably make it, and it's so cheap they could probably make it on THEIR budget, too!
It's so easy that these kids could probably make it, and it's so cheap they could probably make it on THEIR budget, too! | Source

MAKE YOUR OWN BIOTIN AND OMEGA 3 POWERED FACIAL MASK

Of course, I guess it doesn't hurt to get some outside help while these skin foods work from the inside, especially for those last minute emergencies. (Doesn't skin just have a terrible tendency to look its worst at the worst possible time?)

Here's a good recipe for a facial mask that uses the power of Biotin and Omega 3 for spa-quality beautiful skin glow on the cheap.

You will need to mix:

  • 1 avocado
  • 1 tsp flaxseed oil
  • 1 tsp honey

Apply and wait 20 minute before rinsing.

Aside from the benefits of Biotin in avocados and Omega 3 in flaxseed, you'll also get gentle exfoliation from the Alpha Hydroxy Acids found in Honey to make sure that you get rid of all the old, dry skin to get beautiful glowing skin in no time. You might as well slap some cucumber on your eye too!


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      Donna Cosmato 5 years ago from USA

      Good advice as it is always preferably to get the essential nutrients from foods rather than supplements. As the father of medicine, Hippocrates, advised we should "let food be thy medicine." Voted up and looking forward to the next part of the series.

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