Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Snacking Your Way to Clear Skin!

My skin has been going a little crazy lately. I've been getting really tiny bumps popping up sporadically on my face. I don't think that its anything that I'm using because I rarely change my regimen. It could be the change in the weather or the fact that I've been slacking on my water intake. Who knows, but it has to stop. So I did a little research on things that I can eat to help with the current condition of my skin.

For those who don't know, I posted about my skin woes a while back. Its been about a year since I've come off of Accutane (acne treatment), I'm contemplating if I should go back and ask for another three month dosage but I know my dermatologist will laugh in my face. If I'm still having trouble after the new year I'm definitely going back. Accutane has done wonders for my skin and I'm a little obsessed now (lol but true). I know one things for sure, I love having clear skin and I do not want to go back to dealing with acne.

Read on for healthy snacks that will have you on the path to clear skin:

Berries [Strawberries, Blackberries, Cranberries]: Berries are chock full of antioxidants! Antioxidants helps to protect your skin from harmful free radicals, gives your complexion a radiant glow, and fights the molecules that damage skin cells which leads to premature signs of aging . Berries also help the body produce collagen which keeps skin, soft, youthful and supple.

Nuts [Walnuts, Brazil Nuts]: Walnuts & Brazil nuts are high in Fatty Acids, so they help lend a supple, smooth appearance to your skin. Brazil Nuts are high in Selenium which helps fight free radicals and also improves the elasticity of the skin.

Oily Fish [Prawns, Tuna, Salmon, Sardines]: The Fatty Acids present helps to prevent dryness, clogged pores, and improves skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis due to healthier cell membranes. Fatty acids regulate the health of the cell by keeping toxins out, and allowing nutrients in. Healthier cell membranes means that your cells are able to retain more moisture, and more moisture means younger looking skin.

Citrus Fruits [Oranges, Lemons, Grapefruits]: Citrus fruits contains high levels of Vitamin C [otherwise known as Ascorbic Acid] that is instrumental in keeping your skin health and youthful. Vitamin C [often found in most anti aging serums and treatments] is a water soluble vitamin which means it cannot be stored by the body. This is why it's important to consume at least a few servings of Vitamin C daily. The Vitamin C found in Citrus fruits acts a powerful antioxidant that aggressively fights free radicals while keeping your skin smooth and firm.

Dark Green Vegetables [Spinach, Kale, Broccoli, Watercress]: Like many of the foods mentioned before this food group, dark green veggies are high in antioxidants. The Vitamin A present in green veggies also helps regulate the production of sebum, which is good news to those with oily, acne prone skin. Vitamin A strengthens the cell membrane and also regulates the release of toxins from the cells.



  1. WOW!!! I've been having skin woes too, tiny bumps appearing here and there since the weather started switching over. I had to change my moisturizer too from a light one to a medium one...walking around with ashy spots is NOT a pretty thing!! I'll definitely add citrus fruits and berries to my regimen. I'll get back to eating more spinach (love it) and more salmon!! Great info Tamara!! :)


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