20 Tips to Glowing Skin and Teeth
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Hello & Happy Sunday!
As someone whom is a creative type and loves all facets of design, I thought orchestrating a wedding would be a piece of vegan cake! However, I was completely wrong! Perhaps putting together such an event without being in the midst of building a business, postgraduate school and caring for a puppy comes easily, but I’m struggling to balance it all. As I write this I can confidently say that I’ll be completing last minute tasks the day before the wedding, however, if there is one thing that never goes by the wayside it’s my health and self care.
Even in the throes of stress with six years of college and planning a wedding, I still manage to adhere to my normal routine that gives me my all around natural glow. While everyone has their own approach, below are the top 20 tips to achieving that healthy glow I’m always asked about.
If you’re tired of looking tired, I highly recommend these tips!
- Reduce your sugar intake: As a full-time chef, I work a lot with desserts. Some days it can be an obstacle to remove all sugar content from my day to day diet, but with all my recipes..
I like to cut the sugar almost in half and use fruit as a substitute.
Why is sugar going to get in the way of a healthy glow? It typically dries out the skin. While everyone responds differently to sugar, I find that my skin is drier and more dull. To mitigate these responses I reduce the sugar and even cut portions in half when enjoying a serving.
- Cleanse the skin nightly: Always cleanse your face at night to remove makeup or oil build up. While a simple concept, many overlook it and it can leave your skin looking tired and promote aging and breakouts.
- Toner: Use a toner with no alcohol as this ingredient dries out the skin and promotes aging.
- Exfoliate: Exfoliate once a week, but not excessively. The quickest and safest way is to make your own sugar scrub sans parabens and other harsh ingredients. Throw some brown sugar, melted coconut oil, and some essential oils in a jar and combine. Apply to the skin in circular motions for an effortless sugar scrub that smells and even tastes amazing!
- Eye balms: For general hydration skip the eye creams, not altogether, but opt for a balm. These products are concentrated, will outlive your creams and provide a greater level of hydration.
- Face cream: While I’m a huge advocate for oils to apply to the face for instant hydration, many of us miss the mark with locking in the moisture. Did you know that you need to apply a cream after you apply a facial oil? If you simply throw on the oil your skin will absorb it, but hours later still feel dry again. Use a cream to lock it in!
Healthy glow: Choose foods that have properties that give you a glow:
- Lycopene: I’m not sure what it is about lycopene, but this nutrient, which is found in tomatoes and other foods always gives my skin a radiant glow. Needless to say, tomato season is my favorite time of the year!
- Pomegranate: I’ve been drinking pomegranate juice for quite a while. I’m not sure what it is, but I find that with its antioxidant properties it aids in a clear complexion. Due to the high sugar content, I always take a small serving and add ½ water to break it up. This is my morning go to!
- Cruciferous vegetables: Vegetables such as kale are rich in fiber keeping you regular and nutrients that I find also serve to give me that organic glow. If you experience kidney or thyroid problems you may want to be vigilant of how much of these vegetables you consume, but integrating regular size portions can have positive effects on the skin. Kale is also high in non heme iron (plant iron), which for plant based individuals is important. Simply squeeze some fresh lemon on top to increase your absorption of iron.
- Cucumbers: With their high water content they always serve me to keep my skin hydrated. Half the battle with glowing skin is simply keeping it hydrated. The older we get the less we are able to do so. Always reach for high water content foods especially during the warmer months.
- Healthy Fats: Healthy fats increase the absorption of fat soluble vitamins such as A,D, E, and K. I always throw them in a salad or just about anything to add some protein/fat along with texture and flavor. Nuts are high in magnesium, which reduces your blood pressure making you perhaps less stressed. Having the ability to also give your skin a glow and allow you to destress is a win-win for everyone!
- Carrots: While we all know carrots are good for improving eyesight, carotenoids in carrots are also good for the skin. Make chips, use them in dips, just make sure to eat your carrots!
- Green Juice: I’ll never forget hearing that the juice industry was just a movement and that it will pass. Drinking cold pressed juice is not a fad or a movement, it’s a wonderful way to gain an abundance of nutrients in a single glass. I find that it’s the perf choice for a quick boost of nutrients when I’m crammed for time. It makes my skin glow! Something to note is that once you consume enough of each nutrient in a juice and reach what is called the “absorption threshold” your body stops absorbing and just passes it. In essence, you may not need a huge jug of green juice, but a little goes a long way! Juice is also lacking the fiber in the pulp of the fruit as well as some nutrients that are only in the peeling, so mixing up your routine is ideal.
Dental Health: While what we consume has lasting effects on our skin and overall health, dental health is something we should also factor in on a daily basis. To prevent dental caries and promote a brighter smile, these are some foods that organically have the ability to promote healthy teeth.
1: Choose certain foods
- Drink water in the morning, night and after the consumption of these foods.
- Beets dye the teeth
- Kale (phytic acid in kale builds up on teeth and can remove minerals which are important for teeth)
- Tea, high in phytic acid
- Lemon isn’t good for your enamel
- Dark berries dye the teeth
- Pomegranate juice or wine dyes the teeth (and coffee!)
As a red wine enthusiast due to its antioxidant properties “polyphenols”, wine can have dehydrating effects on the skin and also discolor your teeth even with regular brushing.
Surprisingly, many bright colored foods can also have negative effects on the color of your teeth such as red colored fruits or vegetables. Many of us fail to realize that foods have the capacity to discolor teeth outside of the typical glass of wine.
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