Great skin tips start with addressing your lifestyle. The single biggest impact on your outer self comes from what you’re providing your inner self. I’m talking about nutrition. Before you scroll away, this is a positive conversation. There’s no guilt or negativity here!
Eating clean doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some much-needed chocolate or an over-the-top cheat day now and again. If you never treat yourself, you (at least the majority of people) begin to resent your attempts to lead a healthy lifestyle. I’ve had people tell me (in regards to diets, exercise, or quitting smoking) that they feel as though they’re being punished.
That’s not the right vibe for success at all.
Experts agree that 95% of “diets” fail. That’s because most of them leave you feeling deprived, hungry, guilty, or generally demotivated.
You need to kick the “D” word out of your vocabulary for good. One small, consistent step at a time is going to give you incremental results that last instead of instant gratification that fades as quickly as it arrives.
Let’s Talk Food Tips for Great Skin
Being healthy isn’t about denying you happiness. It’s about loving yourself enough to make hard choices sometimes and also remembering that short-term happiness is good but long-term happiness changes absolutely everything.
When it comes to eating tips for great skin, a good rule of thumb is to make sure 80% of your diet consists of foods that will give your body the best fuel. Food that feeds your skin the best of the best. No one is perfect and we fall off the wagon now and again.Taking care of your skin shouldn’t feel like a punishment. It should feel like a reward.Click To Tweet
I’ll admit…sometimes I jump off the wagon! I used to beat myself up for every little slip until one day I realized that I do the right thing most of the time. Those little slip-ups are not me being a horrible person, they’re about me.
For some, this means finding “substitutions” or “food swaps” that can make giving up certain foods a little bit easier (and some days, I need all the help I can get!) to accomplish. Here are a few of my favorites.
1. Forget about pre-packaged “healthy” snacks. The granola bars, trail mix, and “baked” potato chips are lying to you. They may have a few healthy ingredients but any possible benefit is drowned beneath chemical additives and sugar. Instead, choose plain almonds or walnuts (no flavors or salt). You can even get creative and mix several of your organic favorites to make your own (truly) healthy trail mix. My favorite blend is roasted (unsalted) almonds, dried pineapple (no sugar added), shredded (unsweetened) coconut, and a handful of unsweetened dark chocolate morsels. Energy for days without the guilt (and garbage).
2. Stop using greasy mayonnaise. The number of ingredients is daunting but the unhealthy fat and oil content is worse. Instead of using store-bought mayonnaise, consider making your own or using mashed avocado in place of this fatty condiment.
I have an excellent Greek Garlic Dip (Skordalia) recipe that makes an amazing mayo substitute.
3. No more margarine. Yes, margarine is easier to spread and quicker to melt. It is the very convenience of this junk food that made is so popular. Have you ever wondered why it’s so cheap? The primary ingredient is hydrogenated vegetable oil. It is horrible for you.
During the “low-fat” craze, we were told margarine was healthier but declining heart health, increased diabetes rates, and rampant obesity have proven that low-fat isn’t the answer if you’re still choosing unhealthy fats. Choose a pure, natural option such as butter or ghee.
4. Skip the sports drinks and energy drinks. Choose infused water instead. Almost no calories, no junk ingredients, and infused water refreshes your cells as well (or better) than high priced, high sugar pre-bottled beverages. Not to mention the savings!
Hydration is the key to healthy, glowing skin but experts estimate that more than 70% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. You need water. A simple measure to remember is half an ounce of water for each pound of bodyweight every day. If you work outside, exercise regularly, or live in a hot climate, consider one ounce of water per pound per day.
5. Ditch the garbage oils. No more hydrogenated oils when you’re cooking. Though coconut, olive, and avocado oils may be a bit more expensive, they go further in recipes, have a higher cook point than vegetable oils, and feed your body on the cellular level.
Pure, cold-pressed, extra virgin oils are going to give you a whole new appreciation for how food is supposed to taste. If you haven’t tried avocado oil on salads, you’re going to love it!
6. Just say no to soda and bottled teas. The refined sugar content of one can or bottle of these drink choices is more than you should have in a full day. Studies have shown that most Americans get the bulk of their sugar consumption through beverages. Try weaning yourself off these addictive drinks by making fresh green tea and taking it with you in reusable containers.
Bring a medium pot of filtered water to a boil, add six green tea bags and one herbal tea bag of your choice (I love peppermint). Allow to boil for one minute, remove from heat. Steep for five minutes. In a one-gallon pitcher, add ½ cup of raw sugar or comparable organic sweetener. Add the boiling water and stir well. Fill remainder of the pitcher with cold filtered water. Over time, you can gradually reduce the sugar. It will take time to break the sugar habit but I now love unsweetened green tea with a delicate hint of peppermint. The benefits of green tea and a delicious alternative to pricey bottled drinks.
Great Skin Tips for the Entire Body
- Protect yourself from excess sun.
- Use natural sunscreen if you’ll be in the sun for more than an hour.
- Always remove your makeup at night.
- Gently clean and moisturize skin daily (choose your products carefully).
- Exfoliate once a week (all your skin).
- Wash your makeup sponges, brushes, and applicators once per week.
- Get quality sleep each and every night.
- Move your body every day – even if you only have time to do some deep stretches.
- Do what you can to minimize stress.
- Quit smoking.
Having healthy skin is part of living a clean lifestyle. Love yourself, treat yourself occasionally, and try not to overthink it. When you adapt to specific food swaps and daily routines that work for you, it will become second nature.
Taking care of your skin (and the rest of you) shouldn’t feel like a punishment. It should feel like a reward.