Nine Foods that Can Help Clear Your Skin

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Some people were born with a beautiful complexion, but unfortunately, not everyone has been blessed with perfect skin. There are some things you can do to clear your skin on the outside, such as using the all-natural family skincare line from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, but there are some foods that you can enjoy that will help clear your skin from the inside as well.

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Pimples aren’t just for teenagers. Women of all ages can suffer from acne due to hormone fluctuations and stress. Of course, SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE has an amazing line of skin care products that can help with breakouts, but there are also foods that are known for their natural properties that can help with pimples.

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Believe it or not, Nettles, when taken by capsule or in tea can calm your skin helping improve acne and eczema. This detoxifying plant contains antioxidants that help protect your body from over producing free radicals, which can cause damage.

Dark berries are loaded with antioxidants that can help clear your skin, but they are also packed with essential fiber than can help regulate your insulin production and keep hunger at bay.

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There is nothing better than a hot cup of peppermint tea. Not only does it help relieve stress, but it can also help with digestion. Stress can aggravate acne so swap that cup of Joe with a soothing pot of peppermint tea.

 

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Recent studies have shown that selenium and zinc deficiency can cause acne flare-ups. Eat Brazil nuts and pumpkin seeds that can increase your selenium levels and help fight infection. Nuts and seeds contain vitamin E, magnesium, copper, calcium, and potassium.

 

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The humble red tomato contains lots of vitamin C, which can help keep your skin taut and firm as it aids in collagen production. Because tomatoes also contain lycopene, tomatoes can also help stimulate your skins circulation.

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Those watercress sandwiches that your grandmother used to make actually nourished her skin helping flush out dangerous toxins and fluids. Try adding some watercress to your next salad and you will be feeding your skin with potassium, carotene, and manganese.

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Fennel is a licorice-flavored root vegetable that can help with swelling and digestion. This tasty veggie can also help to flush out toxins and excess fluids. Fennel whether taken in tea or in its natural form can help your hair and your skin.

Red grapes contain antioxidants and natural chemicals that can help treat eczema and psoriasis. Red Grapes are a natural antihistamine and can help with allergic reactions.

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Beets may stain your fingers, but the purple roots contain an abundance of skin clearing properties including vitamin A, sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium, and vitamin E. Combine these nutrients together and you will be enjoying an all around body cleanser that will help eliminate toxins and excess fluids. Beets have also been known to lower cholesterol.

Nourish Your Body on the Inside and the Outside

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You really are what you eat and according to SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, what you feed your body is just as important as what you feed your skin.

Nourishing from the inside is imperative as your cells shed constantly in order to generate new cells and that means it is essential to provide your body with healthy nutrients to support growth. By eating a balanced diet you will feed your skin keeping it younger looking, supple and soft.

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Fruits and veggies are loaded with antioxidants that will help protect your skin against free radicals such as pollution, smoke and other toxic substances that you and your skin breathe in every day. Try to eat five portions of colorful fruit and veggies that contain beta-carotene found in carrots and sweet potatoes and plenty of spinach and kale that contain lutein, which is a powerful antioxidant.

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SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE knows the importance of Vitamin C. This supper antioxidant can help boost your immune system giving you glowing skin. Vitamin C can also help heal blemishes. Your best sources for Vitamin C include Kiwi fruit, broccoli, oranges, sweet potatoes, blueberries, strawberries, grapefruit, and papaya.

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Crash diets are one of the worst things that you can do to your body and your skin. Yo Yo dieting will take its toll on your skin causing stretch marks, wrinkles and sagging. When you lose and gain weight on a regular basis your skin will suffer for it, as crash diets are low on vitamins as well.

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Don’t be afraid to include healthy fats in your diet. Not only do nuts, fish, avocados, and seeds provide your body with essential fatty acids, polyunsaturated and monosaturated fats act as a moisturizer for your skin helping to keep it soft, supple, and healthy. All of these fats contain Vitamin E as well which helps protect your skin against dangerous free radicals.

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When it comes to healthy skin, treat it right on the inside with plenty of nourishment and feed it on the outside with the all-natural family skin care line from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE.

Water is an Essential Part of a Healthy Skin Care Routine

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If you have been following our blog, you will know that we are going to spend the first month of spring talking about feeding your skin on the inside.

Water is imperative if you want your skin to have a smooth, healthy glow. Using all natural skincare products from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE is a good way to start, but if you are not nourishing your skin properly, you could be dehydrating your skin.

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Your body needs water as it provides essential nutrients to your skin. Every day you lose large amounts of water through breathing, exercise, elimination, aging, high altitude and skin evaporation. If your water intake isn’t keeping up with your output, dehydration will set in.

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When you drink water, it helps to balance the fluids in your body. Sixty percent of your body is composed of water. Absorption, digestion, nutrient transport, circulation and body temperature all need water in order to function properly. If your body is not getting enough fluids your brain triggers its thirst mechanism giving you clues that you are on the verge of dehydration.

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Drinking water can also help you lose weight as it makes you feel full. Although it is not a magic bullet, water will help your daily calorie intake. Try to consumer water laden vegetables and fruit, beans and soups that are broth-based.

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When you exercise, your body needs water to replace fluids that are lost when you sweat. It is vital that you maintain a balance of electrolytes and fluids in order to help with muscle fatigue.

Water provides a protective barrier for your skin helping to prevent fluid loss, but without a healthy skin care routine, hydrating with water will not make those fine lines and wrinkles disappear. The all-natural skin care line from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE will help your skin lock in the moisture.

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Water helps your kidneys transport waste, cleansing your body of dangerous toxins as long as you provide it with enough water. When you drink water, your kidneys do not have to work as hard.

Water is an essential part of a healthy skin care routine and can improve the look and feel of your skin. Drink up and include the all-natural family skin care line from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE and you will be well on your way to younger looking skin.

Alcohol Can Damage your Skin

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SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE understands how important a good skin care regimen is, but feeding your skin from the inside is just as important is feeding it on the outside.

Over the next few weeks, we will be sharing some beauty secrets that will help keep your skin looking young, healthy, smooth, and supple. Of course, that means the SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE all natural family skincare line on the outside, but we want to concentrate on feeding your skin from the inside as well.

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Everyone likes a cocktail now and again, but what does it really do to your skin? Is a shot of tequila worse than a beer or vise versa?

According to Dr. David Colber, founder of the NY Dermatology Group, alcohol is a hepatotoxin. Alcohol also contains congeners. These substances are produced during fermentation. Those same congeners cause hangovers.

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Alcohol also dehydrates your skin. This means when you wake up in the morning your skin will not be as fresh or as plump as it normally is.

Alcohol isn’t the only thing that can affect your skin. The mixers that you add to clear shots of tequila, gin, and vodka can be loaded with salt or sugar. The best alcohol to consume would be clear shots like gin, rum, or vodka, but it is important to remember that people tend to drink more when they are imbibing with shots.

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Next on the list would be dark shots of tequila, rum, or whiskey as there are fewer additives, however, the difference between dark and light alcohol is the extra fermentation that goes into dark alcohol. The more congeners in your drink, the faster your skin will age.

Sweet mixed drinks can lead to systemic inflammation. That along with the extra carbs in drinks like Mojitos and Pina Coloda’s can cause cell damage, which will age your skin. The less sugar you consume in your alcoholic drinks the better. Avoid drinks mixed with energy drinks, soda, or orange juice. Remember, sugar can also cause acne as it spikes your levels of insulin. Sugar hangovers mixed with a regular hangover will result in bloodshot eyes and sallow looking skin.

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Beer and wine can also affect your skin. Beer contains salt, which could give you thirsty skin and swollen eyes. It’s your body’s way of telling you that you need to drink water to rid your body of the salt.

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Red wine has benefits, and can actually counteract the aging process as it supports the health of your skin. White wine on the other hand contains both salt and sugar leading to bloating and swollen skin. Unfortunately, white wine does not have the same health benefits that red wine does.