Healthy Skin Tips for Summer
by Light Family Acupuncture
March 21, 2013
Stick with us in this blog over the next few weeks for lots of healthy skin tips, and food and lifestyle tips for keeping your skin looking great, and treating yourself right as we move from spring to summer.
Whew, we made
it through spring break! And now summer is just around the corner. I don’t know about you, but as much as I love summer activities–like boating, swimming, and playing outside–I miss my winter wardrobe of cozy scarves, boots and hats. I always find it easier to feel confident when I can accessorize (and don’t even mention swimwear, please. It’s only March). But with summer approaching, it gets too hot (especially here in Texas) to wear anything with sleeves, let alone layers. But you can wear those tank tops and short shorts and still feel fabulous! Our skin is our largest organ, and when our skin looks good, we look good. For a quick skin pick me up, try a natural body scrub like Ocean Salt from Lush; it will leave you feeling refreshed and glowing!
As much as I love skin treatments like scrubs, beauty is more than skin deep. To look and feel your best, you’ve got to take care of yourself, inside and out. We all know the routine: fresh whole foods, more veggies and fruit, lean protein and limit processed foods. This is the key to a healthy, feel-good lifestyle ALL the time. Of course in our busy, crazy world, eating healthy is easier said then done. We will be discussing more dietary and lifestyle options in the coming weeks, but as we gear up for summer, consider make a few small changes now to get your skin glowing.
Dying for the morning cup of coffee? Go ahead, but limit your intake. Keep it at one or two cups in the morning only. Coffee after 3pm can affect your sleep, even if you don’t feel jittery. Consider swapping out the half and half for a little soy or almond milk for an added health boost. If you are dragging your feet at 3:30, try a cup or two of green tea. Not only is it refreshing, but the antioxidants can help fight inflation, even out skin tone, and reduce redness. Be aware of guzzling this yummy stuff like water though. Contrary to popular belief, green tea DOES contain caffeine, just less caffeine than coffee. Need a great place to get your tea fix? Check out Zhi Tea in east Austin.
Having a yummy stir-fry or fajitas for dinner? Add and extra cup of red, yellow, and green peppers to the mix. The antioxidants found in peppers can help fight wrinkles and decrease your skin’s sensitivity to the sun.
Need a quick afternoon energy boost? Try a handful of walnuts and sunflower seeds. Walnuts contain omega-3 fatty acids, which can improve skin’s elasticity, and sunflower seeds are loaded with vitamin E,
protecting your skin’s top layers from the sun. For those of you as in love with your Vita Mix as I am, try this great walnut butter recipe! Perfect with apple slices for a sweet treat.
Next week, we’re going to tempt you with dessert, and we’ll talk about how our skin relates to digestive health in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).