As we approach the sunny summer days, we often think about that summer glow. Your skin, your body’s largest organs, is a direct reflection of what’s happening inside of your body. So what are some things you can do to look radiant from the inside and out?
Obviously, drink water every day. Your body is made of 60% water. It is essential for the function of cells, organs, and tissues. Water helps digestions, detoxify your body and prevent you from becoming dehydrated. We lose water through breathing, digestion, and sweating. The amount of water you need depends on multiple factors. It depends on the climate you live in, physical activity, and any illnesses or health problems. It is recommended that you drink at least 64oz of water a day. Your skin is made of numerous cells, and without water, it will become dry, tight, and flaky. Dry skin has less resilience and is prone to wrinkling. Water is going to keep your skin supple and hydrated, so drink up.
Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body. It is a major component of connective tissue like muscles, ligaments, bones, blood vessels, and skin. Collagen is responsible for keeping your skin firm and supple. Due to stress, pollution, sun exposure, and other toxins, your body produces less collagen, starting in your mid-20s. Your body makes collagen by combining two amino acids called proline and glycine with the help of vitamin C. To boost your body’s natural collagen production, you can eat foods that have vitamin C such as citrus fruits, strawberries, and bell peppers. Foods containing proline can be incorporated into your diet like dairy products, egg whites, wheat germ cabbage, asparagus, and mushrooms. Glycine can be found in pork, and chicken skin and gelatin. You can also add hydrolyzed collagen as a supplement to your morning coffee, tea, or smoothie. Bovine collagen is the most potent and effective collagen, but there are other sources, such as marine collagen.
For women who have acne, hydrolyzed collagen promotes the healing of acne scars. It is also an anti-inflammatory and will help calm down redness and swelling due to an acne breakout. Studies show that 8-12 weeks of collagen will also help with dry skin, eczema, and cellulite. BONUS! Other benefits include bone and joint health, stronger immune system, and a healthier gut.
Ashwagandha has many benefits for the skin and hair too. It is a powerful antioxidant that protects your skin from free radicals and skin damage. It also slows down the aging process by firming up your skin for a more youthful luminous look. Ashwagandha also improves scalp circulation that improves the strength of hair and prevents hair loss. Biotin is another essential nutrient for healthy skin and stronger, thicker hair and nails.
So if you are looking for that effortless, not a care in the world glow up, try out these tips to show off your natural beauty.