Inside-Out Approach to Total Skin Health

In my mind, radiant skin is a huge part of style. A clear complexion compliments any look - but it is not always easy to achieve or maintain. Most of us spend hours choosing skincare products to correct what we see as our skin's flaws (acne, wrinkles, discoloration). While topical products are a great retroactive approach, a more proactive approach to beautiful skin is through a diet filled with anti-inflammatory foods (lots of vegetables, fruits, nuts/seeds, fish, green tea, herbs/spices).  What we put in our bodies could actually help slow down the aging process and prevent breakouts.

One of the reasons inflammation occurs is from a rapid rise in blood sugar, which causes biochemical changes in the cell. Staying away from sugar and high-glycemic (simple) carbohydrates, which the body rapidly converts to sugar, is one of the best ways to decrease inflammation. Also, free radicals (from pollution, stress and sun exposure) have a negative effects on our entire body - and especially our skin! Antioxidants help protect the skin from the harmful effects of free radicals, promoting a more youthful complexion.

If kale isn't your thing, no fear! The digestible beauty industry is booming, so now beauty-savvy consumers have a wide variety of delicious consumables for any palate. Whether it's through a supplement, a drink or a chocolate bar.... with time, your skin will start to appear more radiant.

Here are a few of my favorite digestible beauty products.

Supplement: The “Perfect Women” dietary supplements by Sonya Dakar have both an AM and a PM daily packet of supplements that contain a multi-vitamin, vitamin E, B vitamins, calcium, phosphorus, iron, Omega-3s, antioxidants and minerals.

Oil: Intellimune Oil helps battle oxidative stress and aids in fighting premature aging. Two teaspoons have the antioxidizing power of the seeds in 10 pounds of grapes, raspberries or cranberries. Mix into fruit juice, on salads, in soup or drink it on its own. Also can be used externally by drizzling drops and spreading on face or skin.

Beverage: Glowelle is a beauty drink dietary supplement that is packed with antioxidants from vitamins, phyto-nutrients, botanical and fruit extracts to help nourish your skin. Made with natural ingredients, there are no added artificial sweeteners. The drink contains vitamins A, C and E combined with goji berry and green and white tea extracts.

Chocolate:Yes, chocolate!Intelligent Nutrients’ dark chocolate bar is infused with antioxidant-rich blueberries and mandarin, orange, lavender and chamomile essentials oils. The treat is also 100% organic.

And remember, your skin’s outward appearance is a direct reflection of your body’s inner health! If you want to learn more, I recommendation The Clear Skin Prescription by Dr. Perricone - this book will change your life!

If you have your own inside-out approach to clear skin...please share!