5 Tips to Eat and Drink Your Way to a Healthy Spring Glow
Time to put down that glass of milk, plate of cheese, or yummy ice cream. Turns out there is a connection between milk products and breakouts. Cow milk usually contains high levels of hormones such as progesterone, insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1), and other substances that we turn into dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which leads to increased sebum production. Increased sebum production leads to clogged pores and triggers breakouts. Reach for almond milk instead of dairy products to avoid breakouts.
Staying well-hydrated is important as the weather gets warmer. Your skin's healthy glow is a reflection of your hydration. Hydrating with coconut water will not only help get rid of toxins but will also increase the elasticity of your skin. Coconut water is a good source of antioxidants, and you can also dab it on your skin as a toner!
Peaches and Cream
Spring is high allergy season. This can take away from your healthy glow, leaving you with a red, congested face! A great way to combat this phenomenon is to eat a diet that helps your body fight allergies. Peaches are rich in quercetin, a flavonoid phytochemical that has antihistamine properties, which fight congestion. Other natural antihistamine foods are onions, garlic, and apples.
Raw Food Skin Cleanse
“Going organic” has a whole new meaning in the ever-changing world of skincare. What if you could read the ingredients on a cleanser or a lotion... and understand what they were? Products with organic ingredients are best for people who have sensitive skin, congested skin, or adult-onset acne. Eliminate artificial products that may be packed with fillers from your skincare regimen. Instead, opt for all-natural lines that are certified organic and whose ingredients you understand. Then, slowly reintroduce your usual non-organic products to your skin. This will tell you a lot of your skin health and ingredients that work best with your skin.
It wouldn't be spring without sunscreen. Sunscreen is the best anti-aging tool you have, so use it! Opt for a sunscreen that's SPF 30–50 and that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays are the aging rays, which cause brown spots and wrinkles and break down collagen. UVB rays are the ones that give you that sunburn. Try a few sunscreens before you choose the one that suits your face. At Blush Med Skincare, we use Suntastic SPF 45, which is a cucumber-based sunscreen and a hyaluronic acid-based collagen cream that fights aging & protects your skin.