The art of good makeup application is a glorious thing. There were days when I was a makeup artist and I’d literally work through the night on a shoot somewhere that sounded exotic before I got there. And then I had to hop a plane home and attend some event within hours, no matter how ragged I looked. Makeup to the rescue! But when work, air travel and overall life responsibilities produced dull, problematic skin under all that gorgeous makeup, I had to find solutions. The number one culprit at the time was my eating habits. Ouch. Yes, I’m going to go there. What we eat has a HUGE affect on our skin and overall wellbeing. I know It’s tough to change something as ingrained as our eating habits, but I’m here to tell you, it can be done. You don’t have to do a complete diet overhaul to get the benefits of good skin. You can begin by adding or subtracting a couple of foods at a time. Here are my top skin-glowing suggestions.
1. Vitamin C is a beauty superpower when it comes to radiant skin. It produces collagen and helps heal that blemish you shouldn’t have picked. You can find Vitamin C in berries, citrus and certain green veggies, like broccoli. Be sure to purchase organic as berries absorb lots of pesticides.
2. Omega-3 are essential fatty acids that do wonders for skin by encouraging it to produce anti-inflammatory compounds. It’s a godsend for eczema and psoriasis. This was actually the first thing I added to my “beautiful skin arsenal”. You can get Omega-3 through oily fish (like salmon), nuts and flaxseeds.
3. Water is the simplest, easiest way to boost your skin’s health, but it’s often the one we struggle with the most. If downing eight ounces of water a day sounds daunting (it did when I first began), start out with just four ounces, and gradually add more. Make drinking water a fun event. I bought a beautiful eight-ounce glass that I use just for drinking water. If you need incentive to replace soda and sugary juices, but water sounds boring, try making herbal teas. I make up batches of herbal teas and keep them in the fridge. I sometimes sweeten them with licorice tea bags, which means no added sugar in my diet, but my skin is still getting the hydrating benefits of water.
4. Vitamin E keeps free radicals from damaging collagen, which means less wrinkles and dry, patchy skin. Vitamin E can be found in sunflower oil, olive oil, wheat germ oil, sweet potatoes and avocados. You can also take supplements to get the full daily allowance.
5. Sugar isn’t just an enemy of your waistline, it wreaks havoc on your skin, too. Here’s why. And here’s what happened to one beauty editor’s skin when she gave up sugar for a week.