What are the secrets to clear, zit- free skin? Magazines are adorned with photographs of flawless beauties, thanks to good genes, diet, exercise and a little airbrush magic. I had a much anticipated promotional photo shoot scheduled earlier this week. A photographer friend flew in from Toronto just for the occasion, and boom! As Lady Luck would have it, I felt the beginnings of what would morph into a huge zit. Ahh! Why me?? Why now? I am not a teenager, I try to eat the right foods and I have a pretty decent skin care regime. Sure, I have been prone to zit or two every once in while, but man, what timing!! Oh well, what’s done is done. Nothing a little makeup can’t conceal and some airbrush magic can’t erase.
Now, I patiently await for the final product: my retouched photos…..stay tuned.
In the meantime, I did some research on skincare and the common culprits to blame for acne and blemishes are a poor diet, stress and environmental factors. So at least we have a degree of control over our skin’s appearance. Come to think of it, all the stress I had about the upcoming shoot probably sent my hormones haywire.
Tips for the maintenance of a healthy complexion
- Water, water, and more water
- Eat anything dark green, like kale or spinach
- Eat tomatoes (helps protect against sunburn.)
- Eat carrots (vitamin A helps keep skin smooth)
- Eat raw nuts, fruits and veggies
- Eat oysters (high in zinc, very good collagen producer)
- Wild Salmon (omega 3’s)
- Low fat yogurt (live cultures)
- Eat high fiber foods like oatmeal. (cleanses the body)
- Anything berry particularly blueberries which are high in antioxidants
- Stay away from stressful people & situations
- Get plenty of rest
- Don’t let Fido lick your face (for obvious reasons)
- Don’t touch your face
- Don’t allow others to touch your face
- Use good quality, hypo – allergenic makeup
- Wash with antibacterial soap like Cetaphil
- Exercise (keeps skin vibrant)
- Maintain a healthy love life (you know what I mean)
- Use a combination sunblock & moisturizer
- Get sunshine! (vitamin D is great for the skin)
- Try to limit exposure to unnatural flourescent light which can eventually produce a somewhat pale pallor.
- Limit alcohol intake (saps skin of moisture)
- Limit caffeine intake
- Limit salt intake (hello? water retention)
- Quit smoking (or limit smoking)
- Limit red meat consumption
- Smell the roses
- Get a tan
- Get a facial
Check out the following website, it provides a simple topical recipe made with food to treat pimples and reveal a brighter, healthier complexion. Let food be thy medicine.