Treating Your Skin From the Inside Out!

While searching the Young Living (YL) Blog for a natural Sunscreen Recipe,  I stumbled on this Post from 2010.  Interesting read if you are looking for ways to supplement your skin through your nutrition.  I am an avid Tuna lover – I crave it often and when I want it, I must have it!  I did not realize that it contains selenium, which is an important nutrient for those of us that suffer from thyroid disease.  BONUS – Tuna also helps our skin recover from free radicals created by sun exposure (see below) –  yeah!!!

Excerpt From 2010 YL Blog Post:

Here are some additional foods that will help you treat your skin the right way:

  • Safflower Oil

Safflower oil is rich in omega-6 fatty acids, which can provide the ultimate moisture treatment for painfully dry and flaky skin. They keep the cell walls supple, allowing water to better penetrate the skin. If you have excessively dry skin, shoot for an amount that gives you 5–10 percent of your daily calories.

Possible substitute: Cooking oils like borage, soybean, or corn oil.

  • Spinach

It’s thought that the folate in spinach may help and repair DNA, bolstering cells’ ability to renew themselves. The water in spinach also penetrates cell membranes, which makes for plumper, more resilient, and less wrinkled skin. Definitely an extra reason to follow Popeye’s lead!

Possible substitution: Collard greens.

  • Sweet Potatoes

This vegetable packs a big vitamin C punch, which is essential for collagen production. The more collagen in your skin, the better and less wrinkled it looks. Consuming the vitamin C in just half a sweet tater a day could significantly decrease the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

Possible substitution: Carrots (1 large or 16 baby), orange juice (6 ounces).

  • Tomatoes

Lycopene, the phytochemical that makes tomatoes red, helps eliminate skin-aging free radicals caused by UV rays. Your body gains the most sun shielding benefits when the vegetable is heated. Just a half a cup of cooked tomatoes or pasta sauce has 16 milligrams of lycopene; along with the ample amount of sunscreen, this daily dose will help keep your skin out of the red. Spaghetti anyone?

Possible substitution: Watermelon.

  • Tuna

Tuna is a good source of selenium, which works to preserve elastin, a protein that keeps your skin smooth and tight. It is also believed to buffer against the sun and stop the free radicals created by UV exposure from damaging cells. Just three ounces or half a can daily can do wonders!

Possible substitution: Brazil nuts (about 12), turkey (1 cup).

—Rebecca Jarvis

Product Manager, Essential Living

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