Foods That Age You Beyond Your Years

Youthful looking skin is something we’d all love to have. You likely have a daily routine of caring for your skin including moisturizers, exfoliators, face wash, night cream and more. Aside from what we can do on the outside, the health and appearance of our skin also comes from how well we take care of the inside.

Here’s what you should avoid eating to evade any additional aging to your skin:

Sweets. From sweet and tasty cakes to sugary candies, too much sugar in your body can wreak a lot of havoc. Excess amounts of sugar can tear down collagen in the skin, among many other negative effects that go on inside of your body. That’s not to say never to enjoy a slice of pie, but if it’s part of your everyday life, it’s time to try to lessen the load.

Overly salty foods. When you eat convenience foods and processed items, you intake more sodium than you would sprinkle on if you were cooking it yourself. That excess sodium makes you retain water, leaving you appearing puffy and swollen. The good news is that topical products with caffeine can help alleviate that, but you should start reading labels for sodium content to prevent issues from the inside out.

Excessive alcohol. A glass of wine won’t do you harm, but keeping alcohol at a minimum will do wonders for your skin. Regular alcohol consumption can cause your liver to gather build up which will leave your skin sallow, resulting in breakouts and wrinkles.

Too much caffeine. Because caffeine is a diuretic, it expels fluids from you more rapidly, dehydrating your body. When your body is dehydrated, it shows in your skin first. However, you don’t have to give up your cup of joe in the morning. Coffee has helpful antioxidants in it which are beneficial, but you can counter the  dehydration by simply drinking more water throughout the day.

On the outside, take care of your skin by looking for products with hyaluronic acid, which can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water and keep skin hydrated and replenished. By watching what you eat and using proper skincare, you’ll keep your skin looking fabulous for ages.

Have you ever considered what your skin is trying to tell you?  Winter has come to a close, and with its ending, the dry skin goes with it!  Some skin things are seasonal such as the dry skin that’s so common in the dry, winter months — but your skin is telling you a lot about what’s going on inside of you.

Think about when you see a healthy, vibrant person with glowing skin.  You instantly think “wow, you look so healthy and happy”  Alternatively, when you’re sleep-deprived, dehydrated and overall not feeling up to par, it shows in your skin.  We know the dark circles under the eyes all too well, don’t we?

So, what’s your skin telling you?  Do you need to focus on hydration, more sleep — what is it?

Easy Ways to Go Green for a Toxin Free Home

The cleaning products we’ve been using to clean our homes aren’t really so clean. Unfortunately, these products are often full of toxic chemicals that are damaging to our health, and that linger in our homes. There are safer options to use that still get the job done, and today, I’m going to share with you some of my favorite ways to life a more toxin-free life at home.

Ditch the toxic cleaners. The biggest change you can make to create a more green home is to swap those chemical-filled cleaners with safer ones. You can find non-toxic and biodegradable cleaning products in the most stores, or you can make your own just as easily. Baking soda makes for a fantastic naturally-effective cleaner that can even get soap scum up with minimal effort. Tea tree and citrus oils are great for disinfecting. So is white vinegar. And if you want your toilet to sparkle, use white vinegar with a little borax.

End the cycle of paper towels. Micro-fiber cloths can attract dirt all on their own. Dampen them up, and you’ll find they make short work of cleaning stainless steel, wood, glass, ceramics, and glass. Unlike paper towels, you can use them again and again to polish, dust and shine up the surfaces in your home without using nasty chemicals.

Find a natural way to make bugs bug off. Instead of using the toxic bug spray we’re all used to, seal cracks and holes near entryways, baseboards, and windowsills to prevent bugs from finding their way in. And for repelling them, use natural combinations of essential oils like rosemary, citronella, eucalyptus, lavender or mint with witch hazel to create a safe spray for your skin that keeps mosquitoes and other pests from bothering you and your kids.

Add live plants inside your home. Plants are not only a great way to add some life to your home, but they also serve as natural ways to filter your air. Some plants can even pull out harmful toxins that come from the chemicals used to treat your furniture, your electronics, and carpets. The best plants to do the job are palm trees, spider plant, Boston fern, ficus, snake plant, aloe vera, and the bamboo palm, to name a few. Place a plant in every room, more depending on the size of the space, and you’ll be able to breathe easier thanks to your new green friends.