Reach for beautiful skin this summer

With summer comes more exposed skin on face, arms, legs, even tummies – and as you will notice, there is no shortage of product labels promising that glowing summer look.

Helen Sherrard, president of the Canadian Health Food Association advises that there are also more natural ways to keep skin glowing and protected during these warm months. In particular, she says that old adage, you are what you eat, is still true.

Skin needs vitamins, minerals and nutrients found in nature to stay healthy. Consuming vitamin-rich fruits like pineapple, mango, lime and banana will provide potassium, fibre and vitamins B-6, A and C. Then, be creative and blend with a low calorie almond beverage, which you can find at a natural health food store, to add a source of vitamin D. The nutrients found in this combination are bound bring radiance to your skin, not to mention boost how you feel.

Additionally, natural health products (NHPs) are also a great option when it comes to taking care of skin from the inside out. “Sometimes we don’t eat all the nutrients we need to function at our best, never mind to have great skin,” says Sherrard. “Natural health products are a natural, healthy option to supplement what we might be missing and take care of the skin from inside out.

For example, vitamin K which helps with blood circulation is found in not so popular foods like liver and spinach. If those aren’t regular items on your menu, a good multi-vitamin that includes a daily dose of vitamin K may be an option. It will help to avoid deficiencies and possibly improve dark circles under eyes.

Finally, remember that the things you can do to beautify your skin are essentially the same things you should do to improve your overall health. Healthy life style choices like getting enough sleep, watching sugar and alcohol intake, using NHPs and making time for regular exercise are natural recommendations that go a long way to attaining a radiant look this summer.

More information is available online at chfa.ca.

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