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To promote healthy skin, doctors recommend getting enough sleep (8 hours), reducing stress, avoiding the sun, and getting the proper amount of vitamins and minerals. 

Another solution for promoting healthy skin is avoiding processed foods, and eating a diet rich in whole foods. The process of cooking and refining foods produces chemicals and toxins that the body tries to excrete through the pores. The process of cooking food often erases its nutritional value, cooking out the vitamins, minerals, and enzymes that the body needs.

As the saying goes, "You are what you eat." So what effect does your diet really have on your appearance? We know eating sensibly helps maintain a healthy lifestyle, but it can also help maintain a healthy appearance. When you feel good about the things you eat and the things you eat are good for you, you’ll look good, too.

Here are some suggestions to help your face look MAGNIFICENT!

Drinking plenty of water every day helps the skin look soft, supple and more youthful. By keeping the body hydrated, your overall appearance will benefit. From improved skin texture to healthier hair and nails. If you’re feeling bloated, it may be due to an increase of sodium in the body. Increase your intake of water to help flush it out. 

Vitamin C
Vitamin C helps the body fight infection and disease. It pumps up the immune system and promotes healing. Did you also know that vitamin C is essential to collagen production? Collagen helps the skin remain elastic but firm, which keeps the skin wrinkle-free. Citrus fruits, strawberries, tomatoes, broccoli, pineapple and cabbage are all vitamin C-rich foods. 

Soy proteins are rich in amino acids, vitamin E and many antioxidants. These components help the skin retain moisture, smooth skins appearance and improve elasticity.

Essential Fatty Acids
Essential fatty acids (EFAs) like omega-3 and omega-6 are known as “good fat,” which helps cellular functioning. This helps skin, hair, nails, muscles and practically everything involved in your physical appearance. Like other “good” foods, EFAs help the cells to function properly, which helps to clear up skin and prevent blemishes, reduce wrinkles, improve hair condition and nail growth.

“Milk. It does a body good.” It's not just a catchy marketing phrase -- it’s true. Milk is rich in calcium, vitamins B2, B12 and D. Calcium, paired with the calcium-absorption booster vitamin D, helps to maintain strong bones and healthy teeth. Vitamins B2 and B12 are essential for red blood cell growth, which helps to carry much needed oxygen to cells. So what does this mean to your looks? Hair and skin will look livelier and healthier.

Green vegetables
Vegetables such as spinach, collard greens and kale are rich in Vitamin A, C, E, iron and fiber. We’ve already mentioned the benefits of vitamin C, but equally important to great skin is your intake of vitamin A and E. Vitamin A has antioxidant properties and maintains moisture for eyes, skin and mucous membranes. Vitamin E is essential for healthy, smooth and younger-looking skin.

Although your partner may not want to kiss you after eating it, keep in mind that garlic is high in antioxidants, which will help you stay looking young. If you can't stand the smell or taste, take it in capsule form.

Top Antioxidant Foods to Eat:

Avocado     Arugula     Asparagus     Berries (Strawberries, Blueberries)      Broccoli  

Cabbage      Carrots     Citrus Fruits      Dark Chocolate      Garlic      Kale      Nuts      

Olive Oil (Extra Virgin Cold-Pressed)       Onions       Papaya      Peppers       Pineapple

Pomegranate       Spinach        Tea (including GREEN)        Tomatoes