The Right Foods for Good Skin (Oh, and Use an Infrared Sauna Too!)

Sunlighten’s overall mission is to empower wellness however it can. We look at health and wellness in a very holistic way. Everything you do will impact your body in some manner. Even your skin will respond to respond to a wide variety of environmental influences – air quality, stress, nutrition and more.

Many of our customers use regular infrared sauna therapy to purify and rejuvenate their skin. But more that later. We wanted to tell you about how food can impact your skin.

You probably noticed as a teenager that eating poorly can have negative results on your skin. The reverse is true as well. Eat properly and help your skin’s condition tremendously.

Studies have shown that balanced, nutrient-packed diets help skin look better, minimize signs of aging and protect the skin from additional damage. The keys seem to be:

Vegetables

Veggies are full of nutrients like antioxidants, vitamins C and E, beta-carotene, and more. The deeper the color of the vegetable, the more nutrients you’ll get. Try not to cook your veggies down too much in order to retain those natural nutrients. Leafy, deep green vegetables are always good bets.

Legumes

Beans provide fiber, magnesium and protein all of which will protect your skin from damage.

Fruits

Blueberries and blackberries are great choices, rich in vitamin C and antioxidants. Papaya contains an enzyme that is great for keeping your skin looking smooth – you can include it in your diet and/or in your actual skin care products! Other great fruit choices (again, deeper color is generally better) include cherries, dates, mangos, acai, pumpkin, and pomegranates.

Fish

Fish is a good source of two important types of fat, DHA and EPA – very important for cell health.

Olive Oil

At least one study suggests that replacing bad fats (such as those in butter and margarine) with olive oil will result in fewer skin wrinkles.

No Sugar

Sugar and its processed cousins (high fructose corn syrup – HFCS and others) form compounds that prevent your collagen from working correctly by keeping your skin smooth and firm. Try to choose naturally occurring sugars (such as those in fruit) over processed sugars whenever possible.

Oh, and we told you earlier that we’d share why infrared saunas are good for your skin!

A study published in The Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy showed significant improvements in skin appearance after just 12 weeks of sauna skin therapy using near-infrared technology. Participants experienced a reduction in wrinkles and crow’s feet, as well as improved overall skin tone, including softness, smoothness, elasticity, clarity and firmness.¹ Sunlighten’s Solocarbon Custom Spectrum is the only infrared sauna heater on the market with near-infrared technology!

I have been using my Sunlighten sauna almost every day and I absolutely love it. I’ve noticed that my complexion is getting better. I’ve struggled with break-outs for as long as I can remember. Since using the sauna my face is looking so much better. It has a healthy glow and the fine lines on my face seem to be lessened too. My husband has started using it frequently and now my teenage son. His complexion looks great; makes me wish we had a sauna when I was a teen! – Eva B., Sunlighten customer

For more information on the other health benefits of Sunlighten infrared saunas, please contact Sunlighten today!

¹B.A. Russell, N. Kellett & L.R. Reilly. Study to Determine the Efficacy of Combination LED Light Therapy (633nm and 830 nm) in Facial Skin Rejuvenation. Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy, 2005; 7: pp 196-200.

*photo courtesy of Carol Moshier/Flickr

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