We all want to preserve and keep our skin looking young and clear. There are always natural ways that we can use and incorporate into our daily routines to increase our collagen, improve pigmentation and protect our skin against UV rays.
I’ve even included a recipe for you.
Here are just 6 small changes you can add to your skin care routine
Vitamin C – Topical vitamin C applied to the face has been shown to increase collagen production and protect against UV rays. When L – ascorbic acid, a type of vitamin C, is used, research showed the vitamin can improve pigmentation as well as inflammatory skin issues.
Green tea – Green tea is packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that help sooth and reduce redness in the skin. Some experts believe green tea can help reduce collagen destruction that leads to wrinkles. Try starting with even just one cup of green tea a day so increase your antioxidant intake.
Reduce stress –Stress is not only felt mentally, but physically as well. Stress can cause breakouts due to an increase in hormones, making the skin oilier and lessening the body’s defense against bacteria. Make sure to get adequate sleep and give yourself time off for relaxation to calm the mind and reduce stress.
Monitor sun exposure – It is common knowledge that high amounts of sun exposure over the years damages your skin and causes wrinkles. Make sure to always wear sunscreen on your face to protect against harmful UV rays. Even if it is overcast outside, you are still exposed to UV rays. It is important to wear a high SPF sunscreen on your face year round to prevent wrinkles and skin cancer.
Omega-3 fatty acids – Increasing your intake of omega-3 fatty acids is not only good for overall health, but can also help reduce wrinkles and keep the skin looking youthful. These fatty acids can be found in salmon, nuts, seeds, and fish oil supplements.
Acupuncture – Facial acupuncture has become increasingly popular in the past ten years in rejuvenating the skin. Reports have found facial acupuncture can reduces lines on the face and leave skin smoother and glowing. Acupuncture is a natural and non-invasive treatment that does not have side effects. Treatment can also leave one feeling overall more relaxed and at ease.
And here is your Recipe for Healthy Skin
Zucchini Chickpea Burgers
This vegan and gluten-free recipe is filled with healthy ingredients to boost the skin and overall health!
Ingredients (serves 6)
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 small onion
1.5 cups of zucchini squeezed dry
½ cup of toasted sunflower seeds
¾ teaspoons of sea salt
1.5 cups of canned chickpeas
1 cup of cooked quinoa
2 tablespoons of Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
2 tablespoons of fresh chopped dill
½ teaspoon paprika
Sauté onion and garlic in a pan with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. When tender, add zucchini and sauté until cooked. Season to preference with salt and pepper.
Grind sunflower seeds, sea salt, pepper until ingredients are coarse crumbs. Add quinoa, chickpeas, Dijon mustard, lemon, dill and paprika to mixture. Mix until ingredients are broken up with some texture remaining.
Add zucchini, onion, and garlic to mixture.
Shape into 6 patties and cook on medium heat with olive oil in a pan into golden brown.
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