Wish You Had Better Skin? Eat, Drink And Wear These.
Is the harsh winter weather making your skin feel extra bleh? Or are pimple creams totally drying you out? You already know what an important role a healthy diet, plenty of sleep, and exercise play in having glowing skin, but we asked Shape Magazine's Beauty Director Ellen Miller to give us the yummiest tricks to getting a flawless face.
"Foods that contain Omega-3 fatty acids, like olives, avocado, and walnuts, help amp up the moisture content in your skin," Ellen says. "Drinking plenty of water can also help make your skin look clear and hydrated."
Acne medicine likely isn't the only force wreaking havoc on your face -- the sun is responsible for plenty of damage, including skin cancer. Ellen tells us that whole wheat breads and cereals, as well as tuna and turkey, are filled with selenium, a mineral that protects your skin from UV sunlight.
Still, the beauty guru warns, "Don't expect to snack on carbs and skip a sunburn. While it's a good idea to load up on these foods to help prevent sun damage, it's essential to apply sunscreen with at least spf 30 daily all year long. Ones that are labeled oil-free won't clog your pores or cause zits."
Awake late at night cramming for a major test or just photo stalking your friends on Facebook? No one will know with this beauty trick from your fridge.
"Most dark circles are caused by pooled blood underneath the eye. Cure puffiness for free by putting sliced cucumbers over your peepers for five minutes," Ellen explains. "A cool washcloth can also do the trick."
Lastly, the beauty pro breaks the myth that greasy foods and chocolate can cause pimples to pop up on your face. "Foods don't cause breakouts -- hormones do. That being said, never eat greasy foods like potato chips and then touch your face. It's a good idea to be entirely hands off."
Are Ellen's tips helpful? Do you have problems with breakouts, or do you have any other beauty questions for JSYK? Tweet @itslaurlaur and we may answer you soon.