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We’ve all heard the saying “beauty is only skin deep.” When it comes to treating and preventing acne, however, this is not the case. There are a myriad of facial cleansers, creams, and masks that provide a variety of beneficial topical treatments to our more problematic areas. However, when it comes to skincare, we need to keep in mind that our skin is a large and complex organ. As such, promoting total skin health requires a more holistic approach. As dermatologists all over the globe are now discovering, diet may have more impact on acne and blemishes than originally believed. Specifically, our consumption of simple carbohydrates and sugars.

The Scoop on Sugar

When we consume sugar, our bodies set to work breaking down the complex structure to prepare it for absorption. This process converts the sugar into glucose that enters the bloodstream and triggers a rise in insulin levels. Simple carbohydrates, such as white bread, soda, and sweets, causes an extreme spike in insulin levels as our body works hard to lower our high blood sugar levels. According to board-certified dermatologist, nutritionist, and author of Ageless Face, Ageless Mind Dr. Perricone, it is this insulin spike that leads to “a burst of inflammation throughout the body.”

Inflammation is the culprit responsible for producing the enzymes that deteriorate elastin and collagen in the skin. This process, known as glycation, exacerbate pre-existing skin conditions like acne and rosacea and also result in sagging skin and wrinkles as our skin loses elasticity. Consuming large quantities of sugar can even lead to insulin resistance, causing dark, patchy skin, and excessive hair growth. As our skin cells deteriorate, they are left vulnerable to the infections that cause breakouts, blemishes, blackheads, and cysts.

Face-Friendly Foods

Eating foods that promote internal health, used in conjunction with topical treatments and remedies, is the most efficient way to ensure healthy, young, and glowing skin.

Blackberries, Strawberries, Blueberries, and Plums

Foods high in antioxidants rid the body of the free-radicals commonly associated with various forms of melanoma. According to a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, these four fruits hit the top of the charts with the highest “total antioxidant capacity” of any food, making them the most efficient way to get your daily dose of antioxidants.

Flaxseed and Walnuts

Rich in healthy fatty acids, these foods offer support to the cell walls that make up our skin. Cell walls are responsible for absorbing nutrients, ridding the cell of wastes, and supporting the cell structure, among other things. Healthy cell walls are essential for skin cells to thrive and remain forever young.

Green Tea

A study featured in the Archives of Dermatology revealed that green tea is not only incredibly high in antioxidants, but also chock full of anti-inflammatories, reducing redness and swelling of the skin. Whether applied topically or ingested, green tea has even proven to reduce the damage to skin caused by the ultraviolet light our skin is exposed to daily from the sun.

Water

Drinking plenty of water throughout the day ensures our skin is well hydrated, so it is able to maintain high levels of elasticity. Additionally, proper hydration allows the body to release toxins into our pores through sweat. A dehydrated body will not sweat as often, or as much as it should, resulting in clogged pores and cracked, dry skin.

The cause of facial blemishes vary from person to person depending on their genetics, diet, lifestyle, and overall health. However, when considering potential blemish remedies, these basic nutritional factors play a part in us all. Before turning to expensive dermatological treatments, incorporate these favorable food groups (along with the right topical treatments) and give your skin a fighting chance.

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How To Make Time For Homesteading

I’ve heard people joke that homesteading is like a second job, and I don’t think they’re wrong! It’s difficult to make time for essential tasks like collecting eggs, harvesting strawberries, or the million other chores demanded of homesteaders. That said, how can we make time for homesteading, especially when we have a full-time job? Use this handy guide to make more time in your schedule for the homesteading that you love.

Rise ‘n’ shine

You’re not going to like this first piece of advice, but just hear me out. Consider waking up 30 – 60 minutes early a few times a week. Early rising helps you tackle those pesky chores without worrying about them all day. If you have a job outside the home, this helps you rest assured your homestead is taken care of before you leave for work.

Task managers

Everyone has their own system, but even the best homesteaders forget things from time to time. But forgetting can be the difference between having chickens and having a cage full of feathers if you forget to lock the coop. To breeze through chores more quickly and efficiently, get a task manager. This can be as simple as a paper planner, or as high tech as an app (my favorites are Asana and Any.do). Use a task manager to whiz through your chores more quickly–no lollygagging required.

A family affair

We don’t get enough quality family time these days. Score more time with your spouse and kids by making homesteading tasks a family affair. This completes the chores more quickly while connecting with your family on a daily basis.

Know what you can handle

If you’re already pushed to the limit, it’s not a good time to buy goats. Know what your limits are for your homestead. Remember, it’s not a race! Parse down to what’s manageable for your life and schedule. For example, stick with gardening if animals are too much daily work right now.

The bottom line

Homesteading is hard work, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. Use these tips to make more time for homesteading without losing your mind.


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