At White Tea Med Spa, we provide the highest quality facial services available. We take care of everything, so you can enjoy your glowing skin but please note that when you walk out our doors there are some things you should do to take care of your skin, including eating right.
Here are the top ten foods to eat to retain the effects of your facial.
Many people believe that almonds are nuts, but they’re actually seeds. They’re also chock-full of vitamin E, an essential sun blocker. According to one study, people who had the equivalent of about 20 almonds a day and were then exposed to UV light got less sunburned than those who didn’t.
Why? Because vitamin E acts as an antioxidant and can protect skin cells from environmental factors like UV light. Almonds can also protect against free radicals that damage cells.
Most people don’t need a reason to eat chocolate, but there is a great reason indeed: dark chocolate is full of antioxidants, which can reduce the roughness of skin and protect it from damage by the sun. In one study, women who had cocoa daily were treated to better skin and stronger resistance to the UV rays of the sun than those who didn’t have a few ounces of cocoa per day.
Green tea has a reputation as one of the best bionic brews in the world – and for good reason! It releases a type of antioxidant called catechins, which have both anti-cancer properties and anti-inflammatory properties. Note that these properties will diminish as the tea cools so be sure to drink it hot! Studies have shown that drinking somewhere between two and six cups per day can go a long way to preventing skin cancer and can reverse the signs of sun damage.
In one study by the International Journal of Cancer, test subjects who ate more greens – like spinach – had half the skin tumors in an 11-year period compared to those who ate the least amount of greens. Scientists believe that the folate in green veggies may actually work to repair and maintain DNA.
We love tomatoes on salads, but we can cook them to improve our skin. The substance that makes tomatoes red, Lycopene, can actually get rid of free radicals that age skin but the best results happen when we eat the heated veggies. Just half a cup of cooked tomatoes per day can have a big effect.
Carrots can help clear up breakouts, can improve your eyeballs, and can prevent overproduction of cells in the outer layer of skin. What aren’t they good for! Experts recommend eating about half a cup of baby carrots every day – that’s about 16 of them.
Flax seeds have an impressive arsenal of helpful properties. The omega-3 fatty acids work to erase spots and smooth out fine lines and a study done over six weeks showed that folks who had two grams (half a teaspoon) a day had skin that was less red and irritated and their skin was more hydrated.
For our facial customers who have painful, dry, itchy, flaky skin, we recommend safflower oil. Its omega-6 fatty acids are an incredible moisturizer. They allow water to penetrate the skin and can even help our clients with severe conditions like eczema. The ideal range is however much you need to make up about 5-10% of your daily caloric intake.
Also known as yams, sweet potatoes have become very popular in the last decade – and we’re glad to see it! Not only are they very tasty but they’re also full of vitamin C, which can work to smooth out wrinkles and help produce collagen.
Tuna has a secret you may not know about: selenium. It helps preserve elastin, a protein that ensures skin stays both tight and smooth. This antioxidant is also believed to work as a great buffer against the sun. It actually stops the free radicals that are made by UV exposure from damaging skin cells. Experts recommend about three ounces – or half a can – every day.
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These are our best tips to help you eat healthy and keep your skin beautiful after your facial, but don’t forget the most important thing of all: staying hydrated! Please contact White Tea Med Spa if you have any questions about how to best care for your facial.