How to Look and Feel Your Best this Summer

Summer is just around the corner, which means barbeques, pool parties, and bikinis. Unfortunately, the winter months can be brutal on both the waistline and the complexion. After the holidays, most of us wonder how we can lose that extra weight and correct our seasonal dryness before beach weather rolls back around. Now that it’s time to start shedding that winter coat and start showing off some skin, learn how to rejuvenate your appearance and bring your radiance back to life. Here are some helpful tips on how you can start looking and feeling your best before the summer rolls around.

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Diet

You should know by now that exercise alone isn’t enough to shave off those unwanted pounds; dieting is equally important if you want to look your best for the beach. One of the simplest ways to cut down on that winter fluff is to eliminate empty carbs as much as possible. Reducing the glycine concentration in your body can help your body self-consume fat and prevent any additional fat cells from forming. Here are some foods that you should try to avoid:

•    White rice

•    Potatoes (except sweet potatoes or yams)

•    Bread

•    Heavy wheat-based products

Try to increase your protein and vegetable intake. A veggie and low-fat meat diet will help you build lean muscle and reduce your fat storages during a process known as ‘ketosis’. Ketogenic diets have become incredibly popular in recent years, but they can be incredibly difficult to stick with and require a great deal of discipline. Try to be realistic in your dieting goals; if you think you can pull off a keto diet you should go for it, otherwise, just make smart choices when buying grocery stores.

Nutritional Supplements

Working out with increased frequency can make it difficult for your body to get all of the nutrition it needs to replenish your organs and muscles. It’s never a bad idea to start taking a simple multivitamin every morning, but multiple vitamins with minerals can be far more beneficial. If you want your skin to glisten and glow when you sport that new swimsuit, you should be looking to load up on specific vitamins which can give your skin the extra boost it needs. These are the vitamins you should be taking to improve your skin health and complexion:

•    Vitamin C

•    Vitamin E

•    Vitamin D

•    Vitamin K

•    Vitamin B3, B5, and B12

Must-Have Oils

Oils get a bad rap when it comes to diet and nutrition because good and bad oils get thrown into the same category. You want to avoid greasy, oily foods like potato chips and just about anything fried in corn or canola oil. However, oils that come from fish are fantastic for your skin. Fish oil is packed with fatty acids that help your skin rebuild and replenish—but make sure you don’t load up on white rice and soy when you go out for sushi. If you don’t like fish you can always get Omega-3, 6, and 9 supplements which come in gel capsules and save you from that fishy taste. When you need to cook with oil, use extra virgin olive oil as your preferred choice. Olive oil has mono-saturated fats which have multifaceted benefits for your skin and waist.   

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Skin Creams and Lotion

The winter months are brutal on the skin. Cold or windy air can dry out and damage your complexion, making revitalizing lotions go-to lifesavers. Light moisturizers with an aloe base are best for dry skin in an arid climate; the higher concentration of water will allow your skin to absorb the lotion faster and more efficiently. Many lotions contain a number of vitamins which are great for your skin, but be sure to consume your oral supplements in larger doses to achieve their full benefit. Facial creams are the foundation of restoration, but make sure you use the right kind for your skin—especially for those who suffer from excessive oil. The last thing you want is a nasty break out due to a facial cream right before a 4th of July Barbeque.

Eat better, exercise more, and give your skin the TLC it deserves. With these helpful tips, you will be on your way to that tone summer body and eye-catching complexion before you can say, “Party at the lake!”