What Your Complexion Says about Your Health

skin complexion

Do people comment on your peaches-and-cream complexion?

Or could your skin look better? Our skin contains many tiny blood vessels that carry blood laden with oxygen to the skin cells, allowing them to breathe.

People who are physically fit and who have higher levels of sex hormones have more of these blood vessels and they flush easier than people who are unhealthy, unfit, elderly or smokers.

Since your attractiveness relies upon how healthy you look…

…you might be able to make yourself more attractive by being kind to your heart and lungs in doing more exercise, or by quitting smoking.

Skin Type #1: Sallow skin

Smoking is a key cause of a yellowish complexion. Eyes open for this type of complexion health characteristics.

Chemicals in cigarettes deprive the skin of oxygen and can lead to wrinkles. Smoking constricts the capillaries so you get less blood supply to your skin.

Therefore, your skin becomes less nourished and less pink. A lack of water can also dull skin. Be careful not to mistake thirst for hunger, and watch your intake during warmer weather and in air-conditioned environments.

Solution: Stop smoking and make sure your diet is rich in antioxidants such as vitamins E, A and C. Vitamin E is found in canola oil, nuts and avocado, while vitamin C is in fruit and vegetables, particularly berries. Vitamin A is found in orange vegetables.

Skin Type #2: Pale skin

A pale complexion can be due to genetics or a lack of sunshine. Pasty, sweaty skin may indicate you’re feeling under the weather and it’s a common symptom of flu.

A pale complexion can also indicate anemia ─ caused by LOW IRON LEVELS.

This is particularly common among women

Solution: If your pale complexion is due to low iron, add iron-rich foods such as lean meats, chicken, fish, legumes and whole grains to your diet.

Skin Type #3: Flaky or spotty skin

Wind and high-altitude sun can give you windburn and chapped, flaky skin.

Spotty skin may indicate your diet needs help, although there’s no concrete evidence that junk food causes spots.

A chocolate bar now and again won’t have an impact on your complexion ─ but if you are only eating junk food, YOUR skin may suffer.

Solution: Protect your skin by using sunscreen. If you suspect your diet is a problem and your gut is struggling to cope with too much unhealthy food, try probiotic supplements that contain friendly bacteria that keep your gut healthy.

BOOST your intake of fatty acids to help reduce inflammation, and cut back on alcohol as it can irritate and dehydrate skin.

Skin Type #4: Rosy skin

In some monkeys, a red face signals health and fertility to a potential mate.

It’s similar for people.

A rosy complexion suggests good health.

To add luster to your complexion you need essential fatty acids in your diet.

Solution: Eat good fats such as fish, olive oil, canola oil, avocado, nuts and seeds to improve the elasticity and luster of your skin.

Exercise is important too. It only takes 30 minutes of physical activity on most days of the week to improve fitness, which should also help blood and oxygen flow to your cheeks.

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  1. Travis Denning says

    This should keep many aware of how to identify their complexion for possible setbacks in their diets and other determining factors…

  2. Greg Schiano says

    I often make the mistake of not increasing my intake of water, dehydration is a factor to dry/flaky skin.

  3. Cordelia says

    Every morning I have lemon with a warm cup of water, leaves me feeling vibrant

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