Back to basics.

Author:Ray, Emily
Position:Natural beauty
 
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It's that time of year again. The kids have headed back to school, many with a renewed sense of commitment to the basics. A good breakfast, front row scat in Algebra class and doing homework right after school are all practices that help encourage strong performance in school. Developing good habits early in the year is much easier than playing catch-up when grades get out of control.

The same principal applies to skin and hair care. Keeping the following three basics in mind can help minimize the chance of your skin being plagued by out-of-control acne or your hair falling limp and lifeless. As usual, none of the tips here require a great deal of time or financial investment. The hardest part is simply developing each as a habit.

EAT RIGHT

That good breakfast won't just help you ace your history test or that presentation with the boss's boss's boss. The age-old edict "cat healthy and drink lots of water" is so simple, and yet we manage to have trouble with it. A healthy diet (read: stay away from the saturated fat and sugar!) truly helps keep your skin clear. Staying hydrated helps with skin texture. Pull this list out and take it with you on your next shopping trip. Even adding one extra piece of fruit and one extra liter of water a day will make a tremendous difference in the texture and appearance of your skin.

HEALTHY SKIN SHOPPING LIST

Asparagus or onions: These veggies have a high sulfur content which helps to keep skin youthful looking.

Bananas, lemons or grapefruit: Yellow fruits contain beta-carotene, an essential ingredient for tissue regeneration.

High-fiber choices: Whole wheat instead of white bread, spinach instead of iceberg lettuce. Choosing foods high in fiber is the smartest "diet trick" of all. Not only do they keep you full, but they facilitate detoxification in a way nothing else can. My husband and I both get on our "Eat high-fiber!" soapbox, perhaps more than we should, but it's only because this is the easiest (and most flavorful) way to stay healthy.

Good water: Make sure you get your water from a trusted source. Chlorine, fluoride, and other chemicals often make it into public water supplies. My philosophy is, if I wouldn't eat it spread on a cracker, Fm not going to drink it. Aim for at least two liters of clean water a day (unless it's hot or you're exercising--then make it three).

CLEANSE PROPERLY

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