“Be Good To Your Skin. You’ll Wear It Everyday For The Rest Of Your Life.”
Let’s Blog Over That Glow…
That old saying that beauty starts within is actually pretty accurate when it comes to your skin. Since we are what we eat, it’s no surprise that diet and beauty go hand-in-hand. Foods that promote a healthy, balanced lifestyle also promote youthful-looking skin and can help keep you looking radiant from the inside, out.
Here are my favorite foods that give me my youthful look, and glowing skin:
Avocado is just as good for your complexion as it is for your recipes. Avocados contain healthy fats that work to keep skin flexible and moisturized. Monounsaturated fatty acids keep the surface of your skin moist, while polyunsaturated fatty acids guard the skin from sun damage. Plus, they are packed with antioxidants like vitamin C, vitamin E, and carotenoids, which help protect against free radical damage. In other words, load up on the millennial-beloved fruit for skin hydration and radiant glow.
Pasta lovers, rejoice! A study by researchers at Manchester and Newcastle Universities found that eating five tablespoons of tomato paste daily helped improve the skin’s ability to protect against harmful UV rays, thanks to the antioxidant lycopene (AKA what makes the tomato its signature red shade). You know from your mom telling you to wear SPF that UV-protection does not only help prevent more serious conditions like skin cancer, but can also protect against signs of premature aging and dark spots, making anything that might protect against UV-damage officially a beauty food. Why tomato paste, you ask? Because cooking tomatoes increases their lycopene levels.
I LOVE lemons. So many great benefits, and if you didn’t know lemon juice is packed with vitamin C. Vitamin C helps produce collagen, and works as an antioxidant to neutralize free radicals that can damage our cells. Hello supple, smooth skin! Bonus: It’s acidic, so it helps balance pH Levels. This is beneficial for your complexion, because when pH levels are out of whack, the skin can become sensitive, irritated, or acne-prone.
You all know I’m a sucker for leafy greens. Both kale and spinach are rich in a variety of potent antioxidants that help reduce skin inflammation. Also, greens like collard greens, spinach, and kale contain zeaxanthin, which is an antioxidant which helps balance and level out skin tone.
I swear by fatty fish like salmon for skin hydration and glow. Omega-3s and collagen help retain moisture in the skin, nourishing it from the inside out. Seafood is rich in both omega-3s and collagen. Eating oily fish like salmon and tuna at least twice a week will help lower your risk of dry, cracked skin.