Our skin is the precious exterior of our bodies that we are constantly trying to shield from the harmful effects of everyday life. Yes, soaps, scrubs, and other treatments we apply on top of our skin can help do the trick, but the real secret is what we put in our bodies. What we consume on a daily basis can make or break our skin in a huge way. Here are a few of our favorites that will help lead you on the path to the soft, glowing complexion you’ve been waiting for. This time around, head to the grocery store instead of the cosmetics counter!
You’ve probably heard about the green juice trend. What you might not know is that this drink—with ingredients like kale, parsley, and spinach—packs a heavy punch of pH-balancing alkaline foods leaving you with clear, radiant skin.
Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids have a positive effect on everything from your heart to your mental health. Indulging in omega-3s, found in wild salmon, helps contain moisture by filling up the lipids in your skin. The result is flexible and supple skin.
Mix up your salad repertoire by adding watercress as a base. The nutrient-rich green is packed with antioxidants and minerals such as manganese, carotene, and potassium. Its high water content makes it a natural diuretic, where it can nourish your skin while helping cleanse the body of toxins and excess fluid.
The antioxidant lycopene that’s found in tomatoes acts as an internal sunscreen by neutralizing and blocking the harmful effects of UV light. Lycopene makes tomatoes an anti-aging superfood (something we as women are always looking for!) by fighting cellular damage and the reddening of skin. Popping a few grape tomatoes as a snack will reduce the number of free radicals in your body and retain moisture in the skin.
The antioxidants and phytochemicals found in blueberries are among the highest level of any food. They neutralize free radicals, reducing cell damage and shielding skin cells. When skin cells are protected from damage and disintegration, the skin looks younger for longer!
Yes! There IS a reason to eat more chocolate. Despite what some may think, chocolate doesn’t cause acne. In fact, dark chocolate actually helps skin by increasing hydration and protecting it from sun damage. But, before you load up on Crunch bars, make sure it is at least 60% cacao and contains a high flavanol content!
Red wines are rich in polyphenols; the antioxidants that help fight skin-damaging free radicals. They protect the skin from UV light and help maintain elasticity. Polyphenols reinforce the cross-linking of collagen, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Studies show that eating low-glycemic foods result in less acne-prone skin. By eating whole grains like brown rice and whole wheat bread, and steering clear of refined carbohydrates, you will keep your insulin steady. Spikes in insulin caused by eating refined sugars may boost the production of insulin, which can result in acne.