When it comes to healthy skin, what you eat really matters. In addition to staying hydrated, using safe skincare products and wearing sunscreen, make sure you get plenty of these foods in your diet for glowing, healthy skin.
Probiotics do more than just heal your gut, they boost the production of ceramides (healthy fats in skin) and aid recovery from exposure to UV rays.
Among berries, these have some of the highest amounts of antioxidants, giving protection against free-radical damage from pollution and the sun. Keep a stash of frozen blueberries in your freezer so they're ready to go into a smoothie.
A high concentration of vitamin E (a powerful antioxidant) helps skin stay smooth and plump. Sprinkle chopped walnuts on lunchtime salads or your morning cereal. See recipe for walnut vinaigrette below.
Natural sweeteners are much better for skin than refined sugar or artificial sweetners. The latter can also cause hormonal imbalances, leading to inflammation. Honey is an especially sweet choice because it's antibacterial and anti-inflammatory.
Simply put, the darker the green, the better. Kale is packed with vitamins (A, B, C and K) and beta carotene, which increases cell turnover, tightens and detoxifies. Make a kale salad, saute it with garlic or roast it to make kale chips.
Omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation. They also help create a strong, protective skin barrier. Use avocado on toast or make a guacamole for a dip with crudité.
7. Citrus fruits
Anything with vitamin C is very beneficial to the skin It reduces dark spots, helps with collagen production and brightens overall skin tone.
The enzymes smooth out imperfections to deliver a luminous and the seeds are a good source of zinc. Add canned pumpkin to a smoothie or oatmeal for an instant dose of this healthy food.
Chocolate for your skin? Yes, really, as long as it's dark (70 percent cacao or higher). The polyphenols repair damaged skin and restore elasticity.
10. Green tea
It's loaded with antioxidants, which protect from free radicals that can damage the skin
Beauty Recipe: Walnut Vinaigrette
Beauty Tip: Make a superfood salad with a base of green leafy veggies every day. Add kale leaves, avocado, pumpkin seeds, blueberries and a healthy drizzle of this walnut vinaigrette to "beautify" your salad!
- 1⁄4 cup raisins
- 1⁄4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1⁄2 cup water
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard (I like Grey Poupon)
- 1 garlic clove, chopped
- 1⁄4 teaspoon thyme
- 1⁄4 cup walnuts, chopped
Place all ingredients in a high speed blender or food processor.