Thursday, August 14, 2014

Good (for your skin) Food

Ever hear the phrase "You are what you eat?" Personally I'm more acquainted with the idea you are what you drink as a fun theme party from college, but I digress. While I'm not 100% convinced that certain foods are the answer to flawless skin I do believe in the benefits that some nutrients can deliver. Your body does a much better job absorbing vitamins and nutrients from fresh fruits and vegetables versus taking vitamin capsules. After some thorough research I've put together a list of some good for your skin foods to share today!

Avocados. These guys are full of omega fatty acids that helps skin to look supple and and radiant. This same component helps to lessen any inflammation and redness you may have and can even help heal acne from the inside out. As an added bonus avocado applied directly to the skin is also super hydrating and whipping half an avocado with a spoonful of honey makes a great moisturizing face mask.

Spinach. The bane of children everywhere is actually packed with nutrients for your skin. It is full of vitamin E which helps protect cell membranes and guard against UV damage, but it doesn't stop there. This delicious veggie also has beta carotene which is converted to vitamin A in the body which aids in the growth and repair of skin tissue!

Cucumbers. You know the age old trick of cucumber slices to reduce puffiness but did you know that snacking on them will help with oily skin? Cucumbers are packed with water and a great source of silica, a mineral that helps strengthen skin that in turn will help it absorb the excess moisture and oil it produces.

Berries. The answer to those spidery red veins of broken capillaries lies in blueberries, mulberries, and cranberries. These little guys are antioxidant powerhouses that are packed with skin loving nutrients such as vitamin A and C, anthocyanin and ellagic acid. The combination of these nutrients helps lessen free radical damages and fights inflammation and collagen breakdown.

Cooked Tomatoes. Armed with a heavy dose of lycopene, cooked tomatoes will help skin stay youthful and blemish free. This antioxidant helps fight the effects of UV damage and it's full potential is unlocked as tomatoes are cooked through.

Watermelon. High in both beta carotene and vitamin C this is a great snack for good skin. Vitamin C is naturally occurring in skin and the extra boost of it aids in the collagen production and protects the cells from free radical damage. Maintaining vitamin C in your diet is important in keeping your skin clear and plump. 

What are some of your skin secret super foods?

1 comment:

  1. Great post! Most of these are already staples in my diet, so it's nice to know that my skin is reaping some bonus benefits :)