Spring is traditionally the season when we start to bare more bodily skin. After several months of rich, heavy, comforting foods and little sunlight exposure, our skin is often in need of some serious attention though. Beauty starts from the inside out, so look at your diet first and the best foods to eat for beautiful skin.
Your skin is the last organ in your body to receive nutrients from the food you consume. So, to bring on a natural radiance you want to eat really well.
What to eat for beautiful skin
Here are some foods to eat for beautiful skin and a healthy glow.
1. Consume a cocktail of beta-carotene foods
Fruits and veggies containing beta-carotenes are packed with what’s considered to be anti-aging antioxidants. Sweet potatoes, squash, carrots, kale, spinach, red and yellow peppers, tomatoes and mangoes all fall into this category. Prepare yourself plenty of salads and side dishes to get your quota.
2. Eat foods rich in vitamin C
Vitamin C foods such as, strawberries, raspberries, grapefruits, oranges, and kiwis promote radiant skin and fight wrinkles. Try drinking a glass of water with fresh lemon juice every morning. Lemons are very high in vitamin C and also help to gently cleanse your system.
3. Dark leafy greens
Dark leafy greens like broccoli, kale and cabbage contain chlorophyll and magnesium, which can help fight dark circles under the eyes and brighten overall skin tone.
4. Beautiful skin needs to be watered
Not only is it important to drink plenty of water, you also want to consume moisture-rich foods. This will help your skin stay radiant, supple and glowing. Try including a range of these refreshing veggies and fruit in your diet - cucumbers, courgettes, celery, pineapple, melon, cherries and apples. Yum, yum! They're such thirst quencher foods too.
Talking of moisture, watercress is not only high in water it also contains a host of vitamins and minerals, all of can do wonders for your skin appearance and elasticity. Watercress has an anti-inflammatory, cooling and soothing effect on the skin, which can be beneficial for rosacea sufferers or any other conditions known to cause redness of the skin.
6. Brazil nuts
Brazil nuts are a rich source of selenium, an essential mineral that helps to protect the skin from sun damage and preserve its stretchiness. These nuts along with almonds and sunflower seeds are also high in vitamin E, promoting healthy circulation and ultimately a healthier glow.
7. Consume enough omega-3 fatty acids
Omega 3 fatty acids reduce the tendency for dryness, keeping you looking and feeling revitalised throughout the day. They also help to boost your skin's ability to make and repair new skin cells. Omega 3 fatty acids aren't so easy to obtain from our diet, but you should find some in salmon, tuna, anchovies, avocado, olive oil, almonds and walnuts. If you would like to take a high quality omega 3 supplement, I recommend BiOmega and you can find it here.
8. Olives and extra virgin olive oil
Olives and extra virgin olive oil possess unique antioxidant phytochemicals found naturally in plants. While we’re aware of the heart health benefits of this amazing fruit, it can also have an anti-inflammatory effect on our skin.
Olive's youth-boosting properties can aid in the prevention of collagen and elastin loss. These proteins allow our skin to resume shape after stretching or contracting.
I hope that's given you some ideas for your skinfood shopping trip.
When shopping for produce it’s best to buy in season and local. These fruits and veggies should contain more nutrients than the produce that has been harvested early and with air miles. To reduce your toxin intake from the chemicals sprayed on plant-based foods, always choose organic if you can.
If you want to improve your skin appearance through better nutrition and wellness, check out my 30-Day Fabulously Healthy plan. It's everything you need to get you glowing, keep you well and help you stay motivated.
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