As the saying goes we are what we eat! To ensure your natural beauty radiates from within, its super important that we pay attention to foods for good skin. You may opt to invest in the most luxurious skin treatments or the best skincare products to keep your skin looking great. However, without a healthy mind and body, you may sending your money right down the gurgler. Before you buy the next must have product, take a look inside your fridge and pantry. You may find the best way to healthy glowing skin is to eat your way through foods that are jam packed with skin-loving nutrients! Can this really be true?
Does the food you eat affect the appearance of your skin?
The short answer is yes!
The cells in our body, most particularly skin cells, continuously shed and regenerate on a daily basis. In order for the old skin cells to be replaced with healthier ones, they would require a steady flow of essential nutrients to ensure that the new cells are in great condition. These essential nutrients come from the food we eat. As we grow older, our body’s ability to regenerate cells naturally decline. This is why being mindful of our diet becomes more important as we get older. If you’re ready to super charge your daily diet up for better, clearer healthier skin, here are some foods you may want to add to your meal planner!
Avocados have good fats essential for healthy skin
Avocados are rich in healthy fatty acids that are essential for the skin. The good fats in avocados have fantastic anti-inflammatory properties and are wonderfully moisturizing. It’s no wonder many skincare and cosmetic products include avocado oil in their ingredients. They are perfect for inside and out!
Try an avocado and watermelon salad for a delish light snack or appetizing side dish. Watermelon is also rich in vitamins and nutrients beneficial for the skin so this mixture would definitely be perfect as a skin pick me up. Super easy and quick to do! All you need is to mix slices of avocado, feta or fresh goat cheese, watermelon and cucumber. Add salt and pepper to taste and some mint for an extra refreshing flavor!
Green tea is full of antioxidants and great for your complexion
Considered a “wonder drink”, green tea is fully packed with nutrients and antioxidants that help the skin (and body, in general) stay healthy and strong. It has exquisite properties that promote cell repair – a crucial process that the skin needs for it experiences damage daily.
Try a soothing cup of hot green tea with cinnamon and ginger instead of a coffee first thing in the morning. This drink gives you a healthy boost of energy as it frees your body from toxins thanks to its rich antioxidant content. You only need to add hot water to your cup of green tea, a quarter teaspoon of minced ginger and one cinnamon stick for extra spice. To add sweetness to your drink, you may add a tablespoon of honey.
Fermented foods (Yogurt, Sauerkraut, Kimchi) boost your immune system and are great for skin health
The process of fermentation involved in making yoghurt, sauerkraut, kimchi) makes the food develop a good amount of probiotics, also known as ‘healthy bacteria’. Probiotics boost our body’s immune system and also helps skin cells develop a stronger barrier to protect itself against damage. Try introducing a fermented food into your diet at least twice a week. Great for the gut and for your skin!
Thinking of a healthy dessert? Try adding chia seeds, strawberries and kiwi to your yogurt! Or a chia coconut pudding which is vegan friendly. Delicious and so good for you too!
Tomatoes are a super source of vitamins and one of the best foods for skin
Tomatoes are abundant in antioxidants and high in vitamins which all help with cell repair. There are so many ways to enjoy tomatoes! For something healthy and scrumptious for dinner, try stuffed tomatoes with quinoa rice and herbs. Just mix herbs like rosemary, dried parsley, brussels sprouts and golden flax seeds, along with your cooked quinoa and stuff it in the tomatoes. Bake them in the oven for 20 minutes and they’re ready to go!
There are so many super skin food recipes out there why not share your favorite one with us. Leave a comment, we’d love to hear from you!