Did you know that you can give your skincare products a power-boost by eating foods that are good for your skin? Nourish your skin with these complexion-perfectors and watch your glow grow from the inside out:
- FRUITS AND VEGGIES: You know they’re great for you, but how do fruits and veggies transform your skin? The answer lies in the powerful antioxidants contained in most fruits and vegetables.
Blueberries, sweet potatoes, carrots, broccoli, spinach or kale, and strawberries are all effective foods for healthy skin. Tomatoes contain the heavy-hitter Lycopene, which enhances your skin’s self-healing capabilities. And don’t forget the oranges: vitamin C is an absolute necessity for collagen production. Orange you amazed by the way our bodies work?
- NUTS: Brazil nuts and walnuts contain selenium, which is suggested to protect against sun damage, skin cancer, and age spots. Vitamin E, found in almonds and hazelnuts, protects skin from cell damage. When you see how these nutrients polish your skin, you’ll go nuts.
- HEALTHY FATS: Avocados, oily fish, coconut, and seed butters are great sources of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, which moisturize your skin from within. It’s like a hydration sandwich…you need moisture-rich oils on top of AND beneath your skin.
- FISH: Salmon, mackerel, tuna, and even oysters contain anti-inflammatory Omega-3s, which fight irritation and acne. Salmon is also a source of dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE), which prevents premature aging by strengthening cell membranes. There’s nothing fishy about fighting signs of aging with a fresh salmon filet.
- EGGS: Egg yolk is a natural source of biotin, also called “the beauty vitamin.” Biotin is great for hair and nails, but it also protects skin from acne and dryness. Scramble ‘em up to keep your own shell from cracking.
- WHOLE GRAINS: Foods that are good for your skin, like oatmeal and whole-grain bread, rank lower on the glycemic index than other carbs. This minimizes the impact of blood sugar fluctuation on your skin. Oats are high in fiber, which feeds your gut GOOD bacteria. As strange as it may sound, a microbiome flourishing with diverse bacteria can ease bothersome skin conditions. These grains are a “whole”-in-one.
- DARK CHOCOLATE: Sometimes good things come in DELICIOUS packages. The antioxidants in your daily dose of dark chocolate can protect your skin from oxidative stress. Dark chocolate even contains prebiotics and probiotics for a healthy gut. Sweet tooth AND skin satiated? That’s a win-win.
Eat like a skin expert all day long
Try our favorite recipes to pack skin essentials into each meal.
My Favorite Green Smoothie
By Dana Shultz [Minimalist Baker]
Get glowing from the inside-out with this clean, healthy and filling breakfast smoothie, packed with fruits, veggies, and nutrient-rich peanut (or almond) butter!
Avocado Toast with Eggs, Spinach, and Tomatoes
By Maria Lichty [Two Peas & Their Pod]
Beautiful, healthy skin starts with the way we nourish our bodies. This quick and delicious avocado toast recipe will satisfy your belly AND bring out the good from within. Not to mention, it’s great for any time of the day!
Walnut-Crusted Salmon Sheet-pan Dinner
By Rachel Gurk [Rachel Cooks]
Nothing beats a healthy and wholesome supper—especially when it doesn’t involve cooking over the stove. We love this brain-boosting baked salmon recipe dressed up with chopped walnuts and a kiss of maple syrup.
Chocolate-Almond-Coconut Dessert Clusters
By Martha Stewart [Martha Stewart]
Did someone say DESSERT? Eating skin-healthy ingredients won’t deprive you of life’s tastier pleasures. Try this quick and easy chocolate cluster recipe for the perfect, protein-packed snack to satisfy your sweet tooth.