I am not a nutritional expert. I’m not even really interested in nutrition, because I usually let my intuition guide me when it comes to foods. But when it comes to skin care, you can actually make your skin look a lot better if you eat specific foods that nurture your skin from the inside. So, I have made a list of foods for anyone who is interested in bringing health, well-being and skin care together.
Water – of course! Water is the most important thing on your list of foods/drinks that affect the skin. If you hydrate properly, the skin will benefit too. So, drink lots of water, but not too much. You don’t want to flush out too many minerals, because that will make you dehydrated even if you drink plenty. So, use your intuition on this one…
Protein – Protein is important for building collagen and elastin. Collagen and elastin is what holds your skin together and makes it elastic, plump and young looking. So, a good source of protein is necessary as a building block.
Walnuts and sardines – these are rich in healthy fatty acids, especially omega 3’s, which are anti-inflammatory and prevent dryness and eczema
Leafy greens and berries – these are full of antioxidants that prevent sun damage from free radicals, and can also repair the skin. I actually add antioxidants to many of my products to assist the skin from the outside as well. The rosewater toner and the cream foundation are good examples of products rich in antioxidants.
Green tea – green tea has many uses. It can turn up your metabolism and help you lose weight, and it contains polyphenols, which make the skin more elastic. And, of course, it also contains antioxidants, so I use green tea in many of my products.
Tomatoes – these contain lycopene, which is one of the main things that can actually reduce cellulite!!! And, it also improves the skin’s natural SPF.
Dark Chocolate – Yes, chocolate is actually good for you! It can hydrate your skin, increase circulation and lessen rough scaly skin.
Olive Oil and Coconut Oil – the skin needs good fatty acids to stay healthy. So, don’t be afraid to add healthy fats to your diet.
Avocado oil – this is the best oil for frying. It can handle up to 500 degrees before it turns toxic, and it has a very mild flavor, so this has become my favorite cooking oil…
So, these are healthy foods with skin benefits. Spring is the perfect time to start eating lighter, such as fruits and vegetables and less processed foods. My philosophy has always been that if you take good care of yourself, you’ll last longer. And if you can keep yourself healthy and happy, you can radiate youthfulness and feel really good about yourself! So enjoy your fresh foods. Your skin will thank you…
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