Feeding Your Skin by Going Beyond Skincare

Things to add to your diet for Glowing Skin: Foods to incorporate that will get you there

Most of us are looking to achieve that insta-girl, no makeup, selfie-in-hard-light skin. You’ll know it when you see it. I think it’s safe to say that I’ve moved on from heavy makeup looks and evolved into a raging skincare fanatic. The goal is to have skin so glowy, that no foundation could give the illusion of such incredible-looking skin. Who doesn’t want a natural GLOW! That term “You are what you eat” really sparked thoughts of going one step further. If we push beyond the fluff of skin products to dive into the real source of truly great skin, all signs point to diet. 


Do you need something to help HYDRATE?

One month of 16 oz fresh squeezed celery juice first thing in the morning will change not only your skin but also your life.  It is beyond just hydration for your skin because it’s made of 95% water,  the antioxidants have anti-inflammatory properties that help decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and even fight eczema. Celery juice can be a bitter taste to bare for beginners. Vogue has a great celery juice recipe for any celery newbies and your skin will thank you for it! 


Do you need more GLOW?

You need to look for foods rich in vitamins A, B6, C, and E, along with Omega-3 fatty acids. That would look like a plate of salmon, broccoli, green leafy vegetables, nuts, red bell peppers, or avocado. Don’t forget to drink lots of water. When you are hydrated, you’ll visibly see a difference in your skin.


Let’s talk about UV-PROTECTION:

Be on the lookout for beta-carotene, it acts as a natural sunblock. Foods like spinach, oranges, sweet potatoes, and carrots will get this in your system. Omega 3 fatty acids also help make skin less sensitive to UV rays. But the main thing we want to look for is sulforaphane rich foods. This is found in broccoli, kale, cauliflower, bok choy, and more. It helps prevent skin cancer and protects your skin from sunburns. Tomatoes also have a great source of vitamin C and contain all of the major carotenoids, including lycopene. They ultimately lead to the prevention of UV damage and wrinkles as well. 


Is your dry skin begging for some MOISTURE?

Keep an eye out for foods high in vitamins E and D, Lutein and Zeaxanthin, and zinc. Think two words,  leafy greens. Kale, spinach, along with mushrooms and chickpeas, or even oats, all play a role in helping your skin retain moisture. In addition to having anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial properties, green tea has antioxidants that not only help with anti-aging and cancer prevention but help keep dry skin moisturized. I can’t say no to all of those benefits!


Do you need something to help REDUCE INFLAMMATION?

Ginger is what you need! A study shows that ginger has incredibly anti-inflammatory properties that aid in soothing the skin. You also want to incorporate foods high in vitamin E. Salmon, walnuts, sunflower seeds, vegetable oils, and avocado will help you get this in your diet. Eat that extra slice of avo-toast because it can help minimize inflammation. Supplements are also a great option!



But what foods are ACNE-FIGHTING?

If you’ve got acne-prone skin, cut out foods loaded in saturated fats, trans fats, dairy, and high-glycemic carbohydrates. Make the swap to foods rich in zinc, vitamins A and E, and antioxidants. That may look like leafy greens, yellow and orange fruits and veggies like carrot or sweet potatoes, tomatoes, beans, or fatty fish. Cutting out dairy specifically has made such a huge difference in my skin. It’s crazy how much food influences your complexion. 


Let’s not forget foods with ANTI-AGING properties.

Aside from its misconceived reputation, soy has so many skin benefits. One of them includes anti-aging properties. It also has isoflavones that are said to increase skin elasticity and collagen production, all while improving the visibility of wrinkles. Red grapes are also a good go-to when it comes to foods with anti-aging properties. They have a great source of resveratrol, which aids in the reduction of the effects of aging, impairing skin harming free radicals. Blueberries break down free radicals as well, helping to slow the aging process. Just throw them into smoothies or a bowl of oat and get all those amazing skin benefits. 

Skin isn't set up for a fix-all formula, oftentimes it experiences many different problems within its lifetime. Skin needs are as diverse as the world we live in: textures, oils, blemishes, and beauty marks all vary! While we should love the skin we are in, we should also take care of ourselves the way our skin takes care. Whether you’re looking to brighten your complexion, heal heavy set acne, or reduce inflammation fruits and veggies are where you should start. Read on to discover simple, cheap, and effective tips to really get the skin you’ve dreamed of by introducing antioxidants and nutrients dense foods.

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