You might roll your eyes at the phrase “beauty starts on the inside,” or “you are what you eat”. However, while ideal health and happiness cannot be found in a diet or a exercise routine, it may well be found in a jar! What we eat and drink and put into our bodies has a direct impact on our skin, which is why consuming a diet chock full of healthy fats, amino acids, anti-inflammatories, and don’t forget those antioxidants can literally turn your visage from puffly, dull, wrinkled, and droopy to radiant, taunt, fresh, and glowing.
These superfoods do wonders for you complexion:
Vitamin C is an oft featured ingredient in skin care products, but it’s also a natural component of lemons. Despite their pucker-producing taste, lemons are actually an alkalizing fruit, meaning they balance out the acidic pH in our bodies, which is so often the prime source of skin inflammation, irritation, and sensitivity. Lemons help keep a balanced pH by alkalizing the blood and undoing the damage caused by consuming fast foods, alcohol and caffeinated beverages. Alkalizing foods, like lemons, also encourage elastin and collagen production, which gets us closer to those firm, glowing skin goals.
We already know that avocados are an excellent source of “good” fats. Despite their green, dimpled skin, these fruits (yes, fruits) are loaded with skin-regenerating mono- and polyunsaturated fatty acids, namely in the form of oleic acid, or omega 9s and carotenoids, a type of antioxidant that eradicates free radical damage. If you’ve read the back of a sunscreen bottle in the past decade, you know that free radicals are the nasty business that damages and ages skin. However, the healthy fats and antioxidants in avocados repair damaged skin cells, lower inflammation, redness, and promote elasticity and deep hydration in the top layer of skin, known as the epidermal layer.
If you suffer from skin inflammation, or worse, rosacea or eczema, turmeric should be a part of your daily diet. This bright orange spice is a powerful and natural anti-inflammatory, so a week sprinkle in your morning latte or smoothie brightens complexion, reduces fatigue, and lessens puffiness, particularly around the eyes and in the T-zone (around the nose and cheeks).
4. Fatty fish
Protein-packed and omega-3 potent filets, such as salmon, herring, mackerel, and sardines are full of the good fat that skin loves. For instance, oily fish features a ton of polyunsaturated fatty acids, which eradicate nasty toxins, repair sun damage, restore moisture, and safeguard against free radical sun exposure.