When you think about caring for your skin, facial cleansers, sunscreens, and moisturizers are probably the first things that come to mind. But why not start from the inside out?
With a few additions or alterations to the foods you eat, you can improve your skin's health (as well as your body's health, too!) Below are a few delicious "superfoods" to get your skin glowing and healthy - naturally.
The USDA has deemed blueberries rich in antioxidants, which help to fight against premature aging.
Delicious and super easy to find when they're in season, blueberries are great to eat raw, in yogurt, on cereal, and are all-around a great on-the-go snack. Try incorporating half a cup of blueberries into your meals and snacks for an antioxidant boost.
Like other popular health foods such as salmon, flaxseed contains omega-3 fatty acids, which help skin lock in moisture.
You can find cereals in the natural foods section of grocery stores that contain flaxseed (my personal favorite is Kashi cereal), or you can buy raw flaxseeds to eat with yogurt, use in baking, or even put in hummus.
An amazingly healthy on-the-go snack, almonds are packed full of vitamin E, which is essential for giving skin that "glowing" look. Vitamin E also helps to repair skin tissue and maintain skin moisture.
Unsalted almonds are great raw (toss a small bag of them into your tote for a perfect midday snack), but can also be added to salads or mixed with fruits for trail mix.
Not only does green tea contain antioxidants, but it helps fight off skin disorders like warts and rosacea. Green tea is also an anti-inflammatory. In short, it's fabulous for your body and your skin.
Try out green tea as a substitute for coffee (it contains caffeine). After steeping your tea, place the tea bags on your eyes or irritated skin to take down swelling and redness.
Spinach has always held the bad reputation for being a "gross" vegetable. But, as always, your mom was right - you should eat your spinach, for the good of your body and for a beauty boost! Spinach not only contains vitamins E, B, and C, but it also has lutein, which makes for healthy, "sparkly" eyes.
Substitute spinach for lettuce in salads or use it to cook with in other dishes like soups or omelets.
What Do You Think?
Do you eat certain foods to help keep your skin healthy? If so, what are your recommendations? Does your diet influence how your skin looks? What are your favorite "super foods" to eat? Let us know what you think in a comment!