Recently, I’ve become pretty interested in learning about what different foods can do for my body. Being informed about what I’m eating not only makes me appreciate my food more, but it also helps me to make better about what goes on my plate. The more I learn about the incredible benefits (we’re talking vitamins, minerals, all that good stuff) of eating different fruits, veggies, grains, and proteins, the less I feel tempted by the not-so-good stuff. As a result, I feel more “balanced” than I have in months.
So, because I love sharing everything I learn with you guys, today’s post is about five foods that have one thing in common: they are amazing for you skin. While we could talked about sources of omega-3s or vitamin B-12 (so important), I ’m focusing on skin because its a topic I feel is, from a nutritional standpoint, extremely neglected. When it comes to healing our skin- from dryness, eczema, acne, or anything in between- we are so quick to use topical treatments that we rarely consider an inside-out approach. And while I’m not saying ditch the face wash and cream, it is possible to supplement all of that by including certain foods in your diet. Below, a few of my favorites:
That’s right, the funky green stuff mom tried to make you eat as a kid is seriously good for your skin. It’s rich in vitamin A, which strengthens your skin, and contains plant compounds that are said to help give your skin that healthy glow.
Kiwis are probably one of my favorite fruits, so I love hat they’re also a complexion-booster. Kiwis are packed with vitamin C, which stimulates collagen synthesis. This process helps keep the skin smooth, and also helps combat dryness.
+ Dark Chocolate
I know, I know…as we needed another reason to love dark chocolate! This luxurious treat contains plant compounds called cocoa flavanols, which helps hydrate the skin and promotes good circulation. So, does this mean I can say my nightly chocolate fix is “part of my skincare regime”…? 😉
+ Green Tea
I recently broke up with my beloved English Breakfast tea. Even though I feel better for having cut it out of my diet, I do miss the routine of a warm mug every morning. I’ve been toying with the idea of trying green tea, and this info has me convinced: Green tea is proven to help improve skin’s elasticity and texture, as well as prevent sun damage. Consider me sold.
Okay, it’s not technically a food, but water is essential- I repeat, essential– to a healthy complexion. It keeps your skin hydrated, which is key to achieving that bright, rosy glow we all aspire to. Not only that, but staying hydrated though out your entire body is kind of important to, um, life. So chug the water, guys. You won’t be sorry.