There’s no shortage of lotions and other “potions” for great-looking skin, but why not build lovely skin from the inside out through your diet? If you’re interested in this approach, then here are some foods that your skin loves to savor.
Avocados: Packed with healthy fats, vitamins, minerals and other nourishing nutrients, avocados are rich in the coenzyme biotin, which helps to make skin look more vibrant and to make hair thicker and stronger. In short, avocados can improve the appearance of your skin. Interestingly, the avocado oil is not only hydrating, but is also full of plant sterols, which serve to fade age spots. Likewise, avocado oil is similar to the natural oils found in human skin.
Dark Green Veggies: Go green for that sheen! Veggies such as spinach and kale are filled with lutein, which is an antioxidant that can boost skin elasticity. Greens also contain skin-protecting carotenes that protect the skin from cellular damage and from premature aging. Additionally, they help to replenish your skin by shedding old skin cells and replacing them with new, healthy skin cells.
Kombucha: This fizzy, fermented beverage can help to improve the texture and tone of skin, while it also can brighten and clarify it over the long haul. Why these effects? Kombucha is known to be a great detoxifier; therefore, the skin—the body’s larges organ—can benefit from the detoxifying and cleansing powers of kombucha.
C-H-O-C-O-L-A-T-E: That’s right: chocolate. It sounds too good to be true, but cocoa, which contains antioxidants called flavonols, can make skin appear smoother, according to a study published in the Journal of Nutrition. Likewise, those same flavonols in dark chocolate can also help to protect the skin from sun damage.
Almonds and Brazil Nuts: Almonds—including their skins—are rich in vitamin E, which is known to support skin health and to prevent skin wrinkles. A study in the Journal of Nutrition says that the vitamin E and blioflavonoids in almonds help to guard skin cells from oxidative damage. Additionally, almonds help to fight dry skin. Likewise, Brazil nuts, packed with selenium, help to firm up and increase the elasticity of skin. The selenium content is also helpful in protecting the skin from sun damage, while Brazil nuts’ zinc content helps support healthy production of oils in the skin—providing a vibrant glow to skin.
Wild Salmon: A powerful antioxidant called astaxanthin is what gives wild salmon its pink color and what supports healthy skin. In fact, astaxanthin is so beneficial that some have called it one of the most beneficial skin-protective nutrients in the world. Therefore, eating wild salmon can boost astaxanthin levels in your body and support the health and vibrancy of your skin. And don’t forget that wild salmon is also high in omega-3s, which also nourish your skin.
Pastured Eggs: A complete protein—and protein is essential for healthy skin—that is filled with a variety of fat-soluble vitamins and minerals, essential fatty acids (including omega-3s) and healthy saturated fats, pastured eggs provide nutrients your skin will love! Additionally, like avocados, pastured eggs have high amounts of biotin as well as carotenoids and vitamin D—which also support healthy, radiant skin.
So, go ahead and enjoy these delicious foods for fantastic skin! You’ll love the skin you’re in—even more.