Sometimes the best way to heal your skin issues is with what’s in your kitchen, not your bathroom cupboard. More and more studies are finding links between certain nutrients and wrinkle reduction, radiance, and acne prevention, so it’s no surprise that more people are stocking their fridge and pantry with foods for clear, healthy skin. Here’s a few that are easy to get your hands on and keep on your shopping list for when you’re running low. Here’s to looking and feeling good!
Keeping a stash of walnuts at your desk or in your gym bag not only helps you stave off hunger, it keeps your skin looking great! Walnuts contain omega-3 essential fatty acids, which can improve skin’s elasticity. The nuts are also loaded with copper, a mineral that boosts collagen production. Improve your complexion’s texture with this recipe for Endive, Grapefruit, and Walnut salad and get loads of other nutrients and flavor!
Yes, you read that right! Chocolate can help your skin woes, but it has to be at least 70% cacao to maximum skincare benefits. Cocoa hydrates your skin, making it firmer and more supple. And dark chocolate contains high levels of flavonols, a potent type of antioxidant. For our favorite healthy chocolate recipes, click here and indulge your sweet tooth while improving your skin.
One of our favorite smoothie ingredients, Greek yogurt is a protein powerhouse and helps your skin look great. The protein you get from eating Greek yogurt helps skin become firmer, so it’s more resistant to lines Greek yogurt is especially beneficial. Eat a single serving daily to make your complexion smoother. Try some of our favorite recipes that use Greek yogurt like Skinny Spinach Artichoke Dip at your next party!
While the color of beets might make a pretty lipstick color, they also have skin-clearing properties to keep the rest of your face looking good. The purple roots are particularly high in vitamin A, potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium, and vitamin E, which is essential for epidermal health and healing. All of these nutrients make a potent all-round body cleanser, helping to eliminate toxins from the body and lower cholesterol too. Sounds like a win-win to us! Try our Salad with Beets, Oranges, and Walnuts for a skincare trio that tastes delicious!
If you suffer from acne, it might be worth adding some of your favorite raw nuts to your diet. Deficiencies in minerals such as zinc and selenium have been linked to acne in some sufferers, which is why nuts – in particular pumpkin seeds and Brazil nuts – are a good, healthy snack that can help alleviate this annoying skin issue. Selenium helps to actively increase the number of infection-fighting white blood cells in the body and strengthens their fighting power, while vitamin E, copper, magnesium, manganese, potassium, calcium and iron are all important for skin health and function. Blend them in your oatmeal or toss them on salads to get some in your diet today!
Whatever foods you choose to add to your diet, know that you’re doing something not just for your skin health, but your overall health!