Skin care creams seem to be getting more and more expensive these days and filled with less and less natural products. I don’t know about you but I have a hard time handing over $100 for 4oz of cream no matter what the promises are. I haven’t always taken a natural approach to beauty but I have found that switching up my diet and making sure I am eating certain things has given me the result I was looking for without breaking the bank. Lets be real, I am a girl on a budget and spend my money wisely. I am also a girl who believes that beauty is an inside to outside transformation.
Skin is often totted as being a great indicator of someones health and diet. If the skin is smooth, moisturized and glowing chances are you are eating a diet rich in whole foods. If your skin is dull, covered in acne or discolored chances are you are eating a diet high in processed sugar and fat. Below is a list of my 5 favorite foods to eat for naturally healthy and beautiful skin.
1. Citrus Fruits
All citrus, including lemons, limes, oranges and grapefruits are super high in vitamin C. Look at the ingredients of most skin care creams and chances are in contians vitamin C. That is becuase this vitamin helps the body produce collegan which is fundmental for the basic structure of your skin. The production in your body slows as you age so it becomes increasingly important to make sure you are getting enough Vitamin C. Cherries and tomatoes are other great sources. Some say that Vitamin C also helps fight inflammation which would decrease the damage caused by free radicals that prematurely age you skin. Also try bell peppers and sprouts.
2. Leafy Greens and Red-Orange Vegtables
Did you know that the skin is your largest organ? Have you heard about the importance of eating leafy greens for over all health? It makes sense that what is good for your whole body and overall health would have benefits for your skin. Orange-red vegetables like tomatoes, carrots and sweet potatoes are high in beta-carotene and help the body produce vitamin A, an antioxident that helps fight cell damage and premature aging. Leafy greens like kale, spinach and collards are naturally high in vitamin A and helps with regenerative cell growth in the skin and to eliminate old dead cells to keep your skin look fresh and alive.
All nuts are great but almonds and walnuts are particulary high in Vitamin E, an antioxident that battles sking-againg free radicals and protects the skin from UV-sunlight damage. Many moisturizers contain vitamin E because of its ability to relieve dryness and retaining moisture so adding it to your diet through whole foods is a fantastic and affordable way to have healthy skin. Some studies suggest that eating vitamin e with selenium because together they enhance the antioxidant abilities. Try eating alomonds with oatmeal, cottage cheese or eggs. Also, brazil nuts are a great source of both.
Aside form being one of my favorite foods avocados are packed with healthy skin benefits. They are loaded, I mean loaded with omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins A, D and E which all provide the skin with intensely deep mositure. Avocado oil can be used to soothe sunburns and is thought to help boost collagen production and treat age spots. I eat about one whole avocado a day.
Steel-cut or whole rolled oats are full of vitamin and skin calming benefits. Many know the benefits of taking a bath with honey and oatmeal if you have dry, itchy and irritated skin. Eating oatmeal can also have the same benefits by lessening irritation and inflammation. Because whole grain oats take longer to digest due to their fiber content it keeps your blood sugar levels low. This is important because studies show that high blood sugar increases the bodies levels of androgens which are homornes that contribute to wrinkles.
Try to eat something from this list everyday. Add lemon to water or use as a salad dressings, snack on an orange or grapfruit. Put leafy greens in smoothies or as the base for a salad. Add avocados to eggs, toast or salads, have oatmeal for breakfast or toss it in a smoothie. Try nuts as a snack to maintain energy through out the work day. My skin is not perfect but I love it considering how little I have to take care of it by ensuring I eat whole foods. I dont wear makeup most days and my skin feels healthy and beautiful. Glow from the inside out!
Also don’t forget to drink tons of water to stay hydrated and help purify the body, get plenty of sleep each night and wear sunscreen everyday, rain or shine!
What are your favorite healthy skin tricks?