Achieving glowing, peachy skin isn't always about skin creams and exfoliation. Sometimes, the way you feel inside, and what you put inside your body is just as important as what is on the outside. What you feel on the inside, you show on the outside - how many times have you heard that? It’s really not a cliche – if you eat a diet of low-nutrition foods, you’re not going to be glowing with health and sparkling with attraction.
In terms of skincare, what you eat really can have a hugely beneficial effect on the status of your appearance, but figuring out what is good and what isn't, can be a minefield!
There is way too much information available on out there, so to make your life easier, we’re going to narrow it down and tell you exactly what you need to eat, to chow down your way to beautiful skin! Vary these delicious foods into your diet every week, making sure you get a few every single day, and you’ll soon see the big differences in the mirror.
Not only a superfood and highly delicious, but avocados are known to help with dry skin conditions, because they are rich in biotin and vitamin E, which work to give your skin the hydration it needs. You should eat avocados for the major health benefits overall, but make your own DIY face mask with the pureed pulp and simply apply it to your face in a slow ‘patting’ fashion. Of course, avocados contain plentiful antioxidants, so when you enjoy the in your diet, you’re starving off illness, which makes you glow with health.
This one has been around for a while, and we know that it is super-healthy when sipped a few times per day. Green tea is not just beneficial for your insides, however, as it’s known to help your skin glow with health and radiance too, because it is rich in polyphenols, which are vital for skin health and wellbeing. Enjoy four cups a day if you can, to see the major benefits.
Delicious and helpful! Tomatoes are high in lycopene, which is great for helping to prevent sunburn, when also using sun-cream, of course! This is because of the high lycopene antioxidant content, and the nutrients within the fruit (yes, it’s a fruit) are known to help avoid free radical damage on your important cellular structures. Even more of an excuse to enjoy this tasty fruit!
You might wonder how eating fish can help out with your skin, but it’s true! Salmon is rich in astaxanthin, which is known to help with skin elasticity. This basically means that you’ll have less chance of developing fine lines and wrinkles as the aging process begins to slowly set in, whilst also being a delicious meal in its own right!
How do you like your eggs? They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and if you incorporate a couple of eggs into that meal then you’re also helping your skin. The protein amount in eggs helps with your body’s endeavors to repair cell damage from free radicals, but eggs also have a high amount of biotin, which as we mentioned in the avocado section, can help to hydrate dry skin.
Delicious and tasty, this summer fruit does so much more than quench your thirst and appetite. Pomegranate is high in antioxidants, so it does a lot for your immune system overall, but it is also known to help with collagen formation, which gives your skin higher elasticity, starves off fine lines and wrinkles, and also helps to speed up healing. A wonder fruit indeed!
Omega-3 is known to be fantastic for your health overall, but the biggest source of this vitamin is fish. What do you do if you don’t like fish? You eat walnuts instead! Walnuts have this vital omega-3 content, which is known to help with hair and skin, giving you a youthful appearance, just by munching down on this delicious snack!
Beans or other legumes are known to be not only filling and good for your health, but they’re great for your skin too, because they help give your skin cells a big helping hand in repairing free radical upset and damage. The protein in legumes are broken down into amino acid by the body, and this helps to boost collagen formation, which we know gives you that youthful look, and less in the way of volume reduction.
You have free permission to munch down on strawberries, blueberries, and blackcurrants, as these are high in vitamin C (as well as being delicious). Vitamin C has a whole host of health benefits, but in terms of your skin, it helps to boost collagen, gives your capillaries a stronger base to work with, and also helps you heal blemishes much faster too. Pack a few of these into a morning smoothie and see the results, as well as enjoying a truly delicious snack!
How many times have you heard about drinking plenty of water throughout the day? Well, water is fantastic for your skin too, because it gives you the hydration you need, helping to give you a glow, rather than a dull appearance. The general guideline is to enjoy around 6-8 glasses every single day, to get the best benefits.
Every single one of these suggestions is delicious in their own right, and you can easily fit the into your daily routine. Of course, you don’t have to tick them all off every single day, but make sure that you vary these foods (and water) into your meals throughout the week. A varied, healthy diet is key to health and wellbeing overall, but in terms of your glowing skin needs, these are certainly some of the superfoods that should be on your plate, and within easily grabbing for snacks!
Of course, food alone is not going to give you the most perfect complexion, and you should continue with your regular skincare regime, but when used in conjunction, you should certainly see the results.
Thanks for reading, skincare-a-holoic, Nicky