As the saying goes, “You are what you eat”, and nowadays, we’re really starting to learn how accurate and relevant this saying is to everyone. Having a healthy diet ensures our body can operate at its optimal level, helps us avoid illness, and improves our memory and energy.
So, it makes sense that eating healthy foods can also have a major effect on our skin. Here is our list of our favorite foods for that inside out glow.
Sweet Potatoes + Carrots
Packed with beta-carotene, when digested this protein turns into Vitamin A, aka natural retinol. Retinol is a hot skin care ingredient, and it helps to repair skin damage and speed up tissue healing. These orange veggies are a go to when you’re having a breakout.
Broccoli has a crazy amount of Vitamin C which is necessary for the creation of collagen. It also contains Vitamins E and A making this green veggie a powerhouse for fighting the effects of aging skin.
Did you jump on the kale trend? Kale is one of the most nutrient rich foods on the planet. But in all leafy greens like collard greens and swiss chard, they contain high amounts of Vitamin A which is great for acne prone skin.
Let it be known: Garlic is not only good for seasoning food and thwarting off vampires. Garlic has a compound called allicin which helps kill bacteria, reduce inflammation, and improve circulation. All of these benefits leave us with healthy, glowing skin.
People might be onto something with the current crazy obsession over avocados. These fruits are packed with healthy omega fats that nourish and hydrate the skin from within. They also contain antioxidants which renew damaged skin cells and retain moisture and elasticity.
Lemons are high acidity fruits and contain Vitamin C which helps boost and strengthen collagen production. They are also alkaline which can help soothe irritated skin and improve digestive health. Try starting your morning with a glass of warm water and lemon!
EVOO aka extra virgin olive oil has been used for skin care and in cooking since ancient times. It’s rich in the omega-9 fatty acid, oleic acid which helps to hydrate the skin and provide antioxidants.
Great for more than flavoring up your dishes and baked goods, cinnamon is high in antioxidants called polyphenols and flavonoids that help heal skin at a cellular level. It’s also a natural anti-inflammatory so it helps to boost circulation a rosy glow.