“Beauty is on the inside.” That old adage is very true, especially when you combine it with “you are what you eat.” Skin care products work great to make your skin glow, but the true secret for flawless, glowing skin resides in your food. Here are five must eat foods that are great for your skin, while being easy, and delicious, editions to any diet.
Blueberries: Blueberries are one of the richest sources of antioxidants, which are important protection for the skin from harmful damage caused by the sun and other elements. Antioxidants target the free radicals that harm skin cells and can also repair and rejuvenate the skin, making the skin look and feel younger. Blueberries are easily incorporated into your diet. Fresh, frozen, or dried all have the same high level of antioxidants, as long as the frozen or dried are picked at the peak of freshness, are all natural, and do not include any added juice or sugar. Just add some blueberries to your cereal, yogurt, smoothie, or even a salad to boost your intake of antioxidants, making you look—and feel—great.
Avocado: Avocados are a super food, meaning they are a single source of many essential vitamins, minerals, and protein, all of which are vital aspects for great skin. Avocado is especially rich in vitamins A, D, and E, which are essential vitamins for skin health. Additionally, the good fats found in avocado hydrate and keep your skin lubricated. In fact, the oil from avocado is one of the best oils for your skin. Avocado is a tasty addition to many meals. Make some guacamole, add a slice to a salad or a sandwich, put some on a pizza, or even just add some avocado chunks to your vegetable dish. You can also use avocados to make milkshakes or for some baking recipes.
Flaxseed: Flaxseed is a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids. Like the fat found in avocado, the Omega-3 oils help to keep your skin hydrated, as well as assisting the body’s natural oil production. This keeps the skin from getting dried out without making it too oily, creating a natural balance of skin oil to make the skin magnificent. Flaxseed also has strong anti-inflammatory properties that help to reduce redness and inflation of the skin. To easily add flaxseed to your diet, sprinkle some ground flaxseed on your cereal, add it to a salad, put it on a peanut butter salad, bake bread or muffins using flaxseed flour, or put a few tablespoons in a power smoothie.
Almonds: Almonds are a great source of Vitamin E, a vital vitamin for your skin due to its ability to protect the skin from sun damage, keeping it looking young and vibrant longer. Almonds also contain large quantities of magnesium and manganese, important minerals that enrich the skin. Adding to the skin friendly properties found in almonds are also the high levels of protein and good fats. Almonds are an easy to incorporate into your diet. You can eat them plain, just a handful a day provides you with multiple benefits. Additionally, you can add them to salads, stir fries, or a plethora of recipes. You can even exchange almond milk for regular milk or almond butter for peanut butter and get many of the healthful benefits of almonds.
Dark Chocolate: Dark chocolate and its helpful flavonoids have been getting a lot of good press lately, and for good reason! It can help with hearth health, boosting good cholesterol and preventing strokes. Another reason to indulge—it has great properties for your skin. The flavonoids in dark chocolate not only help your body fight against free radicals and damage from the sun and other harmful pollutants, but they also absorb UV light. Additionally, they help with blood flow, keeping your complexion and skin looking great. You probably don’t need much more reasons to indulge in dark chocolate. Just make sure you still limit the intake to a few squares a day, you choose natural with limited added sugar and a high percentage of cacao to get the most benefits.
One final advice for fabulous skin: don’t forget to hydrate! Water is a very important part of keeping your skin healthy and glowing. Incorporate all of these foods into your diet and watch as your skin shows off its healthy glow.