Having beautiful skin isn’t just about the beauty product you buy—the foods that you consume can make a big difference in your complexion. Our skin acts as a sign of how healthy our bodies are. The wrong diet can reveal acne, dark spots and blemishes. Likewise, a healthy diet can reveal moisturized and glowing skin.
If what we eat shows up on our skin, how can we leverage this fact to have a beautiful complexion?
Consuming proper food is a natural way to improve your skin and can protect your skin from free radicals which speed up the aging process. Some foods can even increase skin cell turnover and reveal healthy layers of skin under damaged skin.
Knowing that there are nutrient rich foods out there to help our skin, we sought out expert advice to identify foods that can benefit our complexion and bring out our inner beauty. So, we talked with Nutritionist Consultant, Nicole Watt. Based on Nicole’s advice here are the top five foods to eat to bring out brighter and healthier skin:
Bone broth: This wonder food is rich in collagen and has been trending for a couple years now and for great reasons, especially when it comes to your skin. It helps keep your skin soft and smooth. You can add bone broth to any of your homemade soups or sip on a cup between meals. Your skin will thank you!
Lemons: Lemons contain a high dose of vitamin C and are well known for boosting your immune system. They also keep your skin moist and minimize wrinkles. Try drinking lemon water or try using the zest for salad dressings!
Avocados: Hopefully we’re all past the fat-phobic stage from all of the awful information we got from the 90’s. If not, I’m here to tell you fat is your friend, especially when it comes to your skin! The natural fats in avocados help keep your skin hydrated and supple. Healthy fats are also an anti-inflammatory which helps minimize those pesky acne flare-ups.
Olive oil: Olive oil contains plenty of vitamin E which is an excellent antioxidant. An antioxidant means less oxidation or damage to your cells which translates to younger, less wrinkled skin! Drizzle some olive oil on your salad or add it to your smoothie to get an easy dose of vitamin E.
Water: Hydration is a top priority for keeping your skin soft and bright. It helps flush toxins out of your system that otherwise may show up on your skin as acne or other unwanted skin conditions. In addition, dark circles and dry patches are more likely to appear when you’re not drinking enough water.
While there are foods that can do wonders for our skin, there are foods that we should avoid because they speed up the aging process. These foods include sugar, processed fats and artificial additives. These ingredients are usually found in overly processed food. So, a good rule of thumb is to stick to whole foods.
Do you have any questions about the foods you can eat for healthier skin? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below!