Bring on the glow! We’re not talking about serums, creams, facials and makeup to give your skin a radiant appearance. Instead, we’re aiming to shine from the inside out. Achieve a lit-from-within glow by choosing the right foods to eat.
Your body’s biggest organ is also the biggest gossip. Your skin tells the world what’s going on inside your body – including what you’ve been eating (the good stuff and those guilty pleasures). When you eat nutrient-dense foods your mood is elevated, your immune system is stronger, and your outer appearance improves (whiter eyes, clear skin, strong nails). Conversely, eating too many fried and processed foods and not enough fresh fruits and vegetables can leave your insides feeling sluggish and your skin looking drab. To achieve more radiant skin it’s important to include beautifying foods into your daily diet. Prevention Magazine calls it The Pretty Skin Diet.
First, make your plate a rainbow. One of the basics of nutrition is to eat colorful foods. Why? Phytonutrients are responsible for giving fruits and vegetables their vibrant colors. These phytonutrients include antioxidants that help protect the food – they also help protect YOU. Antioxidants ward off toxins in the air, like pollution, pesticides, and cleaners, and in our bodies, like unhealthy food, while also helping cells rebuild. Key vitamins that act as antioxidants in the body are: beta-carotene and vitamins A, C, and E.
You can’t go wrong with eating fresh, organic fruits and vegetables. However, these top our list of foods that will make your skin glow:
Kale and spinach are power packed with iron and antioxidants. Iron helps blood circulation, which draws color to the skin’s surface offering a naturally blushed color. Romaine lettuce may not be as dark in hue as it’s sister spinach, but just six leaves of romaine lettuce have 100% of your daily value of vitamin A that helps revitalize the skin and aid in cell turnover.
This beautiful carb is high in beta-carotene and vitamin A to help repair damaged cells caused by excessive UV exposure.
Snack on this veggie for a dose of nutrients like vitamins A and C. They also have anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce puffiness.
These juicy fruits have lycopene, which is another powerful antioxidant that helps protect skin. Research has shown that skin with higher levels of lycopene have been found to have fewer fine lines.
This refreshing gourd also beholds lycopene and a ton of water. Snacking on this fruit is hydrating and cell-replenishing.
It’s not a food, but it is essential. Don’t forget to drink your H20. Your body needs water for circulation, elimination and good-looking skin. Dry skin is prone to crack and wrinkle so make sure to quench your skin’s thirst.
While noshing on pretty skin foods, you might also want to veer away from caffeine, alcohol, and sugar. These acidic elements are dehydrating and inflammatory – two things that counteract your natural glow.
The multi-billion dollar beauty industry may thrive on creating products for you to put ON your skin, but now you know the secret to achieving that beautiful glow even without makeup. Eat your fruits and vegetables.