Eating a nutritious diet is great for your entire body. Many delicious, natural items can even help give you an overall glow and beautiful, healthy skin. Eating vitamin and antioxidant-rich fruits, vegetables, nuts and lean proteins curbs skin damage and can significantly affect signs of aging. Here are a few of the Vibrance Medspa team’s favorite foods for glowing skin and also some things to avoid for optimal skin health.
Top Foods for Glowing Skin
Avocados are high in good, healthy fats. Packed with vitamins A, D and E, this creamy food can help keep your skin moisturized and soft. Whether you’re making guacamole or applying this fruit directly to your skin (there’s a reason avocado makes an amazing face mask!) avocados are a great way to help protect you from sun damage and the aging process.
Salmon, Mackerel and other Fatty Fish
Did you know that a deficiency in omega-3 fats can cause dry skin? Fatty fish is a delicious way to help strengthen your skin and keep moisture in, where it belongs! Omega-3’s are also a great inflammation reducer and can help to calm redness and acne. Some of our other favorite fatty fishes are herring, albacore tuna and sardines.
Whether you’re a fan of spinach or kale, leafy greens contain a ton of antioxidants and are rich in vitamin A. You can load up on your greens in your morning smoothie for a quick boost! Blend spinach/kale along with some cucumber, green apple, lemon juice and some fresh ginger for a tasty way to wake up. It’s a fantastic jolt of nutrition for your entire body.
Beta-carotene, lutein and lycopene have been shown to protect your skin against damage from the sun and prevent wrinkling. While you can incorporate more tomatoes into your diet, you can also use tomatoes externally to aid in the reduction of blackheads and to open pores on your face.
Berries taste great and they’re one of the incredibly good foods for glowing skin. They’re loaded with antioxidants that help keep away sun damage and they can help to soften even the driest skin. Blueberries are helpful in strengthening and healing blood vessels. Use a berry-based toning mask once a week to greatly improve skin damage.
Soy is a great substitute for milk because it contains many powerful, health-improving plant compounds that mimic the body’s estrogen, resulting in a healthier, and more balanced you.
Various studies have shown the benefits of soy reach far beyond imitating estrogen though! It has been shown to reduce fines lines and wrinkles and improve skin elasticity, hydration, and circulation. The plant compounds in soy not only protect your body’s inner cells from damage, but also protect the skin from UV rays!
Do we have your attention now? Cocoa is great for your skin, on top of being a tasty treat. Stress can be hard on your skin and grabbing a bite of dark chocolate can boost your mood and aid in reducing stress hormones. Look for a dark chocolate with over 70% cacao that is low in sugar and you’ll be on your way to a brighter you.
Foods to Avoid for Healthy Skin
While we approve of everything in moderation, there are some foods that you should try to avoid if you want to maintain that healthy glow. These treats can do a number on your skin!
- Milk chocolate
Healthy skin is beautiful skin and there are many ways to achieve it! Some of the best tools may already be in your fridge or your pantry.