You know what they say... You are what you EAT! The foods that you put in your body should nourish you from the inside out. Following a healthy diet is CRUCIAL to having clear, beautiful skin. It wasn't until I started fueling my body with clean, whole, foods that I noticed a HUGE difference in my skin. If you are struggling with acne, start by switching up your diet. These 9 foods are great contributors to that healthy glow we all crave in our skin.
1. Dark chocolate
Thats right... CHOCOLATE! Dark chocolate contains high levels of flavonoids that have been shown to increase blood flow to the skin, improving complexion and combating dryness.
Try these recipes!
60 Calorie Glazed Chocolate Donuts
Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bites
Quick & Easy Flavorful Chocolate Oatmeal
2. Red Bell peppers
Red bell peppers contain high amounts of Vitamin C & E, both of which have been proven to help keep your skin strong and youthful, and reduce inflammation.
Specifically blueberries, berries are high in Vitamins A & C, rich in fiber, and full of antioxidants. Blueberries have been linked to improved circulation, keeping your skin glowing. The high levels of Vitamin C in blueberries aid in collagen production, an essential component in building strong hair, nails, and skin.
Almonds are rich in healthy Omega-3s, Vitamin E, fiber, protein, and loaded with antioxidants. The high Vitamin E content in almonds has been shown to protect the skin against harmful sun rays, keeping the skin glowing and healthy all year round. The essential omega-3 fatty acids present in almonds are known to improve the skin's elasticity, keeping your skin youthful. Not to mention, almonds are a highly satisfying snack that have been linked to curbed hunger and reduced cravings.
Avocados are another great source of healthy fats that are essential for hydrated, healthy skin. Avocados are high in Vitamins C & E, and also contain high levels of beta-carotene, a carotenoid that helps reduce wrinkles and prevent aging.
Oatmeal is a complex carbohydrate that takes longer to break down in your body, which helps maintain stable blood sugar levels and reduce hunger. Not only is oatmeal beneficial for fighting hunger, but when applied to your skin, it can fight dryness, irritation, and cleanse pores. Oatmeal contains saponins - mild natural cleansing agents - that leave your skin fresh and clean.
TIP: Try this quick, homemade natural face mask for a soothing, refreshed glow:
- 1/4 cup ground oats
- 2 tablespoons warm water
- 1 tablespoon honey
*Mix ingredients together and allow the mask to cool. Apply to skin and allow mask to set for 10 minutes, rinse, and apply moisturizer.*
Pumpkin is another food rich in Vitamins B & C, which help improve circulation and boost elasticity. The high levels of zinc in pumpkin can also help fight against acne and maintain collagen.
Put some PUMPKIN in your diet! Click the links below:
65 Calorie Mini Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecakes
Greek Yogurt Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal
Skinny Pumpkin Pie Shake with Cinnamon Streusel Layer
Although it may not be considered a "food", drinking plenty of water is one of the BEST things you can do for your skin. According to Women's Health Magazine, your skin is 64% water, and consuming an adequate daily amount can reduce the appearance of wrinkles and make your skin look fresh, hydrated, and plump. Aim for 8 to 10 8-ounce servings of water per day to HYDRATE your skin from the inside out!
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