The lust for beautiful, healthy, glowing skin roams the dreams of many men and women alike. So much so, that the global skincare industry is estimated to reach an astounding $135B by the year 2021. Crazy right? But what if we told you there are other ways to achieve the beautiful, healthy, glowing skin you want, without having to fill up your cabinets with all the many products on the market? Now that we have your attention, lets talk about the way in which you can make that possible – food.
The number one beauty rule for everyone, despite your specific beauty needs, is to start from within. Not just holistically through positive thinking and kindness, but also from the foods you eat. There are many foods which are very rich in antioxidants, collagen, minerals, and vitamins that can boost not only your overall health, but the health of your skin. Below is a list of some of those foods to help you eat and sometimes drink, your way to beauty.
This might seem like a no-brainer, but believe it or not, many people struggle with drinking enough water on a daily basis. However, we cannot stress enough how important it is to drink enough water daily, as it provides hydration and energy to the skin, as well as detoxifies the entire body which supports in keeping the skin free of blemishes and other unwanted toxins.
Rich in water and antioxidants, watermelon is a super-fruit when it comes to skincare. Hydration is a key ingredient to healthy, glowing skin, regardless of skin type, so the water-rich watermelon is great in offering hydration both as an exterior DIY face mist, or as a midday Summer snack.
One of the countless benefits of pawpaw is supple, healthy skin. This vitamin rich fruit can be eaten, or used as a face mask, with the seeds crushed and used as a DIY body scrub. It supports in removing pigmentation, acne scars, eczema, and other blemishes, leaving the complexion smooth and even. There is a reason many skincare companies turn to this fruit as a go to ingredient for moisturizers, masks, etc.
Fatty Fish (Salmon, Mackerel, Sardine)
Fatty fish are rich in omega-3, and vitamin D — all incredible ingredients for healthy, glowing skin. The omega-3 found in these types of fish helps keep the skin moisturized and supports in reducing inconvenient inflammation. While these types of fish can boost complexion and moisture in the skin, it is important to eat them in moderation, as the mercury they contain can be dangerous to the health.
Cucumber is a fan favorite ingredient in beauty products aimed at hydration, brightening, and reducing inflammation. The cucumber circles they put on your eyes at the spa actually have a use people — to reduce puffiness, and signs of sleep deprivation. When eaten, this fruit also provides the same support, but to the overall body starting from the insides.
Butter Pear (Avocado)
Also known as nature’s butter, avocado is a fruit that belongs both in your kitchen and your beauty cabinet. The vitamin E & C rich fruit helps protect the skin from pollution/sun damage, while keeping it supple and softly moisturized. The fruit can be eaten or used topically as face masks for even greater results.
Greens (Sweet Potato, Kale, Spinach)
All of these greens are great for the skin, as they detoxify the liver, which in turn detoxifies the skin. Leafy greens carry anti-aging properties which is beneficial for collagen production and retention in the skin. These leafy greens can be cooked (be weary of frying/over-cooking), or they can be juiced. Either way, when ingested, they carry a long list of benefits for healthy, supple, glowing complexion.
This food might sound a bit unconventional, but it is actually a holy-grail for boosting collagen production and retention in the skin. The chicken feet is made up entirely of protein, trace-minerals, collagen and bones, so adding it to your meals is equivalent to moisturizing your face with collagen serums. Of its many benefits, keeping the skin youthful and radiant is our favorite.
There are countless of foods that support in keeping the skin healthy, all you have to remember when searching for them are the ingredients beneficial to the health of your skin. Vitamin C, E, D, B, magnesium, potassium, collagen, omega-3, etc. When a food item has these, it is guaranteed to help your body keep your skin healthy and glowing. In that light, be weary also of foods that do the opposite. That’s for another day and another post though.
For now, be mindful of the foods that are beneficial to your skin health and beauty routine, and comment below some other ones missing from the list.