Many people try to remedy their skin problems with heavy creams and other over the counter products. In all reality, these tubes and tubs only treat the outer problem, and they only target one area at a time. Changing your diet can not only improve your skin (clearing up many problem areas), but will also improve your overall glow. By glow, I mean that beautiful radiance that all women (and a lot of men, too) attempt to achieve. It always seems to fade too quickly and never stays long enough, but with the following foods, you can create the healthy environment your skin needs to become and stay beautiful all year round.
Anything dark, green, and leafy. I’m talking about you, kale chips! When it comes to nutrient-dense powerhouses, kale is your best friend. Not only does it provide a ton of radical-fighting nutrients, kale also contains a bunch of vitamin A and vitamin C, both of which help firm skin. The darkest and greenest options are your best bet, but if you’re not a fan of kale, you can also try spinach, Swiss chard, arugula, or other dark green lettuces. Give raw recipes a shot, as they’ll deliver the most nutrients directly to you. If you’re new to this healthy-eating lifestyle, start gradual with a side of steamed spinach with pink Himalayan salt and black pepper to ease yourself into it.
Anything Orange. Orange fruits and vegetables, such as pumpkins and carrots, are high in carotenoids, which help smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. They are also packed with vitamins and enzymes that help cleanse the skin from the inside out. Add bite-sized carrots to your lunch, shave a few for a dinner salad, or experiment with different pumpkin recipes once the holidays come around. You’ll love the skin beautifying benefits and your family will love how festive your house smells!
Turmeric. This spice is my go-to for almost every dish. I sprinkle it on rice and beans, oatmeal, and even in my coffee. It has anti-inflammatory properties that soothe everything from irritations on the skin to joint problems. If you’re prone to allergy flare-ups or skin puffiness, regularly consuming turmeric can help calm these problem areas.
Green Tea. I have always noticed a difference in my skin when I drink green tea. Whenever I get one of those embarrassing, awful blemishes, this is where I turn. The polyphenols in green tea make your skin smoother and increase elasticity, and the catechins boost blood flow and oxygen within the skin. With all of these skin-loving attributes, you are sure to glow soon after starting your two-cups-a-day green tea habit.
Lemon Water. This is another favorite of mine. Lemons are known for being detoxifying for the liver, but they also help detoxify your skin. When eliminating toxins and other outside damage, glowing skin shows through. Packed with vitamin C, lemon water helps rejuvenate the skin from the inside out. Try it cold in a pitcher of ice water on those hot days and in warm water on cold mornings. Although, nothing is better than a nice warm mug of lavender tea with some fresh squeezed lemon to relax you for bedtime.
As you can see, achieving and maintaining glowing, healthy skin is extremely easy to do. All it takes is a few tweaks in your diet and a few healthy additions. While you’re at it, throw out all of those toxic face creams because, chances are, they are exacerbating the issue. Always work your way from the inside out. Create the perfect base for beautiful skin with these foods and drinks and you will not be disappointed.