BY LOURRAIN SIMON
“You have to drink more water.” “Try cutting out dairy.” “You need to change your diet.” These are phrases we often hear in the skin and hair care community. However, if you’re new to the world of healthy skin and hair, you, like many other people, might not know where to start.
What are some good foods to eat when it comes to skin care and what do they do for the skin? Here are some of our favorite foods that aid in healthy skin.
Vitamin C is very important to the healing process of the body because it aids in the development and growth of cells in the body. Including skin cells. If your skin is currently experiencing scarring from acne or other skin conditions, vitamin C can be a key ingredient to repairing the damage done to your skin. Blueberries are a great source of vitamin C and there are so many ways to eat them to receive these benefits. Whether it’s as a snack, a side or topping to your meal, or in a homemade fruit smoothie, adding blueberries will definitely add these benefits to your meal.
Avocados are one of those superfoods that offer more than just one nutritional boost. They contain vitamin E which is an antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory properties. It can help with the strengthening and elasticity of skin making it great for healing and making the skin appear younger. Although this vitamin is available in serums and oils, dermatologists say that the best way to obtain it is by eating nutrient- rich foods, like avocados. They’re also full of good fats, which prevents heart conditions.
Green tea is known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and is often used as a toner for the skin. As a toner, it reduces inflammation and reduces the appearance of dark marks caused by acne. Through consumption, it clears the body and skin of toxins and causes the skin to appear soft and supple. Our Graceful Gina Exfoliating Body Bar and Modest Mia Matcha Face Mask are two of our gentle products for all skin types that contain green tea and its benefits. We recommend these especially for those who experience breakouts or simply want a deeper clean. Check out More Ways to Include Green Tea in Your Hair and Skin Care Routine for more helpful green tea tips!
Almonds are another food rich in vitamin E and also contain good fats. Eating this super snack helps protect the body from skin conditions, such as acne, psoriasis, and it is believed to protect against skin cancer as well.
Another food that is full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. It's full of fatty acids that our bodies can’t produce naturally. They help reinforce the skin with a barrier that keeps the moisture in and the toxins and bacteria out.
Berry Smoothie Recipe (2 servings)
1cup frozen blueberries
1cup frozen mangoes
1cup frozen strawberries
1 cup Greek yogurt
¼ almond milk (can adjust depending on your preferred consistency)
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth (or until preferred consistency)