It’s no secret that beautiful, glowing skin is a reflection of what we put inside ourselves. Specifically, we’re nutritious and antioxidant-rich super foods. The older we get, the more noticeable the phrase “you are what you eat” proves true. So what SHOULD we eat if we want our skin to radiate health and retain its youthful resilience?
Certainly, a well-balanced diet filled with a variety of vegetables and fruits, as well as hydration, is the backbone of a healthy skin diet. Some foods, though, pack a bigger health punch than others. Here are six delicious and beneficial super foods for younger skin:
Avocados – The monounsaturated fats found in avocados help keep skin moist and hydrated. Avocados are also filled with antioxidant carotenoids as well as vitamins C and E – all of which help zap free radicals which help keep fine lines at bay.
Blueberries – Blueberries, particularly ‘wild’ ones, are extremely high in antioxidants. They contain anthocyanin – the gorgeous blue color in the berry – which helps protect against cell damage as well as fights inflammation.
Coconut Oil – Good for your skin both inside and out, the medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil help give your skin an even tone and keep pores tight. Coconut oil also has anti-bacterial properties that contribute to smooth, healthy and youthful skin as well.
Chia Seeds – High in Omega-3 fats and vitamin E, chia seeds assist in preventing inflammation and free radical damage. Also, the seeds are 20% protein, which is important in keeping the skin elastic and collagen rich.
Leafy Greens – Loaded with fiber and beta-carotene, dark leafy greens like spinach, kale and swiss chard, help flush out toxins and keep your skin luminous.
Dark Chocolate – Yes, you heard us right! The flavonoids in dark chocolate make it a powerful, anti-aging skin food. Moderate amounts can help increase blood flow to the skin as well as protect it from wrinkle-producing UV light. When choosing dark chocolate, experts say to shoot for at least 75% cocoa content. Did someone say Ghiradelli?
At Real Purity, we want your natural beauty to shine through. That means taking care of your body on the inside and on the outside too.