Most women, and many men, care about anti-aging and healthy skin – keeping that youthful glow for as long as possible. From cleansers to serums and facials to more-advanced procedures, most of us spend a lot of time (and money!) on our skin-care routines. So, while we’re doing all this work on the outside, it’s easy to support gorgeous skin from the inside by eating delicious fruits & veggies on a regular basis
Incorporate These Six Foods Into Your Diet For Beauty From The Inside Out
Papaya: Papaya’s gorgeous reddish color is due to its high content of beta-carotene, which converts to vitamin A in the body, and acts like the “mechanic” of ongoing skin repair. Plus, the enzyme papain is used in all kinds of exfoliating facial masks, and when you eat it, it contributes these same cleansing properties to your digestion and promotes both bright skin and eyes.
Pumpkin seeds: Eating handful of these are like taking your B vitamins and biotin, an essential nutrient for strengthening hair, nails and skin. Pumpkin seeds are also high in minerals, such as zinc, which in deficiency can lead to issues such as acne. Sprinkle them over everything from yogurt and salads to rice bowls and fish.
Kale: This trendy, good-for-you green is an excellent source of the beauty vitamins A, C and E, which have potent anti-aging properties and help promote healthy new cell growth. Kale is also loaded with the minerals that healthy skin needs, such as magnesium and calcium. Add kale to your green juice, throw it in a smoothie (surprisingly undetectable), or sauté for any meal of the day.
Want to combine all three? Here’s a delicious recipe from Raw Edibles.
Raw sauerkraut and other probiotic-rich foods: Probiotics are one of the biggest beauty secrets for clear, radiant skin. They encourage the growth of friendly gut flora that helps keep your digestion in check, so there’s better nutrient delivery to the skin and entire body. And they help make B vitamins, critical for energy and beauty overall (we’re talking about dark circles here, people). How to eat more? Add a scoop of sauerkraut to a rice or quinoa bowl with steamed veggies for a flavorful zing.
Cucumber: Cucumber is a virtual cure-all, full of hydrating enzyme-filled water. And hydration is key for youthful, smooth skin. This unassuming veggie also contains vitamins B and C, zinc, iron, folic acid, calcium, magnesium and potassium. Plus it has, cooling, anti-inflammatory properties, so no need to wait for a spa day to relax with some chilled slices over your eyes.
Avocado: As if we needed an excuse to eat this glorious food of the gods, avocado is rich in both Vitamin E and healthy whole fats. It’s the omega-3 fatty acids that make up skin cell membranes, keeping skin supple and glowing. Meanwhile Vitamin E’s antioxidant powers help with sun damage and collagen production.