Lack luster skin got you down? Turn up the wattage by reaching for the nutrients your skin craves. A healthy diet full of omegas, vitamins and antioxidants makes all the difference between a wrinkled, dull complexion and a fresh, glowing one.
So, what foods should you reach for? Here’s their top glow-getting list:
Omega-3 fatty acids, aka “the good fat”
This type of polyunsaturated fat is crucial to sustain healthy cell membranes, but it can’t be made naturally.
Omega 3 supports cell membranes, a large part of our skin, and is key to skin looking, feeling and working its best. So grab your fork or spoon, because the number one way to stock up on it is to eat omega-rich foods: flaxseed oil, chia seeds, and walnuts.
Mix these top sources into recipes, use as toppings or grab a ‘good for you’ portion for the sake of your skin. You can also use a supplement to help make sure skin gets what it needs.
Vitamins A, C and E make skin as happy as can be
Vitamins support many systems in our bodies. When it comes to skin, some have special purposes. Vitamin A nourishes both the upper and lower layers of skin. Vitamin C – think “C” for collagen – supports tissue. A vitamin E absorbs energy from UV light to help prevent damage to your skin.
Get your skin in fighting shape with vitamin-rich foods like leafy dark greens and avocados. (Hello, Avocado toast!)
Vitamin C is good for the outside of your skin, too. Look for products that contain a high concentration of vitamin C in a serum.
Antioxidants are ‘berry’ good for you
Cell-damaging free radicals lurk everywhere, but antioxidants come to the rescue to help cancel them out.
“Antioxidants work by attaching to the free radicals to keep them from damaging our healthy cells and speeding up the aging process”, and while these super stoppers come in a variety of foods, berries are one of the best sources. You can support your skin with blueberries, pomegranates, elderberries, cranberries, strawberries – you get the idea. And feel free to pair them with dark chocolate(my favorite ????); it’s rich in antioxidants, too!
Hydrate skin, inside and out, with water
Skin is the largest organ in our body. Just like all our other organs, it needs enough water to function at its best. Otherwise it can look dry, tight and flaky from dehydration.
Aim to drink at least eight, 8-ounce glasses per day to rehydrate and flush toxins. That’s a total of 64 ounces, or just under 2 liters.