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Eat Your Way to More Beautiful Skin

The best healthy-skin plan encompasses proper skin care, lifestyle and diet, so it’s no surprise that good eating habits—or lack thereof—may affect the health and appearance of your skin. Certain foods go above and beyond, offering antioxidant benefits that cannot be achieved through skin care alone.

When selecting foods for their skin-beautifying properties, think variety—and color. Eating a wide range of vibrant, colorful fruits and vegetables ensures you’re getting a daily dose of the antioxidants known to ward off skin oxidation. Try berries, citrus fruits, cherries, broccoli, kale, spinach, sweet potatoes, and colored peppers, to name a few. Incorporate them into your daily diet for the best results!

Don’t be stymied by their fuzzy, hard-to-peel exterior: Kiwi fruit are a great source of vitamin C.  In fact, they contain more vitamin C per ounce than an orange. Vitamin C is an antioxidant proven to fight free radicals, which is crucial for firm, healthy skin.

Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, salmon helps to prevent the inflammation that causes fine lines and wrinkles. The healthy fats present in salmon also encourage the skin to retain moisture, thus aiding in keeping it supple and firm.
In addition to being a good source of healthy fats, almonds contain high levels of antioxidant vitamin E, which plays a crucial role in upping the skin’s defenses against sun damage.

Watermelon lives up to its name: In addition to being rich in antioxidants lycopene and vitamin C, this melon is comprised of over 90 percent water. So what does this mean for your skin? Foods with high water content like melons or cucumbers may encourage the skin to retain hydration better than drinking water alone, as they help to strengthen skin cell membranes and reduce moisture loss.

Though technically a beverage, green tea has earned its rightful place on the must-have list. Known for its high levels of catechins, green tea offers powerful anti-inflammatory properties. In a recent study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, subjects who were given oral green tea supplements over a 12-week period experienced reduced erythema, or redness of the skin, and showed the potential for additional protection against sunburn inflammation. 1

References: 1 Cambridge Journal