As you already know, the skin care products that you use are not the only thing you need to do to achieve your healthiest, best looking skin. Great skin comes from the inside too, here are the foods for healthy skin that you can start eating now.
Here are 8 foods that promote healthy, glowing skin.
1. Red bell peppers
Red bell peppers are a tasty vegetable that can be enjoyed either cooked or raw. A single bell pepper contains more than 100% of your daily vitamin C needs. It also contains a good amount of dietary fiber and vitamin B6. Moreover, it is rich in carotenoids that can help increase blood circulation to your skin and also fight blemishes.
2. Dark chocolate (70% cacao)
Don’t overdo this one, but dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants, fatty acids and flavonoids. The antioxidants in dark chocolate can help protect your skin against sun damage and increase blood circulation, leading to healthier skin.
Try 1 or 2 squares of extra dark (70%+ cacao) or some cacao nibs, a few times per week.
Salmon is amazing for so many reasons, and wild caught is the best. Salmon contains a healthy dose of Omega-3’s as well as a Vitamin D. Both of these are essential elements to maintain great skin. Additionally, salmon can promote strong, healthy hair.
4. Coconut oil
Coconut oil is one of the richest sources of saturated fat (that may not be bad thing) with about 90 percent of calories as saturated fat. It contains lauric acid, a powerful antibacterial and antiviral agent that helps your body keep viruses, infections, inflammation and acne away. Coconut oil is also rich in essential fatty acids and Vitamin E, which can help keep your skin hydrated.
Try replacing some of the cooking oil you use with Coconut Oil. It is great to cook with and has a high heat tolerance.
5. Green tea
Green tea is great for your skin both inside and out! I drink green tea every day because it is a great source of antioxidants and can even promote a healthy metabolism. Just remember that unlike some other teas, Green Tea gets really bitter if you burn or over steep it…so follow the brewing instructions.
6. Spinach & Other Dark Leafy Greens
Spinach, kale, romaine and other dark leafy greens are nutrient-rich and full of fiber, they should certainly included in your everyday diet.
These vegetable contain antioxidants that fight against all types of skin problems. Add it to your everyday diet and see what happens. By eating spinach, you’re just cleaning your skin from the inside out!
Chia seeds, hemp seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and flax seeds are all great for your skin and your body. Pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds contain a healthy dose of selenium, Vitamin E, and magnesium. All these seeds have a healthy fats and protein. You can integrate these into your diet in several ways such as on your salad, in yogurt or in smoothies. Remember, the raw version of these seeds is always best.
8. Fermented Foods
Foods like vinegar, kimchi, sauerkraut, coconut kefir and kombucha are all fermented. This might sound gross but they are very good for you. Fermented foods help balance the bacteria in your body, especially your gut. Having a healthy balance of bacteria can improve your immune system and your skin! You can also add probiotics to you supplement routine if you can’t find a way to get more fermented foods in your diet.
You don’t have to eat all these foods every day, but just add a few to your daily meals if possible, while trying to avoid junk foods, sugar, trans fats and refined carbs for the best skin possible.