Perhaps you wouldn’t spend half of your paycheck on pricey skin serums, creams and injections if you knew there were less-expensive supplementary skin care, right? Did you know that you can keep your skin looking radiant by just eating a few foods? Rather than looking to your wallet for a beauty fix, take a look in your kitchen — you might be surprised how much the food you eat can benefit your skin! Whether you need to treat acne or reduce the appearance of fine lines, the right diet can be the best ally in the war against dull and aging skin.
Read on for 10 effective (and delicious!) super-foods to nourish your skin from the inside out!
You’ve probably used papaya in a facial scrub or cream, but are you eating it, too? A powerful vitamin C serum and exfoliant all-in-one, papaya contains two day’s worth of vitamin C, which has proven to help brighten and tighten skin. Try it in a refreshing smoothie like this one – perfect for fighting off the summer heat!
These brain-friendly nuts are chock full of B vitamins, which are particularly effective for improving skin’s elasticity and boosting collagen production. Snacking on a handful of walnuts each day can also reduce stress, which can keep those annoying wrinkles and fine lines at bay.
Not just a game-changer when it comes to protecting against cancer, this Asian spice is also a fab skin antioxidant. Studies show that it’s also one of the most effective anti-inflammatory and free-radical fighting options out there, and is great for lightening dark spots or scars.
Fun fact: Indian brides have long used turmeric as a head-to-toe body scrub and face mask to brighten skin before their weddings. Make your own easy healing facial mask by combining turmeric with honey and yogurt.
Packed with polyphenol antioxidants, pomegranates fight free radicals and regulate skin’s blood flow – giving it a rosy glow! One pomegranate or a few glasses of juice daily should do the trick. You can also apply it directly to moisturize your skin and help smooth fine lines.
Wild salmon (not farm-raised) is one of the best food sources for omega-3 fatty acids, which helps keep your skin supple and moisturized. These healthy fats nourish the skin by decreasing clogged pores and fighting off fine lines and wrinkles. Check out our recipe below for a new way to enjoy salmon!
If you’re only enjoying this yummy super-food at Thanksgiving, you’re missing out! Pumpkins pack a powerful punch of antioxidants, vitamins (A and C) and zinc, which boosts collagen and promotes skin renewal. Enjoy a handful of pumpkin seeds as a snack, add them to a homemade trail mix, or sprinkle them over your morning yogurt or oatmeal.
Instead of investing in expensive anti-aging creams and serums, head to the store and grab an avocado! The ultimate beautifying food, avocados are loaded with antioxidants like lutein and beta carotene, which help soften and hydrate the skin. Whether you eat them in a salad or guacamole, or use it in a face mask, your skin will thank you!
Beets contain a great number of flavonoids. These pretty little veggies are known to effectively treat acne, reduce inflammation and add overall brightness and vitality to the skin. They also reverse dull skin by stimulating the lymphatic system and removing waste from our cells, slowing the aging process. Try the beet relish recipe below for a delish addition to your next asado!
From cleansing to repairing, seaweed has earned rave reviews in the skincare world. Loaded with iron and phytonutrients, this little treasure of the sea can dramatically reverse and treat skin aging by protecting against free radical attacks. Also known as nori or wakame, you can enjoy seaweed in a salad, miso soup or as a roasted snack.
As if we ever needed an excuse to order lobster! With its super-high zinc content, our favorite crustacean is known to repair cell membranes. It also helps maintain collagen and promotes skin renewal – basically rivaling the effects of a Botox injection! From lobster bisque to lobster mac-n-cheese, there’s really no wrong way to nom-nom on lobster.