What to Eat for Optimal Skin Health

December 11, 2017
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What to Eat for Optimal Skin Health

Ever heard that saying, ‘you are what you eat’? Well, it’s absolutely true! In fact, there is an entire concept known as eating for beauty that many men and women follow. Eating healthy is optimal for so many health benefits, and skincare is just one of them. If you’ve ever been curious about what kinds of fruits and vegetables you should eat for any one skin or beauty benefit, we’ve broken it down for you in an easy to follow chart below!

1.     Beets Detoxifies to prevent your completion from dulling.
2.     Blueberries Antioxidants that will neutralize damaging free radicals, like the sun, and will also extend the life of the skin cells.
3.     Avocado Avocado oil strengthens skin while hydrating it.
4.     Vitamin C Produces collagen to fight wrinkles.
5.     Sweet Potatoes and Carrots Beta-carotene absorbs harmful sun rays and turns to vitamin A for smooth skin.
6.     Tomato Lycopene protects skin from sun damage.
7.     Pumpkin Seeds Great way to tighten up your skin! They are full of omega 3 fatty acids that help to build collagen.
8.     Salmon Chock full of good fats which form and maintain healthy skin cells. It also aids in helping your skin to retain water, thus keeping it hydrated.
9.     Coconut Water Extremely hydrating and will also plump the skin up!
10.  Cucumber Its skin contains tons of cilia, which is helpful in maintaining a clear complexion.
11.  Grapefruit For softer skin, eat a grapefruit for breakfast at least once a week. They are loaded with lycopene and vitamin C, which builds collagen, protects the skin from sun damage and helps to fight wrinkles.
12.  Kale Kale is the ultimate in detoxing – so why would your skin be any different? With large amounts of vitamin C, kale not only builds collagen, but will help with anti-aging.
13.  Chocolate Yep! You heard us right. Chocolate is on this list. In its purist form, cocoa is full of antioxidants that have anti-aging properties. Maybe stay away from milk or white chocolate, but dark chocolate at least 70% should do it.
14.  Papaya This amazing fruit is packed with antioxidants that will help your skin fight wrinkles.
15.  Raspberries The ultimate fruit in repairing and refreshing damaged skin.
16.  Honey Another delicious food full of antioxidants, honey will give you complexion a delicious boost!
17.  Flax Seed A treasure trove for alpha- linolenic acid (ALA) and plant-based omega 3 fat, flax seed will keep your skin moist and supple.

Try incorporating some of these ingredients in a delicious smoothie, or cut out the fiber from fruit by putting them through a juicer! Whatever way you choose to incorporate these healthy foods, we highlight suggest working them into your daily diet for optimal skin health.