Healthy skin starts from within, and what we feed our bodies can often affect the look and feel of our skin. Environmental factors, genetics, and using the proper skincare products all determine how our skin looks from day to day, but incorporating foods with high nutritional value can also contribute to a vibrant and glowing complexion.
Here are a few of our favorite foods to keep your skin glowing and healthy this year:
Avocado: Whether applied topically or consumed in salads or other dishes, avocados are great for the skin. They are packed with good fats that plump and moisturize the skin leaving it soft and smooth. Avocados are also high in antioxidants, including Vitamin C and Vitamin E, which can help fight inflammation and premature aging.
Sweet Potato: Great for both the hair and skin, sweet potatoes are high in beta carotene and Vitamin A, which are both essential for a glowing complexion. They also have high levels of Vitamin E, which can help fight sun damage.
Salmon and other fatty fish: This protein-packed food contains omega-3 fatty acids which reduces inflammation and keeps skin moisturized. Salmon also contains Vitamin D, which protects the skin from harmful UV rays and encourages skin cell growth and repair.
Green Tea: Most people are familiar with green tea as an alternative to coffee and other highly caffeinated drinks but did you know that it is also great for the skin? Green tea is an anti-aging agent, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory, and it is often recommended to soothe breakouts.
Spinach and other leafy greens: Kale, spinach, and other leafy greens are excellent for glowing skin. Like sweet potatoes, leafy greens are high in beta carotene and give your skin a youthful glow from the inside out.
Eating clean and exercising, in addition to adopting a skincare regimen that works for you, can drastically improve your skin over time. If you are looking for more tips on how to upgrade your skin, read our post on How to use Facial Tools at home.