Food for Thought: 10 Foods That Are Great for Your Skin
It’s no secret that good skincare starts from the inside.
In fact, you may have noticed that the most effective products focus on attacking the root of your skincare concerns. For example, a dark spot corrector that also goes into your skin to stop melanin from forming rather than solely working to erase current dark spots.
While these products are super effective in preventing future problems while simultaneously treating current problems, they still only paint half the picture of good skin.
You can use the best skincare products and have the most thorough skincare routine, but your diet, exercise, environment, stress-levels, and more still have a serious effect on the appearance of your skin.
Thankfully, some of these factors are easier to control than others, and diet is a great one to start with!
Red or Yellow Bell Peppers
We generally think of oranges or citrus fruits when we think Vitamin C, but did you know that red and yellow bell peppers are chock-full of Vitamin C too?
Vitamin C is a key ingredient in the body’s recipe for making collagen. You’ve probably learned by now that collagen is crucial for maintaining a youthful appearance. Put simply, collagen keeps your skin firm by supporting the cell structure, which means less sagging, minimized wrinkles, and reduced signs of aging.
While Vitamin C works wonders in a serum, like in our Vita-Boost, it's also something you should incorporate into your diet.
Fun fact: naturally brightly colored foods are generally packed with way more nutrients than neutral colored foods. A pretty, colorful plate is a good way to ensure your skin is getting a healthy boost.
Fatty fish like salmon, sardines, and mackerel are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, and vitamin E.
Omega-3 fats help keep your skin firm, hydrated, and soft. They can also help reduce inflammation such as redness and acne.
You may have heard that avocados are full of “good” fats. These healthy fats help keep your skin flexible and moisturized, and therefore younger-looking.
Avocados are also a great source of vitamin E, which helps protect your skin from environmental damage.
Broccoli is a serious powerhouse for your skin. It contains vitamins A, C, & K; which help to support collagen production. These vitamins also work to reduce bruises and dark undereye circles.
Broccoli also contains zinc and lutein. Lutein is a carotenoid that protects your skin from the environmental damage that leads to premature wrinkles and dryness.
Broccoli florets in particular contain a special compound called sulforaphane which protects the skin against sun damage and fights against harmful free radicals in the environment. Some studies have even claimed that the compound has anti-cancer effects.
Need another excuse to eat chocolate? We’ve got you covered.
One study found that consuming high-antioxidant cocoa powder results in thicker, more hydrated skin. Multiple other studies found that eating 20 grams of high-antioxidant dark chocolate each day allowed participants’ skin to withstand twice as much UV radiation before getting burnt.
Of course, upping your chocolate intake doesn’t mean you should skimp on sunscreen, and just because you didn’t get burnt doesn’t mean your skin isn’t experiencing sun damage—but the results are still impressive!
Just make sure you’re choosing dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa if you’re looking for skin-boosting benefits. Unfortunately, a good ol’ Hershey’s bar won’t do much good.
If there were “super drinks” rather than superfoods, green tea would top the list.
Green tea is great for healing blemishes, detoxifying the skin, and plumping up your complexion — which is why we've incorporated it in our best-selling Hydrated Skin = Youth Moisturizer. Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties also make it a great acne-attacker.
Try putting green tea bags in the fridge and placing them under your eyes for an at-home, affordable under eye mask! Just make sure you’re using high quality green tea, as many brands end up mixing green and black tea together in their green tea products.
You may have heard that it’s a good idea to take some Zinc when you feel a cold coming on, but did you know that Zinc can also help fight acne?
Pumpkin seeds are naturally high in zinc, which can help regulate your oil glands and assist your skin with wound-healing. Pumpkin seeds are also filled with minerals and antioxidants, making them a superfood for your skin!
Puffy eye problems? Perfect time to cut open a watermelon!
Watermelon’s high water content can help reduce your skin’s water retention, which decreases puffiness around your eyes.
You already know that kale is a superfood, but here’s why it’s super for your skin: It’s rich in vitamin A, which helps promote skin cell turnover and delivers a boost of antioxidants. Healthy skin cell turnover means faster fading scars, reduced acne, and fresher looking skin.
Some even claim that applying kale directly to your skin can help fade bruises, scars, stretch marks, and spider veins.
Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and cherries are all full of antioxidants that protect your skin from environmental damage and free radicals. As far as fruit go, they are lower in sugar than other options, which make them a healthier choice overall.