Everyone wants gorgeous glowing skin, naturally. Healthy is the new beautiful and we have good news, you can boost that beautiful complexion of yours by upping your food game. Certain foods are packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, which all contribute to stunning skin!
Let’s break down free radicals for a minute since this term will be coming up a lot in this blog. Basically, these little guys are the ones responsible for damaging cells and causing all sorts of health problems.
In the skin, free radical damage leads to the breakdown of collagen, which shows up as signs of aging. Free radicals are the result of the oxidation of atoms which causes them to break apart and become free radicals. These free radicals then steal electrons from otherwise stable atoms, creating a chain-like reaction. This impairs the cells’ ability to function in a healthy, normal way.
Free radicals are almost impossible to avoid since there are many contributing outside factors (smoking, stress, pollution). However, it is possible to eliminate them and reverse the signs of damage through something called Redox Technology.
We use Redox Technology in all our products to give you healthy skin from the inside out.
To learn more about free radicals and the science behind them, read our blog on oxidative stress.
Antioxidants are also a powerful way to fight free radicals and oxidative stress, these little helpers are often found in healthy fruits and vegetables. This is why eating these super-foods will boost your complexion and help you shine bright like the diamond you are!
This obviously had to be our number one on the list since it is so important. Water is not only essential for skincare but also vital for overall health. It’s basically a life source, such a simple liquid has so many benefits!
The skin is the largest organ of the body and is made up of cells, like all cells it is composed mainly of water. It’s composed of 64 percent water in fact. So, the entire body needs water to function properly.
The advised amount of water intake is around 8 glasses a day, even more, if you live in a hot climate. Most of us don’t drink enough water daily and the results will appear on our skin. When we don’t drink enough water, we dehydrate our skin, leaving it dry and dull. Water can help prevent acne and breakouts and will even help protect the skin against signs of aging. So, drink up and glow my friend!
The raw cocoa bean has very high levels of flavanols, a type of antioxidant. But most of these are lost during the actual process of making the chocolate. That is why you hear health experts recommending dark chocolate over white. But dark chocolate can do wonders for your skin. To reap these benefits, be sure to eat only high-quality dark chocolate with at least 70 percent cocoa.
The flavanols in dark chocolate can protect the skin against sun damage. Studies show that dietary flavanols from cocoa offer photoprotection and improve dermal blood circulation. Dark chocolate is loaded with nutrients that benefit the skin, such as soluble fiber and valuable minerals, but more importantly, it also contains antioxidants, which prevent the cell damage caused by free radicals through oxidative stress.
Green Tea is an ancient herbal drink that is well known for its health benefits. But Green tea is not just tea. The preparation of green tea differs from other teas because it doesn’t involve any fermentation, which inactivates the antioxidants.
Of all the antioxidants, green tea is the strongest. Antioxidants are those agents that can counteract the effects of free radicals which cause damage to cells. Antioxidants bind to the free radicals, deactivating them before they can cause harm. Since green tea contains such a high number of antioxidants, polyphenols slow down the signs of aging. Green tea has EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate) which has a huge effect on hormone levels and is wonderful for clearing up those blemishes!
Walnuts have so many health benefits, they are loaded with omega 3 fatty acids which reduce bad cholesterol, improve your brain power, heart health, give you shiny hair, skin, and nails. These little brain-shaped nuts are a great source of essential fats, zinc, vitamin E, vitamin C, and protein. All these factors are a powerhouse for glowing, clear skin.
Next time you have a snack craving, reach for some walnuts. Not only will they lower your stress levels, help your heart and make you smarter… but your skin will thank you as well!
Your body turns beta-carotene in carrots into vitamin A in the body. One carrot alone can give you almost 300 percent of your daily intake of vitamin A. Having a steady diet that incorporates carrots will keep your skin vibrant and healthy since they are loaded with antioxidants, vitamins A and C. Not to mention the numerous other health benefits like improving eyesight, growing strong nails, and luscious hair.
Carrots can help with so many skin problems; like acne, dermatitis, inflammation, rashes, etc. Carrots even help in repairing skin tissues, because of their healing qualities, they can be applied directly on wounds to heal them quickly!
Even the carotenoids in carrots protect the skin against harmful UV rays and heal sunburns. These really are a superfood!
Christopher Columbus brought pineapples back to Europe after an expedition to South America and they have become popular throughout the entire world today.
Fresh pineapple is the only known source of an enzyme called bromelain, which has so many benefits. Bromelain is an enzyme that helps soften the skin and fights inflammation and swelling. They are also packed with vitamin C, which helps to fight skin damage caused by free radicals, and reduces wrinkles. It also plays a vital role in the formation of collagen, which gives the skin a smooth clear appearance.
Yogurt is rich in riboflavin (vitamin B2), vitamin B6, vitamin B12, and protein. The bacterium in yogurt can help slow down the anti-aging process and also helps with skin conditions such as acne, and eczema.
However, be cautious because dairy can cause breakouts. So make sure you are eating Greek yogurt for your skin since it contains a high number of probiotics. You can even apply it directly to the skin to help fight acne. Simply apply a thin layer over the affected area before bed and wash off in the morning. The bacteria should clear up any issues overnight. Try adding some fruit, nuts, or honey to this delicious treat to detoxify your skin.
Avocados are an extremely nutrient-dense food that contributes nearly 20 vitamins and minerals to your diet. One avocado daily gives you such wonderful vitamins and nutrients.
Avocados have a good kind of fat which acts as a natural moisturizer for the skin. They also contain about 63% oleic acid, phytonutrients, and vitamin E which are all great natural moisturizers. It gets to the skin cells in the deepest layer of the skin, giving you hydrated skin from the inside out. Avocados contain a wide range of carotenoids like alpha-carotene, beta carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin, violaxanthin, and neoxanthin.
No wonder these little guys are so popular, now pass that avocado toast!
Oranges are packed with vitamins and minerals, beta-carotene, potassium, magnesium, and fiber. Their alkalizing and detoxifying properties keep your body healthy and brighten up your complexion.
They are rich in vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant. These antioxidants prevent free radicals from doing serious harm to your skin. Keeping it healthy and younger-looking.
Dark spots and blemishes are treated by oranges, you can even apply orange peels directly to your skin to give it a little boost.
Eating blueberries helps in slowing the aging process. A powerful superfood, blueberries are rich in antioxidants. These combat free radicals and prevent them from causing damage.
Blueberries have a high concentration of salicylates, which is the salt of the salicylic acid. Salicylic acid is widely used in topical acne treatment products. Its ability to remove dead skin, open pores, and fight bacteria makes it very effective for fighting acne. Vitamin A, in particular, is used in a variety of acne-related skin treatments.
The vitamins in blueberries neutralize oil levels in your skin, making it less likely to accumulate sebum. Blueberries are another food you can apply directly to the skin, here are two DIY face masks to try!
Bell peppers are excellent sources of nutrients like vitamins C, A, and B6. They also contain vitamin E, vitamin K, folate and potassium; and antioxidants! Talk about packing a punch.
Red bell peppers especially contain twice the amount of vitamin C as others which makes them extremely beneficial for your skin. Vitamin C helps to form collagen, which is so important for healthy, smooth skin.
Red bell peppers are great sources of cancer-fighting carotenoids: lutein, beta-cryptoxanthin, and zeaxanthin. These carotenoids help reduce swelling and irritation.
Make bell peppers a part of your regular diet, to keep your skin young and healthy, plus they are a delicious add-on to brighten any dish!
Turmeric is a rhizome, which is a root. It comes from a flowering plant (Curcuma longa) in the ginger family that grows naturally in India and Southeast Asia. It is often used in Eastern cooking because it helps with digestion and stomach problems.
Thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial benefits it’s great for treating skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema. Due to these properties, it is also wonderful for keeping acne at bay. It will help reduce swelling and redness. It can even help lighten dark spots.
Add some of this seasoning to your next dish for a superfood boost, just be careful not to get it on your hands and clothes, it stains!
Tomatoes enable the skin to absorb oxygen which helps to make the skin look younger and healthy.
These are packed with tomatin which is known for its anti-inflammatory benefits, because of this it’s fantastic at healing skin wounds and acne. They also contain an antioxidant called lycopene which acts as a natural sunscreen. This protects the skin from UV rays. Not to mention, they are loaded with vitamins C, E, B6, B1, B3, and B2 so they are extremely healthy and are sure to give your complexion a boost!
Honey is used in so many beauty products today and it’s easy to see why. In its raw, unfiltered, and wild state, honey is rich in minerals, antioxidants, probiotics, enzymes, and antibacterial properties. These all protect and nourish damaged skin.
Honey supports the production of melatonin, which is essential for a good night’s sleep. The amino acids repair tissue to keep the skin plump and strong.
In its raw unprocessed form, honey is one of the best sources of live healing enzymes, containing about two hundred active substances on average. When applied topically, honey acts as a humectant making it intensely hydrating. It can heal fungal infections and has even been used to treat burns and bacterial infections.
Check out these great Manuka Honey Face Masks!
Acai berries have been consumed for thousands of years, and we know why. These reddish-purple fruits kind of resemble blueberries at a distance, and they are just as antioxidant-packed! They are found in the rainforests of South America and have become so popular worldwide over the last century since they contain so many antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.
They are one of the best wrinkle-fighting foods on the planet because it has one of the highest ORAC (antioxidant) values around. It’s been labeled a superfood because of its incredible power to fight one of the most damaging free radicals, superoxide. In turn, reducing the signs of aging, skin damage, and skin conditions.
The powerful antioxidant berries are your skin’s new best friend.