Everyone wants beautiful, clear, moisturized, even toned skin.
I beg you to find me someone who doesn't…
You can wash, tone, moisturize and serum up your face with the best products on earth but at the end of the day your skin is mostly a reflection of what is on the inside. The skin is your body's largest organ and when you eat a healthy, clean diet your organs work more efficiently. I would have to say that basically every whole vegetable, fruit, nut and seed will have a positive effect on your health so always try to choose these over any processed food. Dairy, gluten, sugar and meat are all highly inflammatory which will have a negative effect on your organs and therefore your skin. I can tell you honestly and first hand that within two months of giving up dairy cold turkey my skin transformed from having acne, being blotchy and dry to looking fabulous (if I do say so myself)! I actually receive compliments on my skin these days which would have been unheard of 7 years ago. I couldn't be happier.
That being said there are some food that go above and beyond in looking out for your skin…
WALNUTS - these babies are super full of omega 3's and 6's providing moisture and protection four your gorgeous skin from the inside - snack on a couple today!
BELL PEPPERS - one yellow bell pepper has 568% of your daily vitamin C. It only has 50 calories. Now that is a ratio I like to see. Not only is that vitamin C keeping your immune system in tip top shape, it is also helping cell turnover in your skin - getting rid of the old stuff so the new beautiful skin cells can shine through. Uneven skin tone and brown spots are taken care of by this awesome vitamin. Cut one up today for a snack, put it on your salad, on your sandwich - do something with it - its amazing!
SUNFLOWER SEEDS - these tasty little guys are loaded with zinc which has anti inflammatory properties and protects against UV radiation. It is also a huge factor in reducing acne because it works to increase the amount Vitamin A in your body creating a "retinol" type of protein - yup just like the topical stuff that is advertised daily - minus the gross chemicals!
SWEET POTATOES - oh do I love a good sweet potato…it is amazing for your skin because 1 cup of sweet potato has 377% of your daily Vitamin A! Vitamin A is retinol which turns over new skin cells - Goodbye fine lines and wrinkles! Studies have shown that increasing your dietary intake of Vitamin A also helps cure acne, eczema, sunburn and dry skin. When you combine it with a good source of zinc (see SUNFLOWER SEEDS) it increases the power even more! Holy Super Hero! Bake one tonight - look better tomorrow ;-)
ALMONDS - all about the Vitamin E...which protects skin against damaging free radicals. This superstar vitamin protects skin against harmful UV sun damage. It also prevents dryness by helping skin retain its natural moisturizers. I like to get my almonds crushed up in almond butter which is delish on an apple, celery, or a piece of sprouted grain toast.
Work on getting some of these skin saving super foods into your diet on a regular basis and watch your skin transform. You are already so gorgeous on the inside - let it shine thorough.
Sending you sunshine, love and health,