For this week's #TipTuesday, I'm focusing on skin-health promoting skincare, because beautiful skin starts on the inside. It's kind of funny to think that so many of these foods are used as ingredients or extracts in K-Beauty products, but for some reason, I forget to include them in my diet where they could provide even more benefit.
Nourishing your skin with foods that support skin health can lead to radiant, glowing skin.
1. Almondsand Other Foods with Omega-3 Fatty Acids (the good fat!) and Vitamin E
Powerful health benefits not just for your brain and cardiovascular system, but for keeping skin cells plump while dramatically reducing inflammation at the cellular level that can cause sagging and fine lines. Vitamin E is well-documented for supporting skin health. Besides almonds, trysalmon, edamame, halibutand other foods rich in both Omega-3s and vitamin E.
- Add a few drops of almond oil to your palm and mix with your makeup remover for extra nourishment.
- Massage almond oil into skin at night for extra hydration.
2. Tea:EGCG and Theaflavins
These are found in green tea and black tea. What do they do? Not only do they have preventive properties against skin cancer, they also slow down wrinkles by reducing collagen breakdown. Drinking tea also helps with stress, which is a big cause of skin issues.
- Place used tea bags in a plastic baggie and leave them in the refrigerator for 20 minutes. Then place them over your eyes for instant benefit, not only infusing nourishment, but reducing inflammation and puffiness.
What?We’ve all heard the warning that chocolate causes acne, but there actually hasn’t been scientific proof backing that up! What there is proof of is, dark chocolate has antioxidants, which limits free radicals and prevents cell breakdown and sagging. Chocolate also releases endorphins, which reduces stress too. Just don't go overboard, since too much sugar is damaging to collagen.
4. Citrus:Detoxifying Properties and Vitamin C
Citrus fruits have strong health benefits for keeping your internal organs detoxified, and being healthy inside is a vital part of keeping skin looking its best. Liver issues can cause yellow, or sallow, skin. Poor cardiovascular health can cause dull, gray skin. Another benefit, vitamin C foods have long been used for maintaining fresh, bright skin.
- Place a slice of grapefruit over blotchy or areas showing discoloration from sun damage.
- Don't forget about kiwi, strawberry, pineapple, and mango, which all share citrus-like properties.
5. Avocado:Omega-9 Fatty Acids, Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Antioxidants
There’s a reason why avocado is championed as a healthy skin powerhouse. Omega-9 fatty acids are loaded with oleic acid, which regenerates damaged skin cells, reduces redness, boosts hydration, and maintains skin softness. On top of that, avocados are packed with vitamins and antioxidants that enrich skin and promote collagen health.
- Make our nourishing DIY avocado + coconut oil + rice + honey facial:Click here for a link to our easy tutorial!
Water:Hydrating and Purifying
Not exactly a food, but so important for keeping skin hydrated and pores clear. Spritzing your face with water and applying moisture don’t compare to the benefits to drinking plenty of water. Stay hydrated, and your skincare routine will payoff even more!
- Start your facial routine by pouring a glass of water. Finish it by the time you're done to make sure you never skip!
Foods to Avoid:
- Anything high in sodium, which causes eyes to appear puffy
- Overdoing sugar, because breaking down sugar also damages collagen
- High carbs--like we need another reason to avoid carbs? They convert to glucose and have oxidative properties that harm collagen like sugar.
Foods to Enjoy Moderately:
- Red wine, because it's so rich in antioxidants, but you have to weigh it against the negative effects of alcohol.
- Coffee, because it has detoxing properties, but caffeine in high amounts acts as a dehydrating diuretic that can dull skin.
Do you know of any skin-healthy foods?
Have you tried making smoothies specifically for skin health?
What are your favorite recipes for promoting skin-health?
Yum! Healthy, refreshing, and so good for your skin!