There is little in life that I enjoy more than food but skin care is way up there. Luckily, biology would have it that both intertwine. Food is fuel, and it is scientifically proven to influence your body. Foods that increase inflammation within the body can vary significantly based on a person’s individual genetic makeup but the general culprits are meat, dairy, and gluten. When the foods you consume cause inflammation, it can wreak havoc on the skin. The skin is the largest organ of the body, so when it gets inflamed it reacts with redness and irregular sebum production. This can result in either dry or oily skin, which in turn can result in break outs. If you are currently struggling with getting your acne under control, see my blog for Feed Your Skin Recovery series. This post is for individuals who have clear skin but are looking to increase elasticity and overall tone resulting in a bright and dewy complexion. I look at this form of diet as an expression of self-love and care, and although and I can’t pin point whether it’s the millennial self-care craze that got me started, I can’t deny that I feel great. So, my pampering routine is here to stay, and all the geriatrics out there who consider me a snowflake can go suck on a lemon.
WHAT I EAT FOR BRIGHT HYDRATED SKIN
- Grapefruit- Helps to detox and brighten the skin. The high Vitamin C content helps to boost collagen production and the antioxidants help fight free radicals that cause wrinkles, discoloration, and dull complexion.
- Yogurt/Kombucha- 80% of your immune system resides in your gut, both yogurt and Kombucha are packed with probiotics (jargon for healthy bacteria). When you consume either of these you load the body with free radical fighting goodness. Healthy digestion results in healthy skin. Dairy free? Try my homemade Vegan Yogurt recipe! Don’t like either of these foods? Then feel free to just supplement the probiotics in capsule form. Keep in mind to consume supplements with OJ or any other food high in vitamin C to help absorption.
- Mangoes- These lovely orange beauties contain beta carotene. When consumed, our bodies transform beta carotene into Vitamin A. This, along with Vitamin C, is crucial for our skin to repair itself. Since mangoes are packed with both vitamins, they provide a double whammy for skin satisfaction.
- Blueberries- While the humble blueberry appears small, it is packed with more antioxidants than green tea! When you consume these tasty, low glycemic treats you receive Vitamin A, C, and E in abundance. This aids in a youthful glow and helps to brighten dull or sun damaged skin.
- Water- Water is ESSENTIAL for keeping skin cells hydrated and working properly. Water plumps the skin cells up making them look less wrinkled. Also, it flushes impurities and toxins out of the system keeping your face fresh and clean and thus aids in reducing dullness.