Now that the new year is upon us, it’s time for you to get out your resolution list. Is getting healthier in the upcoming year one of your resolutions? It can be an easy task if you get some ideas on how to start and remain healthy. Adding good foods to your diet (without actually dieting) can be a great way to begin a new stage in your life. Some people want to commit to exercise, so they work from the inside out. But adding healthy foods to your diet will help you work from the outside-in too.
There are thousands of ways to help mask your skin from the world, but what if, instead, you let your skin out? Eating healthy doesn’t only help your body look and feel good, but it also affects your skin.
So eating from a list of healthy foods that can not only affect your skin but also keep your body in a good place doesn’t sound too difficult, does it? Maybe it is overwhelming because if you don’t have the information, learning a bunch of new stuff before the end of the year can add pressure and anxiety to any change.
As an example of how easy adding healthy food to your diet is, go to your refrigerator, french door or otherwise, and find two items on the list below that you can start eating today. Once you see how easy that is, you can begin with the small step of eating one handful of nuts a day as a mid-morning snack. Or munch on a few carrots.
Eating a generous amount of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains can help your skin become more luminous and less riddled with unwanted spots, acne, or circles. Read below to find out what foods can help you eat your way to fabulous skin.
Foods and Oils
Cherries — These rich, red fruits have a fantastic source of vitamin C and are high in collagen, which is the component for getting your face full and shapely.
Turmeric — This is a spice that works against inflammation and will help take away any irritation that your skin may have. Turmeric can be used in many different dishes to add an extra bit of Indian flare to your recipe. Not only can this spice be used in everyday food, but you can also buy it in a vitamin format or in a full format where you can cut or slice the turmeric to your liking.
Avocado and avocado oil — Avocados are excellent, heart-healthy fats. The avocado is multi-versatile too: you can eat it or put it on your face. When you use or eat an avocado, you’ll be giving your skin a burst of antioxidants that will help keep moisture in. Avocados are great in smoothies, salads, dips, and can be used in face masks.
Tomatoes — Tomatoes have lycopene, and lycopene is found in many kinds of sunscreens but is also a natural sun blocker. This wonder fruit (yes, it is a fruit) will help fight against skin cancer and can make a mean sauce. Tomatoes are extremely versatile and can be found in salads, salsa, and can be incorporated in all sorts of meals (eggs for breakfast, sandwiches for lunch, and salads for dinner).
Coconut Oil — The oil from the coconut is another healthy type of fat. It will give your skin the moisture it lacks and can help brighten up your teeth. It can also be used as a makeup remover that doesn’t have any harsh chemicals to dry or irritate your skin. Cooking with coconut oil adds a new bit of flavor to your meals but will also allow your skin to reap the benefits of eating a healthy fat instead of cooking with vegetable oil.
Vitamins and Minerals
Vitamin E — This vitamin helps keep your skin moist, fights against the sun, and helps repair damaged skin (even scars). Vitamin E is a great antioxidant and can be purchased in oil form or is found in these foods: spinach, nuts, and seeds.
Vitamin C — As stated above, vitamin C is rich in collagen, which helps give your face and skin that full, bouncy look. You can find vitamin C in cherries, carrots, oranges, lemons, broccoli, watermelon, all colors of peppers, and many others. Eating five helpings of fruit or vegetables with vitamin C in it daily will help keep your skin looking fresh and clean.
Omega 13 — Omega 13 is another healthy fat. This healthy fat helps heal your skin from inside-out. It is used to reduce inflammation and irritation. Flaxseed or flaxseed oil is a great method of getting this fat, not to mention salmon, fish, walnuts, or soybeans.
Selenium — This can be found in mushrooms, eggs, crab, oysters, tuna, and brazil nuts. If you eat this ingredient often, it will help you keep your skin’s elasticity and firmness. Selenium also helps protect your skin from sun damage.
Beta carotene — When you eat foods with beta carotene in it, you are ingesting a powerful antioxidant. Beta carotene converts into vitamin A when it is consumed, and vitamin A is good for your eyesight, muscle tissue, and encourages a healthy immune system. Foods that have plenty of beta carotene are carrots, red peppers, pumpkins, apricots, and sweet potatoes.
Adding healthy food options into your diet is an easy step to take on the way to fabulous skin. Once you get used to eating one or two items in this article daily, you’ll see how simple the transition will be.
Your skin needs plenty of antioxidants and healthy fats to keep it looking full, clean, and bright. Adding collagen to your diet will help keep your skin bouncy and fresh. Cleaning your face with avocado face masks and drinking those smoothies will help with skin irritation. Eating fish or flaxseed can help heal your skin from the inside out and rid any extra inflammation.
Fantastic skin doesn’t just happen, and it has to be maintained like everything else. Starting with a healthy diet is a great and cost-effective way to reach that goal.