Since the arrival of summer, I have been eating much lighter and healthier in preparation for sundress and bathing suit season (I am actually on the last day of a 3 day all juice cleanse right now for that very reason.) This got me thinking that most of the time when we think about eating healthy, we tend to think about our bodies and how our food choices impact our weight, how clothes fit and how we look. In my opinion, the appearance of our face and skin is equally as important as how our bodies look, so recently I have been exploring what foods have the best benefits for the overall appearance and health of your skin. Here is a list of the top five foods that are good for your skin:
Almonds moisturize and improve the texture of hair and skin. Almonds contain Omega fatty acids, which help reduce inflammation, and vitamin B, which promotes the growth of hair and nails. Raw almonds are the best for you. They are filled with fiber and are great as a protein-filled snack on the go. I always keep a bag of almonds in my car for munching on when I am stuck in traffic or on those days when I forget to eat.
Blueberries contain antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties that diminish free radical damage and premature aging of the skin. The antioxidants in blueberries help prevent wrinkles and help control acne. Fresh blueberries taste floral and bright and are a wonderful way to start your day in a smoothie or on top of yogurt. I love going blueberry picking and getting the sweetest, freshest tastiest berries ever, so yummy and fun!
Greek yogurt is a wonderfully creamy and satiating yogurt that tastes great with fresh berries, honey and a sprinkle of granola, or mixed with herbs for a refreshing dip. Yogurt contains a high level of calcium which increases cell turnover in the skin. When applied topically, the natural probiotic properties of yogurt can rejuvenate the skin and peel away years of sun damage.
Olive oil is filled with monounsaturated fat, which balances moisture in the skin. Olive oil is high in antioxidants like vitamin E, which fights free radicals and prevents aging. Olive oil also promotes a smooth, radiant complexion and helps maintain the elasticity of the skin. I use a drizzle of olive oil daily in salads or for cooking; It’s definitely a staple in my diet. I love artisanal oils too, like the basil infused oil I recently bought while on vacation. Add a little fresh garlic and you have the perfect dip for fresh baked bread.