We’ve all heard the phrase that beauty comes from within. Most of the time I think of this phrase as referring to attitude and personality, meaning kindness is beautiful. Recently I picked up the book called “Goop Clean Beauty” that made me realize that beauty coming from within is also about the food we eat. Up until now, when I’ve focused on nutritional benefits I have talked about internal benefits, but this post will focus on some foods that promote skin health.
Although water isn’t a food, it is something we consume that is so good for our skin. Water keeps the skin moist which makes wrinkles and fine lines less noticeable. Water also helps promote blood flow which gives your skin a glow.
One food that offers many benefits to the skin is avocado. Avocados contain many healthy fats that help keep the skin moisturized. There is also evidence that avocados may contain a compound that helps protect the skin from UV damage from the sun. This is important because UV damage can cause wrinkles and signs of aging. Avocados also contain Vitamin C which is necessary for the production of collagen. Collagen is necessary for keeping your skin strong and healthy.
Another food that offers benefits to your skin is sweet potato. Sweet potato contains a nutrient called beta carotene. Beta carotene acts as a natural sunblock. Also, high amounts of beta carotene have been shown to cause a warm orange color on your skin which gives a healthier looking appearance.
Broccoli is another food that offers major benefits to the skin. Broccoli contains a compound called sulforaphane which helps protect the skin from sun damage by neutralizing free radicals and turning on certain protective systems in the body. Sulforaphane also contains collagen which helps keep the skin strong and healthy.
Kale is another food that as a powerhouse for promoting healthy skin. Not only is kale loaded with antioxidants, but it is also full of Vitamins A, K, and C. Antioxidants help prevent inflammation in the skin. The Vitamin C can help protect the skin from sun damage along with keeping collagen in the skin strong. Kale can also give the hair a glow(not the skin but still a great benefit!). Kale has also been shown to help detoxify the skin, reduce wrinkles, and reduce the appearance of dark circles.