We all want healthy, glowing skin! You know—radiant skin featured on the latest skincare commercial? Well what if I told you, you can get just that by incorporating these nine foods into your diet. Would you do it?
New studies in dermatology show that not only are certain foods great for your overall health and well-being, but they also can do wonders for your skin. So stock up on these healthy foods we’ve rounded up and enjoy radiant, glowing skin!
Bet you’re shocked about this one, aren’t you? Well believe it or not, this sweet treat is not only good to eat, it’s also good for your skin. Now we know, too much of a good thing is a bad thing. So we suggest you stick to under one ounce of dark chocolate/150 calories a day. Give it a couple weeks and enjoy less roughness and scaliness in your skin.
Chocolate for the win!
Not only is oatmeal full of nutrition for your early morning start, but it’s also the best way to clear your skin. From baths to cereal, this little hot treat sure is quite the superfood. Want to know why? Oatmeal is packed full of refined, sugary carbs. And when you eat oatmeal, your body produces more insulin and increases the hormone known as androgens. Having a high androgen level helps your skin produce more oil, getting rid of trapped dirt and makeup in your pores that cause blemishes.
So eat up! Have you tried oatmeal with different types of fruits and berries, yet?
Isn’t kale the superfood of the year right now? It seems everywhere you look, something or someone is telling you to eat more kale. And they’re absolutely right—you should eat more kale. Kale is full of lutein and zeaxanthin—essential nutrients that your body needs to fight harmful free radicals caused by sunlight (UV light). For those of you gritting your teeth at the thought of eating kale, just think of this—one cup of kale gives you 134% of your daily (skin-tightening) vitamin C and A.
Here’s to adding kale to every meal!
Did you know that dairy is actually an inflammatory? Meaning it can aggravate your skin, causing it to swell, show more acne, wrinkles, and rashes. Not cool, milk! But luckily for you, there are several non-dairy substitutes. Almond milk is a great alternative for you to try. You can get it sweetened, unsweetened, or with a different flavor (vanilla, strawberry, chocolate).
Add it to your coffee or cereal in the morning and watch the difference it makes.
Yellow Bell Peppers
When you think of bell peppers, how many of you think of the green or red kind? Me too! Little attention is paid to the yellow bell pepper—but we should change that. Surprisingly, people who eat more yellow peppers have fewer wrinkles. Want to know why that is? It’s because of the antioxidants packed in these little peppers that help fight free radicals that cause aging.
Choose right. Pick the yellow pepper next time you go out.
Kiwi! The sweetest fruits to ever grace a fruit salad. I love kiwi and for good reasons. Not only are these fruits sweet, they’re also a great source of vitamin C. One kiwi will give you 120% of your daily vitamin C needs. And you know vitamin C is great at keeping your skin tight and smooth, right?
So cut up more kiwi for your fruit salad next time you make it. You’ll be glad you did.
Now you’re probably thinking—OK, this lady has lost me now. How can a pumpkin help me get radiant skin? Glad you asked. A cooked pumpkin, Cinderella, is a great source of beta-carotene—a fancy way of saying a great source of vitamin A. Vitamin A is the essential vitamin for growing skin cells. And more new skin cells equals smoother skin with less wrinkles. So cook yourself up about half a cup of pumpkin and enjoy 400% of your daily vitamin A need.
Is it Halloween, yet?
I’m a big fan of sunflower seeds, and I never knew it was a great source of vitamin E. Occupying 37% of your daily vitamin E needs, these little seeds help fight away blemishes. Why is that, you ask? Vitamin E is believed to help with your immune system, which assists your body in fighting inflammation—a.k.a acne.
Bring on the sun and sunflower seeds, please.
How does the saying go? A glass of wine a day keeps the doctor away. Something like that, right? Studies are now showing that not only is red wine great for your health, it’s also great for your skin. For people who sip a glass of red wine a day, they had a 28% reduction in skin lesions caused by sun damage.
Top my glass off, will you? Cheers to red wine and healthy skin! And a great way to end a blog, right?
We hoped you enjoyed our list of nine of the best foods you should eat to help you have radiant, glowing skin. Do you have any superfoods you eat to help your skin? Let us know in the comment section below, or show off your glowing skin on our Facebook page.