I often get asked what my skincare regimen is.
It's really simple.
And, to be totally honest, I really don't use a ton of products, side from a daily moisturizer with SPF and an anti-wrinkle cream. It comes down to what I eat.
There is really no other truth. When it comes to a natural glow; you really are what you eat.
Girlfriend, I get it...
Curbing breakouts and clearing up our complexions are always on our mind. But, if you really want to achieve amazing skin, think about what you are putting in your mouth. You have to nourish your body from the inside out.
Here are foods that will help fight redness, puffiness, and wrinkles.
There's a reason why it's a popular ingredient in face masks. As well as being packed with high amounts of fiber, protein, magnesium, vitamin B6, E, and K, avocados also hold biotin. Not only is biotin essential for helping prevent brittle hair and nails, but it also helps combat dry skin. Unlike other fruits, avocados also contain Omega-9 fats, which can help repair damaged skin by reducing irritation and redness.
Let’s be real, we all want to look and feel younger and have youthful skin indefinitely. I contacted my Naturopath and read a bunch of medical journals and found out that the answer is Collagen + Vitamin C. Collagen is a naturally occurring protein and the building block of healthy skin, hair and nails. And vitamin C reverses the harmful effects of UV exposure on the skin by neutralizing free radicals. Interestingly though, vitamin C is essential for the synthesis of collagen. Taking a collagen supplement, without vitamin C, won’t have the same impact.
They're a fabulous source of vitamin A and C, which helps your skin battle acne and speeds up the rebuilding process of your skin. It also contains magnesium, potassium, niacin, carotene, protein, fiber and an enzyme called papain that provides many health benefits. Not just the fruit pulp, even the seeds of papaya have many health benefits. Papaya has several components that are great for your skin as well as hair.
The skin contains high levels of vitamin A and beta-carotene. When the body receives beta-carotene, it converts it into active vitamin A, which is essential for maintaining healthy skin, hair, and teeth.
I LOVE matcha! It keeps your skin glowing by helping to hydrate the skin cells and fight inflammation that would otherwise irritate and dull your skin. Proper hydration improves cell turnover, meaning you have healthy new cells to improve your skin tone and maintain vibrant looking skin. If matcha is not for you, you can drink regular green tea or straight up water with lemon to keep your hydration status high.
Simply put, it's a glowing skin superfood. It's high in omega-3 fatty acids that work to maintain wrinkle-free skin, reduce inflammation, and prevent collagen breakdown, keeping your skin smooth, young, and healthy. It also helps to fight breakouts and keep the skin clean, clear, and bright. Add it to a salad or have it as a main dish two to three meals a week.
The spice is a great anti-inflammatory that's also high in curcuminoids, which are antioxidant phytochemicals. These antioxidants fight free radicals and prevent them from causing wrinkles and age spots, while also fighting inflammation, like redness and puffiness, leaving your skin looking bright, clear, and glowing. You can easily incorporate it into your diet is by drinking golden milk or incorporating it into dishes like scrambled eggs or mixed vegetables.
Valerie is a San Francisco native who loves overall health and wellness. She content creator and recipe developer, helping brands in the Fitness, Health & Wellness space tell their stories through gluten-free, mostly plant-based food, life + travel.