If you're reading this, you're probably a skincare lover like myself. We love to nurture our skin with the latest and greatest enriching products in the search for perfect skin.
However, what we put inside our bodies can help support the beneficial ingredients we apply to our skin. Implementing certain foods and eliminating others for a more balanced, nutritional diet is a natural choice we can make to improve our skin concerns.
Today, I’d like to share some simple nutrient-rich foods that can help improve troubled skin and aid in the appearance of a healthier-looking complexion.
Dairy products and high-glycemic foods have been scientifically linked to break-out prone skin. Replacing milk and highly processed foods with natural whole foods (like the ones listed below) may help reduce inflammation and over production of blemish-causing oils.
Packed with antioxidants, this “super-drink” is great for defending your skin against environmental stressors.
This versatile, yummy fruit is a rich source of Vitamin C and E, which can help reduce inflammation and add hydration to the skin. (An excuse for more guacamole? Yes please!)
FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
Beta-carotenes contained in many fruits and vegetables are naturally anti-inflammatory and can aid in clearing oily skin.
Try replacing sugary breakfast cereal with a homemade smoothie in the morning with your favorite fruits and veggies. You can even infuse a little agave to satisfy your sweet tooth!
Detoxing our bodies with fresh whole foods is a great way to start seeing clearer skin. But I also recommend complimenting a skin-healthy diet with a skin detox. Apply the Clarifying Detox Mask 2-3 times a week just after cleansing to clear pores, promote a more balanced complexion, and brighten and soothe inflamed skin.
If you are prone to blemishes, adding the Salicylic Treatment Complex to your evening routine may help prevent breakouts. (And don’t forget, always follow with a moisturizer!)
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REDUCING DARK CIRCLES & PUFFY EYES
The onset of spring and summer means allergy season, and your eyes may be feeling the effects of pollen. It’s also the time of year when days are longer, kids are wrapping up their school year, and we just accidentally stay up later than we mean to. If you’re not getting the recommended 8 hours of sleep, those dark circles may start to creep up on you. But lucky for you, there are so many delectable, nutritional foods to promote vibrant, hydrated eyes.
Placing refreshing cucumbers slices on your eyes is a well-loved spa remedy for dark circles and puffiness.
Cucumbers are vitamin rich to help improve skin’s elasticity. They provide nourishment and support rehydration with collagen-boosting silica and skin-strengthening sulphur.
Blueberries are one of the most popular super-fruits. And it’s no wonder – they are known for supporting eye health. A prime source of the antioxidants, blueberries help protect delicate blood vessels and improve circulation to the eyes.
Tomatoes carry the powerful antioxidant lycopene. Like blueberries, tomatoes are beneficial for supporting circulation to the eyes and aiding in protecting delicate blood vessels.
In addition to these eye-boosting super foods, I recommend treating dark circles, puffy undereye bags, or dryness with the Retinol Supreme Eye Serum. Its ingredients have been clinically proven to lift and firm the eye area while locking in intense levels of hydration.
(Check out a few other tips I have for Improving the Appearance for Tired Eyes in this blog.)
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Speaking of hydration… How can we ensure we are getting the most from these wonderful skin-enhancing foods? WATER.
Water processes nutrients from the food we eat and carries them to the cells, supporting skin health, and our overall health. So drink up! You can’t go wrong with the healing properties of H2O.
Making a few changes to your diet can be a wonderful way to a holistically healthier body. And you just may see some improvement to your skin too!
What is your favorite healthy snack? Please share below, I’d love to hear from you!