We all want glowing, radiant skin, right? We're absolutely devoted to our skin care regimens. Morning and night you'll find most of us at the bathroom sink, cleansing or exfoliating and moisturizing. If you're like a lot of moms out there, things go out the window - the workout, the dog's walk or most anything else for yourself - but the skin routine is a keeper.
What else can we do to in addition to our daily skin regimen? We've got an easy one: Munching on nutrient-rich foods may just shine through in your complexion and may help keep dryness and dullness at bay.
Eat Up and Shine On
So snack on this: Here are some healthy foods that your skin may just benefit from.
Taste the Berries
Strawberries, blueberries and blackberries pack high amounts of antioxidants. Antioxidants can help block free radicals, such as the sun's rays, from damaging skin cells. But don't toss your sunscreen out either. Eating berries is just an extra step you can take to help protect your skin from damage.
Sweet Potatoes Treat
Vegetables like sweet potatoes contain beta-carotene and vitamins A and C - a good formula for beautiful skin. These nutrients may help your skin retain moisture and prevent dryness. Definitely worth trying, eh?
Go for Avocado
Yes. Bring on the guacamole.Avocado is a superfood, and it's super stacked with Vitamins A, D and E - which can help to replenish dry or damaged skin.
Wish for Fish
Salmon, tuna and mackerel contain omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. These acids may help maintain healthy cell membranes. The healthier your cell membranes are, the better they can typically hold moisture, essentially giving you softer, younger-looking skin. So if you haven't been in the habit of eating these particular fish, it's time to expand your palette - and plate.
It makes a lot of sense that oils can give your skin much-needed moistureR. ight? Just make sure you're using healthy oils like olive oil when you're cooking. Adding just 2 tablespoons a day to your diet may work to keep your skin properly lubricated and healthy.
A handful of chia seeds or walnuts contain an omega-3 fatty acid that may help reduce skin inflammation. They're also full of protein and minerals. Almonds contain vitamin E that could be associated with a healthy complexion. So go nuts.
The mineral selenium is an antioxidant found in whole-grain products. Selenium may be helpful to control cell damage that can lead to skin cancer. Munching on whole grains may help you avoid refined white flour and the starchy foods that can increase your insulin levels.
Chocolate-lover? Here's the permission you've been craving to have that piece ofc hocolate. The catch is to keep the portion small and, if possible, keep it a dark, dairy-free piece for the best shot at benefits. Cocoa can help hydrate your skin, and it may help to keep it more firm and youthful.
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