Food is the most powerful medicine we have available. When we treat our body like a temple by feeding it nourishing foods, we’re supporting both our physical health as well as our mental health.
But have you ever considered how beneficial our diets can be to our skin as well? Incorporating key ingredients onto your plate every day will support you on your journey to revealing your own radiant glow.
Read the list below for our top five must-have foods to keep in the kitchen if you’re serious about your #SkinGoals!
Coconut Oil: There’s a reason why coconut oil has been used as a natural moisturizer for thousands of years! Composed of nourishing fatty acids (and especially high in lauric acid), it’s known to be ideal for dry, rough and wrinkled skin, revealing a youthful glow from within. Coconut oil also contains vitamin E, which is great to not only prevent stretch marks, but also lighten existing ones.
Arugula: A cruciferous green-leafy vegetable, Arugula is highly alkaline and neutralizes acidic waste products throughout the blood and lymphatic system. It’s also an amazing source of beta-carotene, which plays a big role in cellular health. Beta-carotene not only helps inhibit acne, it also protects the skin from sun damage and fights topical infections. Sounds like we’ll be reaching for this green more often!
Cucumbers: You may know the old “cucumber slices over the eyes” trick, but actually consuming it can do wonders for our facial skin’s health. The vitamin C and caffeic acid in cucumbers both fight to reduce inflamed or irritated skin, while also delivering hydration due to its high water content. The peel itself also contains something called silica, which can help firm up sagging skin.
Olive Oil: Is this the reason behind why Greeks seem to have the most envious golden glow of all? Olive oil is rich in antioxidants, but its real skin benefit is about its good fats (the monounsaturated kind). These healthy fats help cells resist photoaging, which surfaces as wrinkling. vitamin D and E are found in olive oil, which is why it can also improve skin elasticity and its regenerative properties.
Aloe Vera: Many know that aloe vera is an amazing natural ingredient that can moisturize the skin and even help treat sunburns. However, most people believe you can only use it topically! Drinking this healthy elixir in juice form provides you with a number of other health benefits. Rich in antioxidant and vitamins, it can assist in reducing the frequency and appearance of acne. As another alkaline food, aloe vera can help flush out your body and keep it balanced, even minimizing conditions such as psoriasis and dermatitis.