Eating and skincare – my two favorite things and today I get to discuss them both! If you’re like me, you grew up being told what not to eat, because it’s bad for your skin. Today we’ll talk about how adding superfoods to your diet can bring out your healthiest, most vibrant skin.
What is Superfood?
A superfood is a nutrient-rich food that is considered extra beneficial to your health and, in your discussion today, your skin care regimen.
Superfood’s can be added to your diet without making major changes and I’m not an incredibly healthy eater so I’m not exaggerating. For example, popcorn is a superfood and I can find myself easily substituting it for potato chips as a daily snack. Oh, and popcorn made the list because it clobbers fruits and veggies on containing antioxidants due to their water content.
Two tablespoons of popcorn kernels have half of the necessary polyphenols (a type of antioxidant) needed in your daily diet! Seriously! As long as you don’t get crazy with the butter it’s totally good for you! Air-popped is the way to go as it contains half the calories of the microwave kind!
Up until not too long ago, when someone mentioned chia I thought of my chia pet – the only plant I couldn’t kill. But they serve a higher purpose then making me feel like an adequate gardener. Eating chia seeds not only helps banish belly fat but it is a great vegetarian substitute for omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants to fight off the free radicals that cause aging in the skin. You can throw some in your brownie mix or on top of your salads.
Or you can opt for an easier way to introduce them in your diet with the Mamma Chia Squeeze Vitality Snack in blackberry bliss which, not only has a great name but is also a great way to enjoy the benefits of chia seeds (it also comes in a variety pack of apple cinnamon, mango coconut, and green magic – 12 for $24.95) without feeling like vomiting afterwards.
It’s also a great anti-inflammatory which makes Chia Oil the perfect topical treatment for redness and also adds hydration to your skin. Perricone MD Chia Serum has a good one out now. Simply add a couple of drops to your skin cream and you’re done! I love it for the dry spots around my nose.
Say what?? Yup, some chocolates, the ones containing 70% cocoa content, help reduce stress hormones which translates into less collagen breakdown and less wrinkles. Lindt Excellence 70% Cocoa Chocolate Diamonds are cute little snacks you can keep around but don’t get carried away, have 2 pieces and call it a day! Those calories can add up.
When applied topically, caffeine rich chocolate may reduce puffiness in your skin. Try 100% Pure Cocoa Kona Coffee Body Cream that quenches your skin and smells amazing too!
You could have probably guessed that salmon would make the list. It’s high omega 3 fatty acid content helps keep your skin cells healthy by supporting the fatty membrane that protects them, thus helping to support the structure of your skin. I have some delectable salmon recipes for anyone that’s interested. 🙂
Broccoli is so easy to eat. You can put broccoli on top of a potato, put it in a quiche or ladle some cheese sauce on it if you really don’t like it but, regardless, you have to eat it. This cruciferous veggie is high in antioxidants like vitamin C and E that aids in the production of collagen and guards your skin against damaging UV rays. I make at least one broccoli dish every week.
Cabbage stew anyone? Cabbage relieves redness in the skin due to inflammation and excema. My girlfiriend from high school was suffering from excema and swears when she added cabbage to her diet it greatly improved. Worth a try!
Royal Rose Radicchio
Royal rose radicchio is not only a beautiful way to spruce up a salad but increases collagen production as well as fight free-radical damage.
Do you remember when eggs were gastro non grata? Well at least the yolks were. I remember my trainer all like ‘Only the whites!’ when I’d order my cheesy egg scramble, as if the yolks were the problem there. Well due to the egg yolks fat content, the yolk’s lutein and zeaxanthin, two unique carotenoids that help protect the skin from damage caused by environmental exposure, can be absorbed better than with any other sources of these super carotenoids.
Manuka Honey a special kind of honey produced from the bees in New Zealand. This yummy stuff, when slathered on your face, is so high in antioxidants that it stimulates your skin to grow new cells and reduce inflammation. It does this in a round-about way by acting as a pro-inflammatory, impelling the growth of new skin cells, and then producing an anti-inflammatory to help calm and affect the area as it heals. Manuka honey is so powerful that it can be used with antibiotics to battle multi-drug-resistant bacteria. ButIt’s not something commonly found in your local grocery store. I order mine here.
Dried figs, when applied topically to your skin, dried figs help clean out the pores to reduce breakouts and get rid of any inflammation of the skin. When consumed they are said to combat skin disorders such as whiteheads and even cysts. If you haven’t these then your certainly in for a treat!
Aloe Vera is an excellent healer and perfect to apply to your skin after a microdermabrasion or laser procedure as well as too much time in the sun. It helps with ecxema and psoriasis when they flare up. Sometimes, I’ll take some 100% Pure Aloe Vera Tonic by Aubrey Organics and apply it to my face and body with a wash cloth and sit in the steam for a few minutes. My skin feels so smooth and refreshed afterwards!
Aloe Vera juice, when consumed is a great source of vitamin B’s and choline, which helps in keep the fatty portions of the cell membranes happy (which is necessary for healthy, vibrant skin).
There are lots of superfoods to choose from, this is only a dozen of my favorite. In the coming posts I’ll bring more to notice but in the meantime, try these recommended superfoods for your skin and by the time your sick of them, I’ll have rounded up some more!