According to nutritionist, Maria Patricia Restrepo, “Artificial foods are the biggest no-no, as they literally suck the liveliness from our skin.”
I imagine most of us will agree on this and wish to opt for fresh produce. Still in a busy week it`s easy to forget this and just grab something quick and pre-made for dinner.
As a reminder (I sure could use a reminder) and because my clean week is coming up I`ll give us all a reminder-list of the foods that will make your skin glow.
Ok, here we go:
Rich in essential oils and B-complex vitamins that nourish the skin. Eat it or make masks out of it and smear it right onto your face.
The antioxidants in dark chocolate, reduce roughness in the skin and protect against sun damage.
This sweet oil is loaded with “good fats” that restore moisture to the skin.
This ‘80s weight loss favorite is making a comeback this year as a go-to for optimal skin maintenance. Cottage cheese has selenium and other essential minerals known to combat flaking skin and dandruff.
These are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, which are known to erase spots and smooth fine lines.
FOODS RICH IN VITAMIN C
Vitamin C is not only effective against colds.
Blueberries, blackberries and guava are loaded with Vitamin C.
This gem from the East reduces redness, swelling and irritation and is thought to be one of the best combatants against the body’s inflammation.
These tropical fruits have more than 80% of the required vitamins known for restoring skin cells.
Mushrooms contain a lot of Vitamin B12 and can dramatically repair damaged tissue.
OYSTERS & MUSSELS
Oysters are loaded with zinc, which help fight saggy skin by giving its elasticity a boost. Mussels, which are loaded with iron, help prevent the skin from appearing pale and pasty.
RED & GREEN VEGETABLES
The body converts beta-carotene into vitamin A, which prevents cell damage and premature aging, and colorful veggies, such as red peppers and spinach and other leafy foods are loaded with beta-carotene.
Full of polyphenols, red wine helps prevent cell oxidation that causes the skin to age.
(guess this was a nice surprise…)
Rich in Vitamin A, these healthy orange ‘taters, help speed up our body’s cellular turnover.
Processed (or refined) flours can cause spikes in insulin, which can create acne. Switching to whole grains instead of processed carbohydrates is not only good for your diet, it can actually improve your skin.