You know the saying: you are what you eat. Well, this isn’t some whimsical myth passed down from generations of mothers trying to get children to eat their greens. 80% of all skin issues originate in the stomach and there’s plenty of scientific evidence that some foods speed up aging, like sugar, alcohol and processed meat. Dry and itchy skin or acne are our skin’s ways of signaling that life on the inside is not top notch.
The skin is your outermost protective barrier and it needs to be healthy in order to absorb nourishment and protect your insides. It is possible to eat your way to more youthful, healthy-looking skin. The skin consists of different layers, each affected differently by the ingredients you put in your body. Pair your change in dietary lifestyle with a high-quality anti-aging cream that targets the cause of wrinkles, fine lines and discoloration (the extra-cellular matrix). If you haven’t already incorporated a serum into your skincare routine, you might be missing out on some real, anti-aging benefits. Serums are thinner in consistency but contain a potent concentration of active ingredients with the power to penetrate deeper into the skin’s layers – something a moisturizer cannot do no matter how much you apply. Use Zinzino’s Skin Serum morning and night, then add these 30 foods into your diet. One new food every day sounds doable, right?
Vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, oh-my!
Put these natural healthy skin health boosters on your shopping list today.
Mmmm, thank gosh avocados have the good kinds of fat – monounsaturated and polyunsaturated. Grab this nutrient-packed, vitamin A-enhancing snack.
Protein is the fabric of collagen, which eggs are high in. Don’t skip the yolks because they’re high in biotin (which the skin loves).
Boost your polyphenols and powerful antioxidants by consuming yummy prunes.
- Pomegranate Seeds
This fruit contains the collagen-lifting antioxidants, anthocyanins and ellagic acid.
Add this to your acai bowls for their free radical-fighting and skin-brightening characteristics.
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
It has monounsaturated fats which help with skin elasticity and firmness.
- Green Tea
Put the kettle on and drink up the collagen-boosting polyphenols. Ahhhhh, breathe.
High in Omega-3’s, an important part of healthy skin, this delicious fatty fish is a must-have in your diet (oh, and so is BalanceOil).
They’re also packed with Omega-3 fatty acids.
We hope you like seafood. Oysters are a good source of zinc, which helps repair and renew cells.
- Dark Chocolate
No, this isn’t a joke: the antioxidant profile is better than acai berries, blueberries and cranberries. Dark chocolate contains skin-protecting flavanols.
This vegetable will brighten the skin and protect it against the sun.
- Sweet Potatoes
Loaded with beta-carotene, this potato is ever-so-sweet to the skin.
Keep your skin looking fab, post-summer, with this fall vegetable. Pumpkin is a great source of carotenoids.
- Leafy Greens
High in vitamin C, leafy greens (kale and spinach) boost collagen production.
- Bell Peppers (or Capsicums, to Aussies)
Source some healthy skin-loving vitamin C from bell peppers.
For a natural dose of vitamin C, make a bruschetta or toss some tomatoes into your salad.
Rich in vitamin C and K, broccoli is good for the skin (and heart and bones).
- Flax seeds
Another great choice to help naturally lift your Omega 3’s and the fatty acid called ALA, flax seeds help reduce sun-related skin damage.
Walnuts contain vitamin E, melatonin and polyphenols for gorgeous slow-aging healthy skin.
- Bone broth
Luckily, this is the best part of Sunday roasts. Bone broth is filled with amino acids, collagen and minerals.
This alluring spice is high in proanthocyanidins, a class of polyphenols with powerful antioxidant properties.
- Chili Peppers
They’re hot, rich in vitamin C and will put a little kick into your step.
Some people EAT IT WHOLE because it’s so good for you. With its compound, gingerol, the innate properties naturally slows down the aging process.
- Shiitake Mushrooms
A great source of mineral copper, these mushrooms are a win for the skin. Copper helps the synthesis and stabilization of proteins in the skin.
They’re fun to snack on and full of vitamins and minerals. Edamame contain isoflavones, a group of polyphenols, which increase the skin’s defense against sun damage and inflammation.
A naturally powerful source of vitamin C, grapefruit reduces cellular damage and helps produce more collagen.
This sweet treat is packed with vitamin A and carotenoids, which are great for cell growth.
The polyphenols found in lentils prevent oxidative stress – a marker of aging skin.
- Acai berries
This superfood not only helps to slow the signs of aging but also lightens scars and prevents acne and breakouts. How about that?
Wow, look at your long, crisp shopping list now….! Your stomach and your skin will take a bow.