Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Get That Glow: Healthy Skin Foods

I am no skincare expert, nor do I claim to know the secrets to anti-aging, but I have had enough skin issues in my life know that the nutrients that you put into your body are sometimes more important than what you are cleansing, moisturizing and caring for your skin with. It's been said that "Beauty comes from the inside"! I find that when I have a few "off" days, my skin doesn't take long to let me know that it's not happy. 

Here are some foods that help contribute to healthy, glowing skin. I eat all of these on a regular basis and my skin is happier and healthier than ever!


Salmon- We all know that Omega 3 fatty acids are so good for us. Salmon contains this good fat that keeps your skin vibrant, plump and youthful. We eat salmon about once a week and I also keep packages of Trader Joe's smoked salmon to toss with salads at lunchtime or scrambled in eggs with tomatoes and capers for breakfast.

Almonds- A great source of good fat and Vitamin E! Vitamin E blocks free radical damage which helps prevent wrinkles. Raw almonds are a quick and easy snack to grab so I always keep a bag of them in our pantry. Raw, unsalted almond butter on apple slices also might be one of the best snacks EVER.

Avocado- {Good} fat doesn't make you fat, so eat up! Avocados are filled with nutrients and just so delicious. Avocado consumption can actually help with dry skin as well as age spots. I like to add avocado to salads, or just sprinkle with a bit of salt and lime juice and scoop it out with a spoon. Done and done. 

Greens- Eat your greens! They are loaded with Beta Carotene which helps repair damaged skin cells. Spinach, kale and arugula are three of my favorites.

Blueberries- All berries are bursting with antioxidants and help fight premature aging. I like to stick with blueberries, since they have less sugar than their berry friends. Sauteed with garlic, in salads or hidden in smoothies are great ways to add these to your daily diet. 

Water- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! This, I am convinced, is the most important action that can be taken toward a healthy glow. Chuck those sodas (diet pop included!) and sugary drinks, grab a water bottle and drink up!

And, of course, don't forget to SMILE!

*I am not a skincare professional or doctor. I have a passion for healthy living and enjoy sharing what has worked for me.

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