By Be Well Health Coach Katrine van Wyk
Beauty comes from the inside, no doubt about it. But beyond a sunny disposition, how you feed and take care of your body is reflected clearly on your skin as well. In fact, the skin is your largest organ; It’s responsible for protecting you, helping with elimination of waste through your sweat, and is often the first place to show signs of inflammation in the body.
The beauty industry sells us billions of dollars in chemical based skin care products every year, but have you thought about what you’re eating? Adding these simple, delicious foods will support your skin’s function and keep you looking radiant, youthful and, well, all around beautiful!
Our skin needs fat in order to stay hydrated and glowing. Avocados are nature’s own moisturizer, rich in healthy fatty acids, but don’t stop with just the guacamole! Make an avocado face mask and get the benefits both inside and out. Mash ½ a soft avocado with a fork. Stir together 1 tbsp raw honey with 2 tbsp of hot water and add to the avocado to create a rich mask. Apply to your face (avoid the eyes), let it do its magic for 10 minutes, and enjoy a refreshed face.
These tiny little seeds sure pack a lot of anti-inflammatory omega 3 fatty acids! Inflammation can show up in the skin both as breakouts and premature wrinkles so arm yourself with some ch-ch-ch-chia. Try our favorite chocolate chia pudding for dessert and enjoy the benefits inside and out.
A fresh green juice is like a powerful liquid multivitamin full of minerals, chlorophyll and antioxidants as well. Besides its hydrating benefits, the lack of fiber in the juice allows for nutrients to be absorbed quicker, straight into the bloodstream and out to your cells. Not a fan of juicing but want to get the benefits of all those healthy greens, try adding a scoop of Greens to your favorite smoothie.
It’s not just for fun that they cover your eyes with cucumber slices at the spa. Cucumber is both hydrating and cooling for the body, and staying well hydrated is rule number one for great looking skin. Try a face mask of bentonite clay, throw two cucumber slices over your eyes, lie back, and soak up the goodness.
Sauerkraut and Kim Chi
These jars of fermented vegetables are loaded with potent probiotics that help regulate digestion and prevent breakouts and acne. There is a strong connection between the gut and the skin, where healthy gut flora leads to healthy skin. You can find raw sauerkraut and kim chi in most health food stores these days – look for it in the refrigerator. Or, for an even better and more affordable option, just make your own Kim Chi!
Not only is Rooibos tea high in the polyphenols that help protect the skin from premature aging, it’s also caffeine free so you don’t need to worry about the dehydrating side effects that some teas and coffee have. Rooibos is also soothing for the stomach so try a cup of tea if you’re feeling a little sluggish.
Feed your body well and not only will you feel great, but your skin will thank you for it by reflecting your beauty out into the world.
Now, let us know your favorite beauty foods and recipes below. What tip surprised you and what are you excited to try?