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6 Foods for Glowing, Healthy Skin
June 12

Healthy Skin
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!

Avocado

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.

Chia Seeds

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.

Green Juice

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.

Cucumber

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!

Rooibos Tea

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?

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  • http://healthluv.com/ Shailender Kumar

    Hi Katrine,

    I have certainly heard a lot about “Avocado” and “Cucumber”, and how useful they are for getting healthy skin. Although rest of these foods are new to me. It’s certainly a undeniable fact that if you eat healthy, you always remain healthy.

  • Anonymous

    Oh so true Shailender!

  • http://www.janaleemiller.com/ Jana @333 Days Hand Lettering

    oh kimchi—so yummy! But you stink up my fridge :)

  • http://www.onlineusadoctors.com/ Evie Dawson

    Amazing post…I never go with any Skin Care products out in the market. I refer them as Chemicals I rather go for advice of experts on online USA doctors. For me the best medicine for scan care is water. Drink plenty of water and then the body should be exposed to sunlight. :)

  • Anonymous

    Thanks Evie!
    And I agree, most beauty care products are toxic and should be avoided, and a little bit of sun does wonders for our body!

  • http://www.skinnbeautycare.com/ Bindal

    There are some more foods and home remedies that may cure skin problems and make your skin glowing. The tropical fruit pineapple removes wrinkles not only by scrubbing its juice on the skin but also the fruit’s core.
    Apricot juice is efficient in healing sunburn, eczema, and itching.
    Applying the paste of fenugreek leaves or boiled seeds mixed with water on the skin will decrease the tendencies of developing pimples, blackheads, wrinkles, and skin dryness. http://www.skinnbeautycare.com/skin-care/foods-for-healthy-skin/