As the seasons change so does your skin – and what you eat has a direct effect on your complexion. “While there are hundreds of miracle creams available to help cure beauty blunders, proper nutrition can be the key to successfully treating some of the most common skincare issues,” says Rebecca Lewis, in-house RD for HelloFresh. Rebecca weighs in on the best foods (recipes included!) to eat for healthy, hydrated, glowing skin from the inside out.
If you have…
- Damaged Skin: Eat more fruits and veggies – especially those high in vitamins A, C and E – which helps balance skin from the inside, fight damage and improve skin’s overall health. Choose vibrant colored fruits and veggies, like berries, papaya, tomatoes, kale and broccoli.
- Maturing Skin: Try cruciferous vegetables like brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, and cabbage, which all help increase the collagen in the skin. Certain enzymes in lemons and garlic are also known to boost and repair collagen – the foundation of healthy skin.
- Puffiness: Water works wonders to flush out of excess sodium and sugar and puts your system sodium back in balance. Bananas, lemons, beets, and asparagus are natural diuretics while dark leafy greens are a good source of potassium and magnesium to reestablish an electrolyte balance.
- Dry Skin: To keep skin hydrated, eat foods with a higher water content such as cucumber, celery, radish, green peppers and watermelon – which are all more than 90% water. Cucumbers have the added benefit of cucurbitacins, which are anti-inflammatory and help restore the collagen in your skin!
- Oily Skin:Drink at least 64 oz. of water per day and avoid highly processed, high sugar and high sodium foods which can change the body’s hormone chemistry. Turmeric, ginger, cayenne and oregano are all spices that help reduce inflammation, eliminate blemishes and keep skin clear and glowing.
Now, try these recipes that incorporate the above beauty foods!
Crispy Brussels Sprouts Over Barley Salad with Goat Cheese Pepitas and Cranberries
Crispy Chickpea and Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Quinoa and Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette
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