The older I get, the harder skin care becomes. Moisturizers and masks can only do so much as you get older. As the years are crawling up on me, my skin is far less forgiving, hence I choose what goes into my body more carefully. I had to change my perspective on food and realize that if I’m not eating well, I am starving my cells or at the very least not giving them the proper tools they need to function at their best.
So here’s how I take care of my skin from the inside out
how i take care of my skin from the inside out
Chia seeds are rich in omega 3 essential fatty acids that erase blemishes, soften wrinkles, and help keep my skin hydrated and supple. I add some to my morning oatmeal, my quinoa for lunch and sprinkle them into my afternoon yogurt.
Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant that eliminates skin-aging free radicals from ultraviolet exposure. I love to add sun-dried tomatoes to my salads or add them to roasted vegetables. I recently tried this recipe from Ina Garten and it’s delicious and good for you! I also use lycopene based sunscreen to get the UV protection and get a tan rather than getting burnt.
Watermelon is a great source of hydration, hence the name, but also another good source of lycopene. You can read my post on all the goodness of watermelon HERE.
Sweet potatoes have been on the menu as they are gentle to my sensitive tummy and they are packed with carotenoids and vitamin C which boost collagen production. Collagen controls the strength, firmness, and flexibility of the skin. Try to add orange zest to your sweet potato puree! A little orange zest takes that simple side dish to a whole new level.
Did you know that red bell peppers contain more vitamin C than an orange, along with other antioxidants? Peppers improve circulation and promote the release of toxins from the skin.
Another oil that is great for skin both internally and externally. It provides some sun protection, fights bacteria, and helps soften skin. I have been cooking rice with coconut oil and it adds that little extra flavor that brightens up a boring dish.
Sesame seeds contain zinc which can reduce the oily sebum that leads to clogged pores.
These roots are filled with vitamin A from carotenoids. Vitamin A prevents the overproduction of skin cells which can lead to clogged pores and skin cancer.
The flavonol in chocolate act as antioxidants, provide sun protection, and reduce the roughness of skin for healthier appearance and feel. I LOVE dark chocolate and eat a small bite every day.
Whole grains are rich in B vitamins that assist cells in processing fats to hydrate and revitalize skin. Who knew?
Protein is vital to the elasticity of your skin. You need a decent amount of balanced amino acids coming in each day. Plant-based protein powders can make this as easy as enjoying a delicious smoothie.