Beauty Tips With Superfoods Make You Beautiful + Gives You Energy. Count Me In!
Between large meals, family drama, and shopping extravaganzas, the holidays can wreak havoc on your skin. Stress, hormone imbalances, sugary or salty foods, and cold weather can hinder our skin from standing a chance to shine during the holidays. Good news, now that it is January, you can counteract the havoc by eating superfoods!
I’m an avid believer that beauty starts from the inside. I don’t mean in your heart or personality. The beauty we see on the outside is a direct correlation to the food we’re processing on the inside. Give these superfoods a try for clear skin.
Superfoods Can Help You Say Goodbye to Laugh Lines, Wrinkles & Crows Feet.
Beyond any family drama, the holidays bring a healthy dose of laughter! While many of us crave a lifetime of laughs, we don’t want the aftermath showing up on our face. If you’ve spotted a few lines on your face, you can skip the botox and reach for the soy or cabbage. Soy is rich in isoflavones, an estrogen-like chemical which helps in reducing lines, while increasing elasticity.
Crow’s feet are a sign that your cortisol levels may be high. Cabbage lowers cortisol levels because it is an anti-inflammatory containing a healthy dose of Vitamin A, C, and E.
- Soy: soy milk, soybeans (there are plenty of foods with soybeans high in the ingredients list) and edamame. Aim for one to two servings of soy a day.
- Cabbage: purple cabbage contains 6-8 times more vitamin C than green cabbage. Aim for 3-5 times per week.
No More Dull Skin
Winter can be harsh on our skin from the cold weather and winds. Adding extra moisturizer to you skin care regimen helps but consume a healthy dose of fruits and vegetables to give your skin an added glow. It has been said that carotenoid-imbued skin is a sign of reproductive health in the animal kingdom, making it more attractive to people than fake tans.
- Carontenoids – Pumpkin (great for the winter season) and carrots, cantaloupe, sweet potatoes, broccoli and leafy greens.
No matter the season, acne has a mind all its own. Eating foods high in Zinc is a great way to prevent acne from ever surfacing on your skin because it naturally controls excess oil production. Zinc plays a key role in boosting collagen production, giving you added elasticity as well.
- Oysters, Lamb, Spinach, Beans, and Cocoa-Powder (Can anybody say Hot Chocolate- Yum!)
Inflammatory Skin Conditions and Allergic Reactions
A major source of skin breakouts come from allergic reactions to certain food. I recently found out I’m allergic to milk and eggs but I’m choosing not to pass up the macaroni and cheese for the holidays. Instead, I’ll be following meals containing milk or eggs, with a great natural antihistamine like Red Grapes!
If you suffer from an inflammatory skin conditions like psoriasis or eczema, having a healthy dose of powerful antioxidants are a necessity for you and red grapes are great for that too!
- Seeded Red Grapes, Broccoli, Sweet Potato and Salmon
My absolute favorite indulgence of all superfoods is definitely Dark Chocolate! Dark chocolate contains the antioxidant flavonois, which protect the skin against sun damage, according to the Journal of Nutrition, leaving your skin soft and supple!
- Dark Chocolate, Blackberries, Blueberries, Cherries, or Raspberries
Overall Healthy Skin
The number one secret food for healthy skin, water! Well, it’s not a food but a drink, but you get the point. Water is the cheapest and most effective way to flush your body of toxins or anything causing your skin to not be its best. Sufficient water also keeps your brain fully functional and aids in reducing stress, the cause of many skin issues.
Water and weather proof your skin this holiday season and share any additional superfoods you are enjoying with us!
By Ashley Blakely, Authentic Beauty Contributor