Today is Feed your skin Friday! I’m kidding. I just completely made that up. It’s only regular Friday… but I would like you to think about your skin for a minute anyway. What goes on your skin, goes in your skin…and Willa makes some marvelous things to go on your skin! BUT ALSO what goes in your belly, goes in your skin! So here are some ideas about what you can be eating to help keep your skin healthy.
What you should eat: Citrus fruits, Red peppers, Broccoli, and Strawberries
Why: Vitamin C is key to healthy skin and this produce is packed with it. Vitamin C helps collagen production which is your skin’s support structure, so plenty of C equals smooth skin!
What else you should eat: Salmon, Tuna, Walnuts, and Almonds
Why: These foods contain essential fatty acids like omega-3 and omega-6 which help to build strong cell membranes that provide a protective barrier AND help nutrients to reach the skin. These are also known brain boosters. So be smart and get smarter…
Eat more: Blackberries, Blueberries, Strawberries (again), and Plums
Why: These are all super high in anti-oxidants – in fact these are some of the highest anti-oxidant foods known! Anti-oxidants help fight cell damage caused by daily exposure to pollution and even sun damage. They still count even if there’s a lot of ice cream with them.
Drink more: Water
Why: It makes sense that hydrated skin can’t exist without a hydrated body. So drinking 8 glasses of water (or 2 huge aquafina bottles, or 18 paper cupfuls….) will make a big difference in your skin. You still have to moisturize the surface of your skin, since it looses moisture through heat, dry air, and washing.
If there’s an oreo hovering between your keyboard and your mouth right now…eat it fast before you read this next part and know better.
What you should eat less of: Sugar
Why: Sugary foods and foods that your body processes like sugar (rice, pasta, etc) cause a rapid rise in blood sugar that affects all of your organs – your skin is your largest organ! This rise …and then fall in blood sugar causes inflammation which harms cells. This process can eventually (years and years and years) create a lot of damage in your skin and other organs.
SO… I am going to go make a strawberry, salmon, bell pepper smoothie right now. Not really. I am probably going to fill an imaginary shopping cart on Forever21.com and eat a fruit roll up. But tell me, how do you eat a healthy skin diet? And then go have an awesome weekend…!