We believe that beauty comes from within. — That makeup should enhance your skin’s natural radiance, not mask it — and much of the appearance of your skin comes from what’s going on inside your body. If you’re healthy and eat well, your skin will radiate life. Here are 7 diet tips for beautiful skin.
#1. Drink water — lots of it!
Ever wonder why celebrity beauty profiles always include statements about drinking tons of water? It’s because those ladies know that hydration is one of the keys to gorgeous skin. Our bodies are 60% water—and that supply needs constant replenishment.
Most of us spend our days dehydrated (by the time you feel thirsty, your body is already dehydrated!), depriving our cells of the water they need to regenerate. The minimum your body needs is 64 ounces (or eight glasses) of water a day–but if you eat salty foods, exercise, spend time in dry environments (like many offices), drink coffee or alcohol—your body needs more.
Try carrying around a reusable lightweight water bottle around and cultivating the habit of taking a swig every fifteen minutes. A brand new glow and luminescence will show on your skin within days.
#2. Don’t be afraid of fat:
Conventional wisdom says that to stay healthy one should restrict their fat intake, and that’s a bunch of malarkey. Healthy fats are good for you. There are lots of oils out there that have shown enormous health benefits for all the body’s systems—coconut oil is just the latest; walnut oil, hemp seed oil, and fish oil also provide amazing health benefits. But plain old high-quality olive oil might be the best for your skin.
One recent study showed that people who ate more than two teaspoons of olive oil a day had 31% fewer signs of skin damage compared with those who ate less than a teaspoon.
Most of the fat in olive oil is made up of monounsaturated fatty acids, which are great for your skin—and the antioxidants in olive oil also fight damaging free radicals.
#3. Eat Italian-style:
Add plenty of tomatoes to that olive oil and you have one of the perfect recipes for skin health. Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, a special antioxidant that actually increases the skin’s natural SPF. Cooking the tomatoes significantly raises the level of lycopene’s available to your body—so get that sauce going!
#4. MORE CHOCOLATE:
Yup, that’s right. You have permission to eat all the dark chocolate you want. Cocoa flavonols help increase circulation and hydrate your skin.
Dark chocolate has been shown to reduce skin roughness and scaliness, and cacao—the base ingredient in chocolate—reduces stress hormones that break down collagen.
Chocolate is also great for your mood, releasing tons of feel-good neurotransmitters (and feeling good means looking good). Look for chocolate with at least 70% cacao to get the full benefit.
#5. Switch to green tea:
Even if you can switch over one cup of coffee (or other caffeinated beverage) a day to green tea, your skin will thank you. Green tea is full of antioxidants that boost blood flow and oxygen to the skin, ensuring that the nutrients you eat get all the way to your skin so your good health shines through.
Studies have also shown that people who drink green tea regularly have skin that show one-quarter less sun damage when exposed to UV light.
#6. Minimize sugar and dairy—without going crazy:
Both sugar and dairy can increase inflammation, which stresses your body, pulls circulation and blood flow away from the skin, and aggravates skin conditions such as acne and rashes. Sugar can also attach to collagen and create compounds that stress the skin.
But don’t think you have to ban these foods entirely or deprive yourself—just strive to minimize them where possible.
#7. Eat pleasurably!
Eating well isn’t about depriving your body of what tastes good in order to meet some externally imposed ideal. Eating well is about feeling good – giving your body what it needs to feel energized and great.
And that includes eating food that tastes amazing, satisfying, and leaves you feeling wonderful. If you’re stuck in a rut, try googling some new (and easy) recipes that include fruits and vegetables that are already your favorites. Or buy a cookbook with pictures and recipes that inspire you, and use it once a week to try something new.
Looking good is about feeling good and letting your natural inner radiance shine through on the outside.
If you eat in a way that gives your body pleasure—both in how your food tastes and how it makes you feel—it will shine through on your skin and the whole world will see it!
What do you eat to keep your skin healthy? Let’s talk about it in the comments below!