Eat this, not that

19 Jan

The foods you load onto your plate every night for dinner not only make an effect your weight, they effect your face too. This can be good or bad news, depending on if your grocery money is spent in the produce section or on late night Taco Bell runs.

“Everything you eat becomes a part of not only your inner being, but the outer fabric of your body as well. The healthier the foods are that you consume, the better your skin will look,” says Samantha Heller, MS, RD.

You don’t have to cut everything you enjoy from your diet to make a difference. Try a few of these foods for a glowing, radiant complexion.

Berries

Foods rich in antioxidants protect your skin from free radicals, like sun exposure. Blueberries as well as strawberries, blackberries and plums will keep the appearance of skin young and fresh. Try mixing any of these fruits into oatmeal or yogurt in the morning.

Salmon

Salmon and other fishes are high in fatty acids (i.e. the good fat) and therefore great for your face. Cell membranes take waste in and out of the cells, allowing you to thoroughly flush your body. The cell membrane also holds in water, so the more you have, the more moisture you have in your skin. Try Trident Seafood’s Wild Alaskan Salmon Patties found at Costco. They are yummy, full of protein, and high in omega 3s.

Whole wheat anything

Whole grains are full of selenium, a mineral that protects skin from things like sun damage. Choosing whole wheat also eliminates white flour foods which cause inflamation and break outs. Try trading your regular spaghetti noodles or sliced bread for the whole wheat variety.

Green tea

If you take one tip from this article let it be this one: drink green tea every day. Benefits include a healthy skin membrane, anti-inflammatory properties, it can even lower your risk for skin cancer. I love Celestial Seasoning’s Antioxidant Supplement Green Tea.

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