Healthy glowing skin isn’t just about face masks & moisturizers – it truly starts from the inside out with what you put in your body. We’re taking the phrase “beautiful inside and out” literally; sharing the top 5 foods that will help you get that healthy skin glow we all crave. Sure, we can do a lot with masks, exfoliants, creams and washes; but to truly achieve the top level of skin health, we have to start in our gut. What we take into our body affects our skin just as much as what we do to the outer layer.
The thing that makes skin look youthful, healthy, and glowing has much to do with our skin’s ability to regenerate cells and naturally produce things like ﬁrming collagen and moisturizing sebum. And sometimes, our skin needs a little help! Here are the top 5 things you can be eating to help your skin grow and glow from the inside out…naturally!
Okay, okay. We know it’s not a “food”. But you DO consume it every single day, and chances are, you’re not getting enough of it. Adding more H2O to your daily routine is the fastest, most effective way to help your skin regenerate cells, and literally moisturize from the inside out. In fact, drinking enough water is the most important part of the process because, without it, all the nutrients you absorb from other awesome foods don’t get properly processed by the body.
Water also allows the cells of your skin to function properly, helping encourage collagen production and cell regeneration to ﬁght the appearance of wrinkles and dullness. You don’t have to be crazy about it, but it’s important to regulate your water intake. You want to hit that sweet spot of not too little and not too much. 8 glasses a day is plenty for the average person.
If you have trouble remembering to grab a glass of the good stuff., try setting an alert on your phone, or even downloading an app to remind you. Plant Nanny is a really fun one.
It’s an ingredient in all the best moisturizing face masks for good reason! Avocados are an incredible source of “good fats” like Omega-9’s. These fatty acids repair and regenerate skin cells, helping to retain water and increase collagen production. They are also a fantastic defense against free-radicals that can damage and age your skin from the outside. So, whip up some guacamole and get glowing! 3. WILD
Blueberries are Antioxidant superheroes! Antioxidants are the most effective defense we have against free radicals that we face in everyday life. They break down the toxins that are most harmful and damaging to the skin. Free radicals can slow collagen production and cause drying wrinkles that leads to wrinkles and faster aging.
Add them to a morning smoothie, mix them up with your granola, or even sprinkle them on top of salad.
“Level up” Botaneri Tip:
When you’re shopping, go WILD! Wild, organic blueberries pack the most antioxidant punch.
Once again we come to those precious fatty acid complexes that help plump and moisturize our skin from the inside out. Salmon is full of Omega 3’s that help with all kinds of conditions, notably helping protect your skin from one of it’s biggest enemies: the sun!
Damage from sun exposure can lead to premature aging and creepy skin. Adding salmon to your diet helps repairs already damaged skin cells while helping new cells regenerate and hold moisture for increased elasticity and health.
Vitamin C is a vital component to skin health! That’s because its a huge player in producing collagen and, once again, ﬁghting those pesky free radicals! (Are ya sensing a theme here?). As we age, our bodies naturally produce less Vitamin C which leads to visible signs of aging, especially when it comes to our skin. If you’ve gotten to the point where you’ve visited a dermatologist about skin aging, they’ve probably suggested a vitamin c serum or cream at some point. But the best way to get that vitamin c? Eat it! Load up with citrus fruits like oranges, lemons and grapefruit for a high, natural dose of the stuff And, sorry, mimosas don’t count.
‘LEVEL UP’ BOTANERI TIP:
At work, keep a water bottle with you at your desk to make it as easy as possible to get the hydration you need. Infuse your water with sliced lemons for a dose of vitamin C and “extra credit” with your skin!
About the author
I’m Drew, creator of Botaneri and an artisanal skincare formulator and certified aromatherapist who is here to help take the mystery out of DIY natural beauty. I started creating my own plant-based skin and body care products at home to deal with my own skin issues.
What I love most is helping people create luxurious and effective self-care products right in their own kitchens. It’s a lot easier than you think. Trust me, if I can do it, so can you.