Have you ever noticed a sneaky blemish creeping to your skin’s surface after a weekend of splurging? Looking in the mirror, you have suddenly lost that radiant glow that was visible after a week of eating raw (ie. my last post). OK, so I may be referencing my own experience, but I wanted to save you from this preventable misfortune and share some deliciously helpful hints to keeping your face looking fantastic. The saying goes, "you are what you eat", but I say, "you eat to become who you want to be"…. that even goes for controlling your own complexion. Exciting, right? Check out these 5 helpful hints to keep your skin clear and happy!
This creamy, green fruit is abundant in essential oils and B-complex vitamins that nourish your skin, from the inside and out. Avocados contain massive amounts Niacin (vitamin B3), which is especially important for healthy skin. The anti-inflammatory effects of Niacin soothes irritated, red and blotchy skin. Just one avocado has 3.8 mg of niacin, which is 27% of your daily need.
Try putting avocado in your omelets, salads, sandwiches, soups, entrees or just cut them in half, squeeze some lemon and scoop them out of their skin. They’re even delicious in smoothies!
Not only do almonds lower cholesterol, while supplying the body with tons of magnesium and potassium, almonds are also great for your complexion. With 150% of your daily dose of vitamin E, its OK to go nuts for almonds! Vitamin E's rich oils moisturize dry skin, and its antioxidants protect against skin damage and premature aging.
Try keep almonds in your car or office for an on-the-go snack. They are also great sliced up in salads, oatmeal, yogurt, and on top of fish. Opt for raw almonds over roasted to get the full nutritional value out of each nut.
#3: Acerola Cherries
The Acerola cherry isn’t your average cherry. Just one of these cherries supplies 100% of your daily allowance for vitamin C, which is great news for your skin. A powerful antioxidant, vitamin C fights skin damage and prevents wrinkles. Vitamin C also plays a central role in the production of collagen, the structural protein in your skin.
The easiest way to get the benefits of the Acerola cherry is via vitamin or capsule. Always choose vitamins that are 100% food based for the healthiest and best results. I personally like and use New Chapter Organics.
#4: MangoesMangoes have more than 80% of your daily requirements of vitamin A. Vitamin A is incredible for your skin, because it naturally maintains and repairs skin cells. Therefore, a deficiency will result in a dry, flaky complexion. As an antioxidant, vitamin A also fights free radical damage that can prematurely age the skin. With fewer than 70 calories per serving, both your figure and your face will be thanking you.
Mangoes are a great mid day snack; they’re both sweet and filling. Around 4pm, when you’re sweet tooth kicks in, try vetoing the vending machine and snacking on a mango instead. They’re also great in smoothies and juices.
#5: Baked Potatoes
I’m talking about the whole potato, people, skin and all. Just one baked potato, with the skin, has 75% of your daily copper needs. This essential mineral works with vitamin C and zinc to produce the elastin fibers that support the skin's structure. Not enough copper in your diet can reduce your skin’s ability to heal, causing it to become rigid and lifeless.
Try my favorite recipe, “no fries”, but cutting the potato into 8 long slices, placing it on a cookie sheet, drizzling it with olive oil and backing it until soft and crisp. No guilt there!
A great “meat” replacement, due to its firm texture, mushrooms are rich in riboflavin, a B vitamin that’s vital to your skin. Riboflavin (vitamin B2) is involved in tissue maintenance and repair, and improves skin blemishes caused by rosacea. This vitamin is so important for skin repair that the body uses large amounts after suffering a burn, wound or undergoing surgery.
Try sauteing onions and mushrooms together….yum!! Put them over any grain, veggies, or make them into tacos (my favorite). Eat them with anything healthy your heart desires.
It’s no secret that omega 3's are great for your skin, but did you know that flaxseed oil is one of the best sources of this essential fatty acid? Just one teaspoon of flaxseed oil per day provides 2.5 grams of omega 3s, which, in turn, hydrates the skin. Essential fatty acids also reduce sebum and unclog pores that otherwise leads to acne.
Try this flaxseed/avocado mask to instantly moisturize your skin:
1. Mash one whole avocado.
2. Add 1 teaspoon flaxseed oil and 1 teaspoon honey.
3. Mix together until smooth and creamy.
4. Apply to face and let sit for 15-20 minutes.
5. Rinse clean with warm water.
*No matter what, always drink lots of water and don’t be scared to sweat! Sweating naturally rids your skin of toxins, and cleans pores! Just remember to wash you face afterwards. The Vibrant Beet loves vibrant skin!