The Top 5 Foods for a Healthy Complexion
Stop and think about this: The skin is your largest detox organ. That means the more toxic food you put into our body, the harder it has to work and the more it will show through your skin. While what you put on your skin of course has a huge impact on our complexion, what you put in your body is just as important. What I’m trying to tell you is, the saying is true - you really are what you eat.
In order to achieve your healthiest complexion, it’s important to focus on clean foods that are full of antioxidants, inflammation fighters, and healthy fats, vitamins and minerals. That means staying away from sugars and alcohols as much as possible! Below I list some foods that you can easily incorporate into your daily routine to improve the look and feel of your skin so you can stay glow-y all winter long.
I’ve talked about this powerful blue-green algae on the Vitarock blog before because it really is that good! Spirulina has an abundance of vitamins and minerals, including a rich source of antioxidant beta carotene, B vitamins, iron, calcium and essential fatty acids. It actually has one of the rarest forms of essential fatty acids, gamma linoleic acid (GLA), which is known for its anti inflammatory benefits that your skin will love! Between these benefits, along with being rich in complete protein, spirulina is known to help clear up skin. Try it in tablet form, or sprinkle some into your smoothie, or on top of any of your dishes throughout the day!
I love pumpkin seeds for strengthening not only the skin, but hair and nails as well! That’s because pumpkin seeds are high in B vitamins, biotin and essential fatty acids, along with antioxidants selenium and Vitamin E which can improve your skin tone, upgrade collagen levels and maintain moisture levels! The zinc in pumpkin seeds may also help prevent skin related issues like acne. Sprinkle them on top of any of your dishes throughout the day like your morning oatmeal or afternoon salads.
This superfood is jam packed with antioxidants to fight back against free radicals that may take a toll on your skin, whether it be from your stress at work or the junk food you ate last night. One of my favourite ways to enjoy green tea is with matcha (you can learn all about the reasons why in this article). The antioxidants in green tea also work to fight against the signs of aging, including fine lines and wrinkles. Try starting your mornings sipping on a cup of green tea and experience the benefits!
High Quality Oils
As I mentioned above, your skin loves healthy fats like omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to reduce free radical damage and fight inflammation, which is great for balancing your skin. I suggest using uncooked oils to gain all of their health benefits, such as a high-quality, unrefined extra-virgin olive oil, chia seed oil, pumpkin seed oil or avocado oil. Drizzle it over your food or make a gorgeous salad dressing with any of the oils mentioned!
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar can be applied on your skin or ingested to enjoy its beauty benefits. It’s rich in polyphenols (a micronutrient we get through plant-based foods packed with health benefits), antioxidants, and promotes good gut bacteria, which will have a direct positive impact on your skin. TIP: When purchasing apple cider vinegar, make sure it’s organic, unfiltered and contains the ‘mother’, which is that cloudy stuff at the bottom of the bottle. I recommend Bragg Live Food Products apple cider vinegar, which you can find here.
For a killer skin-loving salad dressing, take my tip above to make a dressing with a high-quality oil, and add in some apple cider vinegar for the acid component!