By Gwen Lewis
Eating well is the key to glowing skin.
Here are the best foods for achieving a clear, luminous complexion. No expensive products required.
It seems like the internet is full of avocado recipes and for good reason. The pitted produce contains heavy doses of essential vitamins, not to mention it’s loaded with healthy fats. Truly a superfood, avocados are a one-stop shop for some of the most essential nutrients. Their makeup includes Vitamin K (26% of the recommended daily amount), Vitamin C, folate, potassium, and several different versions of B Vitamins. They also have more potassium than bananas (without the unwanted carbs).
The healthy fats in avocados help to keep your hair, skin, and nails strong and shiny!
Remember: they ripen fast! Try and eat them within a few days of purchase. They’ll ripen on the counter.
Blueberries (and other dark berries)
Blueberries and similar fruits feel like an indulgence, but they’re packed with health benefits. Full of free-radical fighting antioxidants, blueberries and other dark berries have been proven to increase bladder health, stop the growth of tumor cells, improve skin texture, tone, and radiance (thanks to all the Vitamin C) and keep you fuller longer (thanks to the fiber). Throw a handful of blueberries into your oatmeal in the morning or toss them into a salad at lunch. And remember, when your budget and environment allows, opt for organic. Eat delicious! Your body and face will thank you.
Quinoa is having a moment right now. Why? It’s a great alternative to classic “grains.” A gluten-free alternative, quinoa is the perfect solution for those with gluten or wheat allergies or sensitivities. Quinoa is also fantastic for your overall health. It contains high levels of magnesium (which helps with migraine relief), and it’s full of protein, helping you to stay full and trim. Furthermore, because of it’s neutral taste, quinoa flour can be used in baking, and quinoa can be prepared to be either salty or sweet, making it great for snacking, breakfast, or dinner, depending on seasoning. Buy in bulk for discounts and decreased packaging.
This ruby fruit, especially when cooked, is loaded with beauty benefits. That’s because tomatoes contain lycopene, a nutrient that helps to fight and reverse the effects of sun damage and photoaging. If you’ve been out in the sun all day and feel a burn coming on, grab a can of tomato paste and have a few spoonfuls. It sounds crazy, but it can really help.
The next time someone tells you pizza is unhealthy, gently correct them and share with them the health benefits of lycopene. Then grab another slice, or help yourself to another serving of pasta with red sauce.
What do you think? Which foods clear up your skin and improve your quality of health? We’d love to hear your tips and recipes! Feel free to sound off in the comments section below.
Gwen Lewis is a writer and makeup artist based in Southern California. Because of her passion for beauty and health, she hopes to help others not just look great but feel great, whether through makeup or her writing. In her free time, she enjoy shopping and pick-up soccer games with her friends.