Last week we wrote about body brushing, and the many benefits it has, including helping maintain healthy skin.
As we shared; the skin is the body’s largest organ, it’s the first thing that shows signs of underlying issues with digestion, a build up of toxins, a diet too high in sugars or saturated fats, or hormone imbalances, and it’s also the last part of the body to receive nutrition – which is why regularly choosing foods that are nutrient dense and full of skin-loving vitamins can help keep things looking and feeling fantastic.
The following food list contains plenty of antioxidants, healthy fats, anti-inflammatories, omega 3s, prebiotics, probiotics, proteins and vitamins D, A, E, K and beta carotene (responsible for giving the skin a natural ‘glow!’). They can all help soften skin, prevent and reduce wrinkles, clear acne, help skin regain elasticity, and aid in a brighter complexion. Stock up on a few of these – as well as drinking at least 1.5 litres of water per day – and you’ll see results in no time.
- Red Cabbage
- Cacao or good quality cocoa
- Brazil Nuts
- Pumpkin seeds
- Nut butters like almond butter, and spreads like tahini
- Fatty fish like salmon, mackerel and sardines
- Healthy oils like coconut, hemp, avocado, and extra virgin olive oil
- Leafy greens like spinach and kale
- Probiotics like kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi and live yoghurt
Skin-loving snack ideas:
Yoghurt and blueberries with walnuts
A trail mix of dark chocolate, nuts and berries
Steamed fish and greens
A salad with leafy greens, red cabbage, shredded carrot, hemp oil and seeds. Add fish for a protein and omega 3 boost!
Be sure to drink plenty of water as well as including these foods regularly!