When it comes to finding the best diet for your face and skin, it’s all about anti-aging properties and nutrients that prevent inflammation. The good news is most of the fresh summer produce you’re bound to be eating is packed with these anti-inflammatory vitamins and antioxidants to give you fresh, dewy skin.
Foods that are high in sugars, bad fats, like saturated in excess or trans, and processed additives wreak havoc on your skin, speeding up the aging process. Yet, fruits and veggies that are high in water content and essential nutrients are really powerful in promoting soft, acne-less skin and improving moisture and hydration.
Here are your best picks for a great skin-care regimen and healthy ticker.
Berries, such as raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries, are rich in antioxidants to lower inflammation and fight free radical damage, which has been shown to quicken the aging process and contribute to wrinkles and fine lines. Not what anyone wants, right? By adding berries to your morning yogurt or summery salad, you’re getting the right nutrients that your skin needs.
Double points—olive oil is great for nourishing your heart and skin, both when eaten and used topically in various skincare and spa treatments. As it is super moisturizing, it can soften skin and keep dead skin cells at bay, and since it’s a staple in the anti-inflammatory diet, it improves heart and skin health and fights onset of disease. You can also add to salads and use as a cooking oil. Also, look for great skincare products that use olive oil as an active ingredient.
Cucumbers, broccoli, carrots, bell peppers, and celery—these are all high in water content, which can fight puffiness and water retention, leading to tauter, suppler skin. Plus, these foods also fill you up for healthy snacking, where you’ll be less inclined to grab a donut, which won’t be great for your skin or heart. Just be sure not to dunk them in fattening dips. Instead, try a nice avocado, hummus, or yogurt dip.
Oily fish, like salmon or mackerel, is high in healthy fats that reduce inflammation and fight bloat. Thanks to omega 3 fatty acids, skin is left fresh and longevity is boosted, as these fats can improve heart and brain health to help you live a more fulfilling, long-lasting life. Add to stir-fries, make salmon burgers, grill mahi mahi in tacos, or open a can of tuna as a salad topper. If fish isn’t your thing, get healthy fats from nuts, seeds, and avocado—these unsaturated fats will also improve skin and heart health and keep inflammation at bay. And, you can also incorporate topically: avocado and almond oils are two fantastic ingredients in skincare and body products.
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