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A Good Diet Is Smart Skin Care

We all have a favourite face cream or treatment, but there’s no denying that beautiful skin starts from within. Everything we put in our mouths becomes a part of our inner being and the outer fabric of our body. The healthier the foods you consume, the better your skin will look. Plain & simple. 

Old skin cells are constantly being replaced, and a steady stream of nutrients is vital to support this rapid turnover. Eating the correct balance of foods will feed your skin, help keep it soft, supple, and blemish-free, and slow down aging. 

Now, I know when it comes to “diets,” there are a thousand. Every Tom, Dick & Jane will tell you theirs is the best, but when it comes to healthy skin, a whole food, Mediterranean-style Diet is where it is at. 

This Diet is rich in fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, lean meat, and healthy fats and is high in nutrients that are good for your skin regardless of age. The vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants in foods like fruit, vegetables, and healthy fats are consistently associated with fewer wrinkles and less age-related dryness. Antioxidants help to decrease the cell damage caused by free radicals, so eating more foods that contain antioxidants can help protect your cells.

What is whole food?

Whole food is food that has been processed or refined as little as possible and is free from additives or other artificial substances. Essentially, it’s the food human beings ate exclusively for thousands of years. However, since processed foods became popular in the 20th century, the Western Diet has shifted toward ready-to-eat meals.

While processed foods are convenient, they also harm your health. In fact, following a diet based on real food may be one of the most important things you can do to maintain good health and high quality of life. We rely on ready-made foods in our busy lifestyles, but that can easily be changed with a bit of meal-prep (remember that?). It’s time to learn one vital nutritional lesson: that the power to shape all aspects of our appearance, today and in the future, lies on our plates.

Good Diet + Smart Skin Care

You will radiate from the inside out when you pair a good diet with smart skin care. Here are a few skin-loving foods. 

  • Fatty fish. Fatty fish, such as salmon, mackerel, and herring, are excellent foods for healthy skin. 
  • Avocados. Avocados are high in healthy fats. 
  • Walnuts. 
  • Sunflower seeds. 
  • Sweet potatoes. 
  • Red or yellow bell peppers. 
  • Broccoli. 
  • Tomatoes.
  • Berries. Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries
  • Dark chocolate
  • Green tea
  • Red grapes
  • Fermented foods

Now that you know what to put in your body to feed your skin, just imagine the double dose of awesome your skin could be when you put the same skin-loving antioxidants on your skin topically. It is like a healthy skin sandwich. 

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