I don’t know about you, but I am pretty obsessed with healthy skin. I love to keep my skin looking glowy, dewy, hydrated and just as radiant as possible. Of course, it doesn’t always look picture perfect because that isn’t real life either, but when I make sure to incorporate more nutrients into my life, I notice a big difference. I love including fun superfoods and supplements for added skin benefits, but I’ll let you in on a little secret, you don’t need to have them. Regular food (and water) can also do wonders for our health and our skin. Today, I am focusing on the best foods for healthy skin, which include my top five favourite beauty foods that you can start including right now to help boost your skin’s appearance.
If you haven’t already checked out my free ebook called “Get the Glow” you gotta check that out! In it, you will find a whole list of the best foods for healthy skin plus you’ll get six delicious, easy and plant-based recipes too.
So here is my list of the best foods for healthy skin which you can easily start incorporating more of into your life. They are seriously so basic, that you may not even think they are worth being included, but trust me, they so are.
Best Foods for Healthy Skin:
Cucumber: known as a water vegetable, these are great for increasing hydration which is crucial for great, glowing supple skin. The silica which is found in the skin of the cucumber helps make your skin resilient and radiant as well, so be sure not to peel the cucumber. For this reason, choosing organic cucumbers is best to avoid and reduce pesticides. They also contain vitamin C which helps to brighten the skin and aids in the formation of collagen, something that we all lose as we age. Last, the caffeic acid has anti-inflammatory properties and is incredibly soothing to the skin, helping to counteract water retention which is why people place them over their eyes to help reduce puffiness.
How to use them: add them sliced into salads, frozen in your smoothie or just eat them raw with a dip or smashed avocado (my personal fave). Also, don’t underestimate their power in reducing puffiness from your eyes, you can read more about how to reduce dark circles and puffiness here. Brazil nuts: these nuts are one of the richest and most reliable food sources of selenium you can get. Selenium is a valuable trace mineral that is often times missing or low in the diet, so by incorporating just a few brazil nuts into your diet you are ensuring an adequate supply of this mineral. Selenium is an antioxidant that helps protect the skin from sun damage as well as helps the skin maintain firmness and elasticity. Selenium is one of the best minerals for your skin along with zinc.
How to use them: add a few to your own homemade dairy free nut milk, add some to salads, make a vegan parmesan with them and nutritional yeast (just process them together into a fine powder), or add them to any dish that requires any other nut. You don’t need very many to reap the benefits.
Avocado: this has to be one of the best foods for healthy skin out there in my opinion and too many people don’t get enough for fear of the fat content and that is pretty unfortunate. They are rich in the skin smoothing beauty vitamins of A, C, E (the best of any fruit) and K. Vitamin E in particular is a potent antioxidant and because it is fat soluble it offers protection against damage to the fats that line the outside of every cell in our body. This truly works wonders on the insides of our body and that shows on the outside. The high fat content of avocados combined with the fiber and protein also help you feel full and can ward off binging on sugary foods that don’t do much for your skin.
How to use them: literally any way you choose, you cannot go wrong! Make my avocado chocolate pudding with the bonus of chia seeds for some serious beauty food. Or throw them in your salads, mash them and have it as guacamole, or add frozen to your smoothie to make them super smooth.
Radishes: radishes are oftentimes overlooked or under-appreciated, but they are a wonderful food to add into your diet as they are great at strengthening your hair. This is due to the vitamin C content as well as silicon and sulfur which together help build strong and healthy looking hair. They work to dissolve mucus in the digestive tract so those nutrients can go to work and flow throughout the body.
How to use them: Add sliced radishes on top of your avocado toast, or in your salads, in a stir-fry or just eat them raw. I love adding watermelon radish to my dishes to really make the meal pop from an aesthetic point of view. Romaine Lettuce: rich in beta carotenes, this beauty food is converted into the powerful anti-aging vitamin A which allows for proper moisture retention in the skin, aiding in removing dead skin cells from your body and making room for new cells. Romaine also has a high concentration of water which helps to keep your skin looking hydrated and plump. A lot of times people assume that romaine is all water and mistake it for iceberg lettuce which has little to no nutrients. This is a mistake, romaine is a great addition and offers so much more than iceberg ever could!
How to use them: as a base for your next salad, or add it to your smoothie (bonus, you can easily hide this much better than spinach). Or take it to the next level and try it grilled! You can find this recipe in my 21-Day Kickstart.
Keep in mind that while all these foods are amazing for your skin and some of my personal faves, that doesn’t mean that fun foods like those higher in sugar or a great cocktail can’t also be part of your life. It really is all about balance and finding what works for you. Don’t be afraid to indulge here and there and when you do, lose the guilt because it has no place on your plate.
Did any of these foods surprise you? Do you have another favourite beauty food?
Don’t forget to download my free ebook that goes into detail on the best foods for healthy skin and shows you how to easily incorporate them as well.