Have you ever bought a ridiculously expensive skincare product only to feel like it made no difference? Our skin is our largest organ, and when trying to keep it healthy and beautiful we tend to focus on what we can slather all over ourselves.
But what about what we are putting in our body?
We asked some Nutritionists what makes for healthy skin and they all told us the same thing: it starts on the inside. According to the experts, these are the four foods you should be eating for better skin:
Not that we needed another reason to love avocados, but Holistic Nutritionist and green beauty queen, Jaclyn Irwin, swears by the fruit of the millennials for glowing skin.
“Avocados are rich in the skin smoothing beauty vitamins A, C, E 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.”
Most fruits do not contain vitamin E, which makes avocado very unique. But that’s not the only reason it’s great for your skin health.
“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 anything for your skin.”
Okay, okay. We’ll say yes to the extra guac.
2. Bone Broth
When it comes to skin health, health and beauty expert, Alexandra Baird, told us to first do a gut check.
“If your gut is inflamed, irritated, filled with bacteria or other digestive issues, you will be able to tell from the condition of your skin. Skin issues such as eczema, acne, rashes and other irritations can occur when your gut is off.”
Alex swears by drinking bone broth every day for a healthy gut and glowing skin. The type of protein found in bone broth can help to build tissue in the digestive tract and colon. Bone broth can also help rebuild elastin and other beneficial compounds that your skin uses to upkeep its overall health.
The main protein found in bone broth is called collagen. You’ve probably heard everyone talking about collagen lately, and with good reason! Collagen benefits your skin, hair, nails, tendons, ligaments, bones and joints.
Nutritionist, Jenn Pike, told us that if you don’t have time to make bone broth (or if you just aren’t a fan), you can still get collagen in your diet through a collagen powder supplement.
“When it comes to choosing a brand of collagen, quality is key. I choose collagen from organic, grass-fed and pasture-raised cows. You can add it to smoothies and elixirs, and sometimes I’ll add it to my baked goods!”
4. Apple Cider Vinegar
It's not just great for salad dressings! Holistic Nutritionist, Jass Stupak told us that apple cider vinegar has been a game changer for her own skin health.
“Apple cider vinegar can kill off unwanted bacteria on the surface of our skin. It can safely be used externally on the skin once diluted in water.”
Apple cider vinegar can be used as an all-natural toner. This is a better option for acne-prone skin than dry skin and you want to make sure that you are using natural, raw apple cider vinegar so that you get the benefit of probiotics for your skin microbiome.
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