Taking care of yourself should be the most important parts of your day. The good news is there are countless ways to do this. The truth is, though, if you aren’t taking care of yourself from the inside first, nothing else will matter. Every expensive retinol, moisturizer, or mask can’t do its part if you aren’t doing yours.
How you treat your body makes a impact on your mood, energy, hair, nails, and skin. Certain foods will provide your skin with major benefits, while others only make problems worth. Refined sugar, fried food, and fast food are your skin’s worst enemy. Thankfully, there is an abundance of ingredients to provide your skin with the vitamins and nutrients it needs!
If you want anti-aging benefits…
“Matcha Morning Smoothie”
1 Frozen Banana, sliced
1 tsp. Matcha powder
1 Cup (About a handful) Spinach
½-¾ Cup Almond Milk (less milk will give a thicker consistency)
Optional: 1 tbsp. Honey for sweetness
Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Serve immediately.
This tasty, easy-to-make smoothie is an anti-aging powerhouse! Matcha is more than your favorite coffee shop additive, it does wonders for your skin as well. Matcha fights inflammation, treating conditions such as eczema, rosacea, and acne. Matcha also fights free radicals that cause skin damage such as wrinkles, age spots, and sun damage. Its powerful effects and natural caffeine make it the perfect addition to your morning. Other anti-aging bonuses in this smoothie include almond milk, spinach, and honey. Almond milk is high in zinc and vitamin E, fighting blemishes and trapping free radicals. Spinach is full of vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin C, vitamin E and vitamin K, so it’s safe to say this ingredient is a great boost in your smoothie. Honey is full of antioxidants, making it another great option for anti-aging. All together, this smoothie is bound to keep you glowing and youthful.
If you have dry skin…
“Health-Conscious Avocado Toast”
½ Avocado (per slice)
1 Slice Multigrain Bread, toasted to your liking
1 Egg (per slice), made to your liking
Pinch of Red Pepper Flakes
Small handful of Pumpkin Seeds
Optional: Pinch of Pink Himalayan Salt
Mash avocado in a small bowl with pink salt, if desired. Spread evenly onto toasted bread. Prepare egg as desired and add directly on top of mashed avocado. Top with red pepper flakes and pumpkin seeds. Serve immediately.
Avocado toast has quickly become one of the biggest food trends, for good reason. Not only can you personalize it in countless ways, but it is also full of good-for-you ingredients. Regular consumption of avocado can boost your hydration levels, giving your skin a supple feel. Avocado is packed with vitamins C and E, providing you with a well-hydrated glow. Eggs are also great for hydration, being a high source of vitamins A and D as well as iron. The final star of this avocado toast is pumpkin seeds, containing iron and zinc, two of your skin’s favorite ingredients. Bonus: Red pepper flakes are a great alternative to salt in order to control sodium. In excess, sodium can increase your skin’s inflammation.
If you have oily skin…
1 6oz piece of Salmon
1 tbsp. of Dijon Mustard
1 tbsp. of Honey
Optional: Pinch of Salt and Pepper
Mix dijon mustard and honey. Brush mixture evenly over salmon. If desired, sprinkle salt and pepper on top of salmon. Bake at 425F for 20-30 minutes, depending on desired level of doneness.
Salmon, regardless of skin type, is an amazing option for improving skin health. The Omega-3 in salmon is a wonderful inflammation fighter. Omega-3, by fighting inflammation, will help control oily skin and prevent acne. Salmon is also full of Vitamin D, protecting your skin from free radicals. If you want a skin-bonus for your meal, add some red quinoa. Quinoa fights acne and dullness through the use of vitamin B3, complementing your skin-healing salmon perfectly.
Taking care of your skin is one of the best things you can do for yourself, so don’t limit this practice to topical skincare. What you feed your body matters, and these superfoods will give your body the boost your skin needs!