At Intoxicating Beauty, we preach the benefits of various beverages on skin, but today we’re talking all about foods. Skin foods, to be exact. We all know our daily skincare regimen plays a huge role in how our skin looks, feels and ages over time. But, what we eat (and drink) can have even a bigger impact on having healthy-looking skin, healthy aging, and various skin conditions, such as acne, eczema and other inflammatory skin conditions. Because as the saying goes, “you are what you eat,” after all. Get your grocery lists ready, because you’re going to want to add these babies to your fridge once you hear what they can do for your skin.
Gone are the days of bypassing chia seeds in your grocery store’s grain aisle. These tiny little seeds are packed with omega 3 fatty acids (you’ll find more in one serving than in a whole serving of salmon), which help reduce inflammation in the skin, promote circulation and quench dryness. The seeds also have a high calcium content, making them a must have for the dairy averse. We know calcium makes for strong bones and teeth, but as far as your complexion goes, this all-star nutrient helps stimulate cell turnover in the skin – meaning less scarring and more glowy newness. The unsung hero of antioxidants, chia seeds pack nearly three times the antioxidant content than their berry counterparts, making them a force to be reckoned as far as free-radicals and environmental damage is concerned. Best of all, chia seeds are the easiest to incorporate into your daily menu. Add a tablespoon to your favorite smoothie recipe, bowl of oatmeal, or even make a homemade “chia pudding.”
Chances are you already have these antioxidant packed berries in your fridge. Strawberries. We buy them to add for the tart yet sweet flavor they add to fruit salads (and let’s not forget how yummy they are in a glass of champagne), but we love them for their bountiful skincare benefits. They contain a powerful antioxidant called Ellagic acid, which prevents UV damage and preserves collagen in the skin, slowing down the formation of wrinkles and other signs of aging. Even better, Ellagic acid also helps lighten hyperpigmentation in the skin, making for a brighter, more even toned complexion. The berries’ high acid content also makes them a must-have for acne prone skin types as they ward off the excess sebum that is known to cause breakouts. As if all of that weren’t enough, you’re going to want to buy these berries in bulk when we tell you they’re an ample source of folic acid, a nutrient that promotes cell regeneration, keeping skin fresh and better equipped to repair itself. Add them to a smoothie, eat them on their own, or add them to a salad for a bite that’s as rewarding as it is refreshing.
We all know grapes, the delicious purple (or green) orbs that are your favorite part of any fruit salad. But you may have missed the fact that grapes are ripe with skincare benefits. They contain plant chemical compounds called oligomeric proanthocyanidins, or OPC’s. OPC’s are a potent antioxidant that are said to have nearly 20 times the antioxidant content than their more popular skincare all-stars, Vitamins E and C making grapes a frontrunner in the fight against free radical and environmental damage. In other words, grapes and more specifically, the grape seed extract found therein are key players in the journey to healthy-aging as they ward off the premature wrinkles caused by sun damage and other environmental aggressors. Their antioxidant power and ability to bind themselves to existing collagen and maintain our skin’s elasticity are a mere few of the reasons why we love grapes in our healthy-aging line, Vino Bella, and even more as a part of our daily diets.
Before you get too excited, studies show that only dark chocolate with 70% cocoa is considered to have skin care benefits, so prepare to read some labels. You may have already heard that dark chocolate can help to increase your heart health, but there’s also something to be said for its mental health benefits as well. Dark chocolate helps combat stress hormones, translating into two things: 1. Lowered risk of collagen breakdown in the skin, and 2. Less inflammation (the number one cause of your beauty woes). Dark chocolate also boasts a high antioxidant content. Specifically, the Flavonols found in the snack amp up your skin’s defense against UV and free radical damage while increasing circulation in your skin. All of which can translate into stronger, smoother, and younger looking skin. Take a bar with you to the movies, crumble it over your morning oats, or treat yourself to a square a day – we know you’ll find a way to work this chocolatey champion into your routine.
Try incorporating these and other skin-friendly foods packed with nutrients, antioxidants and fatty acids into your diet with your daily beauty regimen. Your skin will eat up the nutrients found in these healthy foods and thank you for it. Cheers!