5 Beauty Foods for Great Skin Health: Series Three
It is so important to consider the food we eat to ensure we are getting a well-rounded, balanced intake. I am someone who doesn’t ever believe in cutting calories but instead eating in tune with my body and paying attention to what agrees with my skin and body. This doesn’t stop me from enjoying food to the fullest – partaking in pasta, wine, chocolate, and sugars. Like the rest of life, finding balance is the secret. In every meal, I try and sneak in as many skin foods as I can, and luckily, they are all delicious ingredients. Our skin often mirrors what is happening internally, so it is key to pay attention to reactions after meals. While our skin’s appearance is attributed to a multitude of reasons, diet is a very big factor in our skin’s health.
Taylor Blair, REV Beauty Editor
1. Goji Berries
Not only are goji berries delicious and a wonderful addition to your morning smoothing, but they are also amazing for the skin and the body. They are extremely high in antioxidants, which helps the body and the skin fight off free-radical damage. Also known as the wrinkle causer. The Whimsy Glow Better Collagen Blend is a great way to get goji berries into your diet every day. The powdered blend also contains an array of plant-based ingredients, designed specifically to stimulate collagen production in the skin.
Maybe my favourite stone fruit, apricots are always delicious – In salads, on their own, or stewed in a dessert. Apricots are also super high in antioxidants, specifically vitamins A, C, and E. Vitamin C is so vital because it protects the body from UV and environmental damage. Incorporating a lot of vitamin C in your diet can actually help the body heal from previous UV damage. Apricots also contain beta carotene, which can even help protect against sunburns – still important to wear a reef-safe sunscreen!
When applied topically apricot oil does wonders for the skin. Shelby Natural’s Youth Beauty Booster is one of my favourite products because of how hydrating and reparative it is. I use it every morning as it gives the skin such a beautiful glow, partly because it contains organic apricot kernel oil. As this stone fruit is naturally very high in vitamin E, this oil really softens the skin and strengthens the skin’s natural collagen production.
Roasted, juiced, or snacked on raw with some hummus, carrots are an easy ingredient to work into your diet throughout the week. Carrots, like apricots, are loaded with antioxidants and beta carotene, which works wonders for healing scars, blemishes, and sunburns. Carrots are famously known for helping to protect the skin from the sun, as a diet rich in foods with beta carotene helps the skin tan instead of burn!
Apply carrot seed oil to the skin also has incredible effects. Whimsy’s Halcyon Botanic Serum is formulated with carrot seed oil along with many other potent, cold-pressed botanicals to reduce inflammation, rejuvenate, and feed the skin long-lasting hydration. The carrot seed oil in this product helps to repair any damage caused by the sun or environmental damage. The oil also helps to boost the skin’s natural collagen production, helping to work on any dullness or premature wrinkles!
4. Hemp Seeds
A lot of skin issues, like acne, eczema, and psoriasis can all be caused by inflammation in the body, which is why it is key to add anti-inflammatory foods into your daily diet. I like to add hemp seeds to my salads or smoothies because they are full of omegas, meaning they really tackle inflammation. Hemp oil is one of my favourite oils for the skin because it is an oil everyone can use. It is incredibly soothing and hydrating but never breaks the skin out. It is also a humectant, meaning it draws moisture to the skin, helping to keep skin hydrated all day.
Basium’s Luce Body Oil is formulated with ultra-hydrating hemp seed oil and I can confirm this oil does keep my body hydrated all day! Not only does Basium’s body oil smell incredible, but it uses hemp seed oil to soften rough skin and calm any acne on the body.
Mint tea is a staple for me, as it works wonders in calming an upset stomach or helping with digestion. I also throw mint leaves from the garden into an array of different salads and dishes. Mint is a wonderful anti-inflammatory herb as it contains rosmarinic, which is why I try and have mint tea throughout the week to help bring down any inflammation in my body. Whenever I have a bad psoriasis flare-up, I often soak my rashes in chilled mint tea, which is incredibly soothing!
Terra Tonic’s Clean Collagen Serum is a nightly staple in my skincare routine, as it contains native river mint, which works wonders for my acne-prone skin. This product is full of incredible and potent plant-based ingredients that together heal, rejuvenate, and protect the skin. The mint in this product specifically works on battling acne and scaring, as mint naturally contains salicylic acid, which lightens acne scars by boosting the turnover of dead skin cells and also helps balance oil production.