As the world begins to open back up and you reemerge from the cocoon that was life during Covid, you may find yourself taking a good long look in the mirror. Many people have struggled with eating healthy and maintaining a healthy routine. If you feel like you’re looking a little worse for wear, it may be time to focus on finding your glow again. A good skincare routine is important, but beauty really comes from the inside out. Here’s the best foods and supplements to eat to help bring back luster to your hair and get radiant skin so you can put your best face forward!
Hydration is the best way to combat dull skin. Our skin needs water to replenish collagen and other vital components that give you that glow. Use an app to remind yourself if you forget to drink water throughout the day. Keep your bottle handy and make sure you’re drinking the adequate amount for your weight.
Sulfur has a huge impact on complexion. It supports connective tissues and aids in rebuilding collagen and keratin, which is what gives our skin, hair and nails their luster and shine. Sulfur-rich foods also support blood sugar regulation and tissue repair, as well as boosts the immune system. Sulfur-rich foods include:
Turkey, eggs, fish, chicken, beef
Nuts, seeds, grains and legumes
Chickpeas, couscous, lentils, oats
Cruciferous vegetables, leafy greens
Zinc promotes cell growth and repair. Zinc deficiency is correlated with acne, hair loss and other skin conditions. Zinc-rich foods include:
Dairy and eggs
Aloe Vera is a powerful anti-inflammatory that can be used topically or ingested as a juice. Aids in acute inflammation, so it’s great for combatting a fresh break-out.
Cucumber is high in silicon and great for cleansing the body. Choose organic cucumbers, as traditionally farmed cucumbers are grown with pesticides and waxed for purchase.
Figs are high in calcium and other minerals, and also contain a lot of fiber which is great for your digestive system.
Hemp seeds are a complete food, containing all nine essential amino acids, high in protein and provides ample omega 3 and 6 fatty acids.
Macadamia nuts are rich in selenium, fatty acids and zinc, making it a great go-to snack to boost your beauty!
Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-microbial. Add it to smoothies and to your favorite dinner recipes!
Replace your Venti iced caramel macchiato with a large Matcha green tea, or any green tea for that matter. Green tea is antioxidant rich, protects against skin cancer and fights premature aging. It also reduces redness.
Blueberries are rich in antioxidants, combat free radicals and boost collagen production, giving your skin that supple texture. It’s also a prebiotic food that aids in gut health, reducing inflammation.
Coconut water is loaded with potassium and other electrolytes that replenish and rehydrate the body.
There are many other foods that can help you achieve that healthy, dewy complexion you want, and this is by no means a comprehensive list, but it will help you start choosing foods that will make you look and feel great!