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Skin Care from the Inside Out Foods That Benefit Your Body’s Largest Organ
1/1/2020 1:00:00 PM
Skin Care

We’re always searching for the latest and greatest creams to keep our skin radiant year around, especially in the winter months; but have you considered tackling that goal from the inside out? Your diet can play a huge role in the health of your skin, for better or for worse. Try these foods to help you glow long after the sparkle of New Years.

Pistachios contain a high amount of monounsaturated fats, a beneficial type of fat that can provide many health benefits, including improved skin ageing. One study showed that women who consume a diet higher in monounsaturated fats have improvements in skin elasticity. Pistachios are versatile, making them easy to incorporate into your diet. Add pistachios to popcorn and chocolate chips to make a snack mix. Use crushed nuts as a crust for baked chicken or tilapia. Or throw a handful into the blender with your next smoothie. For some unique pistachio snacks, try Setton Farms Pistachio + Plum Chewy Bites, 180 Snacks Pistachio Squares, Figgy Pops Cranberry Pistachio Supersnacks, or Sahale Snacks Pomegranate Pistachios with almonds, cherries, and black pepper.

Sunflower Seeds are a powerhouse when it comes to Vitamin E. A quarter cup of sunflower seed kernels provides over 80% of the recommended daily intake. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that is essential for healthy skin. It may help to protect the skin from free-radical damage due to the sun’s UV light. Vitamin E has also been discussed as an anti-inflammatory agent, helping decrease swelling and puffiness. And it’s a fat-soluble antioxidant, which means it is better absorbed when eating in conjunction with a source of fat. Sprinkle sunflower seeds onto avocado toast or on top of a salad with oil-based dressing, such as olive or avocado.

Cucumbers are a great vegetable to include in your diet for radiant skin. They are 96% water, meaning they’re a fabulous way to hydrate your skin beyond drinking water itself. Higher intakes of water have been shown to have a positive impact on skin physiology, allowing your skin cells to function optimally. Lack of hydration can lead to common skin problems such as dry, tight, or flaky skin, and can also contribute to wrinkling. Cucumbers are a super snack to have on hand for busy days. Dip them in hummus or add them to a salad or sandwich for a refreshing hydration boost!

Red Peppers provide more Vitamin C than oranges! Vitamin C is important for collagen synthesis, a protein abundant in the skin and vital for skin health. Like vitamin E, Vitamin C is also an antioxidant that may prevent harmful UV light exposure. Vitamin C can also help decrease risk of dry skin. Red peppers can easily be cut into strips for an easy snack, or you can roast them in the oven at 400 degrees for 30-40 minutes and add them to dishes like pasta, salads, or omelets.

Eggs provide a phytonutrient called lutein which can greatly benefit your skin. Lutein is prominent in the skin and is associated with skin coloring. To give your skin a radiant color boost, snack on a hardboiled egg or make a quiche for an easy meal!

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