The Best Foods For Your Skin

Radiant Skin Begins With Clean Plates

Glowing skin is anything but skin deep: Our epidermis is often the visible scorecard for how well we eat. Here is a shortlist of my favorite go-to beauty foods. Look for these gems at your local farmer’s market, food co-op or health food store, and start noshing your way to luminous skin and glowing inner health.

1. Berries

Berries (Photo Flickr: Dano)

Berries (Photo Flickr: Dano)

Berry season is blossoming at farmers markets around the country. As rich sources of antioxidants, berries — strawberries, blueberries blackberries and raspberries — help protect your skin’s collagen from free radical damage (think wrinkles) caused by too much stress, sun, and pollutants.

2. Dark Leafy Greens

Dark Leafy Greens  (Flickr photo by Glory Foods)

Dark Leafy Greens (Flickr photo by Glory Foods)

Dark green, leafy vegetables — kale, collards, chard, spinach, arugula, watercress, parsley, and wheat and barley grasses — are chlorophyll-rich foods available at local farmers markets. Chlorophyll is a pigment that catches the sun’s energy and can potentially emanate its benefits to you: Someone who eats plenty of greens has radiant skin.

3. Radishes

Radishes (Flickr photo by the Italian voice)

Radishes (Flickr photo by the Italian voice)

Farmers markets are brimming with organic spring radishes fresh from the field. This humble root might hold the triple crown of glowing skin:Vitamin C, sulfur and silicon all support collagen production and help keep skin moist and elastic.

4. Dark Chocolate And Raw Cacao

Dark Chocolate And Raw Cacao (Flickr photo by Chocolate Reviews)

Dark Chocolate And Raw Cacao (Flickr photo by Chocolate Reviews)

he benefits of cacao in high-quality, organic, raw chocolate and 70 percent dark chocolate seem endless. The super dose of antioxidants helps increase hydration, improves blood flow, enhances texture and cell renewal. Cacao has a high concentration of the mineral sulfur, known to help promote beautiful skin.

5. Flax, Hemp And Chia Seeds

Flax, Hemp And Chia Seeds (Flickr photo by waferboard)

Flax, Hemp And Chia Seeds (Flickr photo by waferboard)

These beautifying seeds are rich sources of ALA (alpha-linoleic acid) omega-3 fatty acids. High levels of ALA may help prevent wrinkles and protect against sun damage, resulting in youthful, nourished skin that glows!

6. Olive Oil

Olive Oil (Flickr photo by Sikachu!)

Olive Oil (Flickr photo by Sikachu!)

Mediterranean cultures have long appreciated this green elixir for its healthful properties: Organic, cold-pressed olive oil is rich in vitamin E and omega-6 fatty acids. These nutrients helpkeep skin looking soft, smooth and radiant.

7. Water

Water (Flickr photo by Darwin Bell)

Water (Flickr photo by Darwin Bell)

Dry, rough and dull skin is often a sign of dehydration. Ensure your body is hydrated and keep skin moist and supple by drinking plenty of water.

By Lisa Roberts-Lehan  Clean Plates



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