Happy Hump Day!! This is the 3rd post in my healthy skin series with Aveeno, and we’re actually going to continue last week’s discussion on essential foods for healthy skin. So, last week we talked about water, tomatoes, mangos, avocados, and flax seeds. If you missed it, you can check out all their healthy skin benefits here. This week we’re talking about 5 MORE healthy skin foods that your skin will thank you for eating.
Broccoli and Other Leafy Green Veggies
We eat SO. MUCH. BROCCOLI. in our house…mainly because it’s super cheap and you can keep the frozen variety on hand for quick weeknight dinners. The good news is broccoli is full of vitamin E, which helps protect your skin cells and guard against sun damage! Who knew?
So, we all know carrots are good for our eyes, but wouldn’t you know, carrots are also GREAT for the skin! They are great source of vitamin A, which we discovered last week is also found in mangos, and helps repair skin naturally and protect against sun damage. (sweet!) According to my friends over at Women’s Health magazine, vitamin A also helps to minimize clogged pores by preventing the overproduction of cells in the skin’s outer layer.
I’m sure you’ve heard this a million times, but berries are an EXCELLENT source of antioxidants making them a certified skin super food. They’re essential in the fight against premature aging, so eat up! I keep frozen berries on hand at all times. They are great for smoothies, and they obviously last much longer than regular berries, which I generally try to eat within a couple days of buying them.
Almonds and Sunflower Seeds
Did you know almonds are a seed, not a nut? I didn’t! I learned that this morning when I was researching for this post. Lol. Anyway, almonds are another one of those super trendy healthy foods! Everybody’s eating them…including me. The great news is almonds are another Vitamin E rich food (like broccoli), which means they also help protect the skin from sun damage and free radicals. Woohoo!! I get my whole raw almonds at Trader Joes…they’re $5 for a 1lb bag, which lasts pretty long since you should really only be eating about 1 oz at a time.
Another skin friendly seed that’s chock full of Vitamin E? Sunflower Seeds!! Now my friends, this doesn’t mean you get a free pass to devour bags full of the dry roasted and salted sunflower seeds. I loooooove them…I mean LOVE…because I love salt, but I’m trying to get better, and I know all that salt is no bueno. Of course, in moderation, they’re totally fine, but to get all the healthy skin benefits of sunflower seeds, try them roasted and unsalted. Sunflower seeds are also great for homemade trail mix…add in some of your other favorite nuts and dried fruits and you’re good to go. By the way, I also buy my roasted, unsalted sunflower seeds at Trader Joe’s.
What Foods Do you Eat to Keep Your Skin Healthy?
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