Let’s face it, the age-old “you are what you eat” adage is true. When we treat our bodies to healthy, clean, nutrient-dense foods they tend to treat us well in return. When we opt for greasy, fatty, over-processed foods, chances are our bodies punish us a little bit afterwards with things like fatigue and indigestion. The same goes for our skin. What we eat can help keep our skin looking supple, hydrated, and youthful or on the flip-side, what we eat can cause our skin to experience dullness, dryness, and inflammation. We tapped into the beauty experts at Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach in Miami Beach, Florida, to find out the three foods we should be eating to keep our skin looking young and beautiful!
Acqualina says: “Papayas are loaded with antioxidants. They are also great for your complexion and even strengthen the nails and hair. Apply topically to your skin and it helps to fade freckles and sun spots.” Touted as the “fruit of the angels,” papayas are packed with vitamins C, helpful for lightening hyperpigmentation when applying topically. They also contain folate, fiber, vitamin A, magnesium and enzymes that can help to ease inflammation.
Wild Alaskan Salmon
“The antioxidant boost you’ll get from this fish will leave your skin glowing. The selenium, another antioxidant in salmon, protects healthy skin cells by fighting off free radicals; it also helps with thyroid function.” Salmon is packed with omega-3 fatty acids – necessary for healthy, happy, and glowing skin. Omega-3’s help to fight inflammation and keep your skin supple. In addition, the vitamin D in salmon is another must for healthy skin.
“Olive oil is packed with the right fats to make you slim and heart healthy. It reduces inflammation and cholesterol, improves skin circulation, and digestion resulting in a healthier appearance.”