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.
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.
Dark Leafy Greens: 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 emanates its benefits to you: Someone who eats plenty of greens has radiant skin.
Radishes: 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.
Dark Chocolate and Raw Cacao: The benefits of cacao in high quality, organic, raw chocolate and 70% 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 promote beautiful skin.
Olive Oil: 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 help keep skin looking soft, smooth and radiant.
Flax, Hemp and Chia Seeds: These beautifying seeds are rich sources of ALA (alpha-linoleic acid) omega-3 fatty acids. High levels of ALA help prevent wrinkles and protect against sun damage, resulting in youthful, nourished skin that glows!
Lastly: 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.