Hey Cheeky’s! Hope you’re having a fantastic day and know that your day is about to get that much better by reading this blog 😉 I was in the local Whole Foods store the other day and being in proximity of SO MANY healthy things, it got me thinking about what foods we ‘need’ to be eating for even more beautiful skin.
For some reason, I have a hard time understanding Whole Foods. It’s almost like I wish they had a shit ton of health food with some ‘normal’ foods mixed in. Do you guys ever feel like that? It’s like almost ‘too’ healthy which I know sounds terrible to say. I often times find myself wanting some wholesome goodness but for the love, I just want to throw in a pop tart and call it a day. But it’s just not that kind of store (though they have fantastic single cupcakes!). But to get us all off my soapbox, I entered Whole Foods nonetheless with one sole mission. Arnica tablets! It’s something I’ve taken before & referenced before in our blog. I had gotten some filler on my cheeks to combat some eye wrinkles I haven’t been feeling lately and the doc stuck me REALLY good with one of those handy dandy needles and I now look like I got sucker punched in the face. Winning! So I was headed to get some arnica to combat the bruising.
But while I was in there, I bravely decided to do some exploring. I usually am quite intimidated by all the Patagonia wearing people who seem to have their shit together after getting done with the most amazing workout they’v ever had & of course glistening from just finishing a sauna visit, all while carrying this beautiful basket filled with organic carrots & gorgeous peonies. So I went one row over (I didn’t have a basket so I looked far from glamorous trying to keep my hat, purse and the 5 tiny bottles of arnica in my hands… and of course for some reason I had my keys and my sunglasses in my hands…I probably had a shoelace untied too…It wasn’t pretty) and spotted a TON of powders. Like I’m talking shelves of powdery goodness that will keep us alive longer.
After I finished looking at 14 pro-collagen powders, I turned around and saw all those superfoods that cost more than my college education. I’m sure many of you are superfood junkies and I am truly envious. Like one day, I’m gonna make smoothies and have 72 superfoods grains in it…one day. I wonder if those are the kind of smoothies Cher drinks?! But until I get into the whole smoothie game, I thought we could start out simple and chatter about superfoods that won’t cost you an arm and a leg and how it is they help our skin!
What we eat has a direct effect on our skin and eating a healthy diet full of healthy fats, antioxidants, vitamin C, collagen, and amino acids can mean the difference between a glowing complexion and a tired one.
Dang it, this is another one I really want to love…. I think people who eat avocados with cracked pepper on a beautiful grainy toast are so chic, but I just can’t do it. However, if y’all can stomach it, suck these babies down. Avocados are famously know for their skin improving powers – i.e. high in poly and monounsaturated fatty acids, they keep skin looking firm and dewy, help regenerate damaged skin cells, and reduce any annoying irritation.
The omega 9’s, yup one of those fatty acids, are really amazing at keeping the top layer of your skin moisturized. Folks who eat a lot of avocados have noticeably hydrated skin. You’ll also find avocados to be excellent soldiers in protecting your skin from free radicals. Can you imagine like green soldiers?
This one I can do! How about you? I recently started doing overnight oats with blueberries and I’m really loving it. Side note: I’m also really proud I’ve been able to eat oatmeal for the last 2 weeks… I think that’s my longest stretch. Though I did have a churro for breakfast this morning, ah and quite a few candy corns…. Anyways, blueberries… back to blueberries. Antioxidants are one of the most important factors in maintaining beautiful skin, and eating blueberries makes it easy peasy.
Blueberries are best known for their free-radical fighting powers. Free radicals like the sun and pollution are the crappy things that damage our skin causing dark spots, fine lines, wrinkles & a decrease in collagen.
Sal-mon! You have to accentuate the L when you say it. I don’t like a silent L…. In fact, all silent letters are BS, I mean the word gnat…. Why in god’s name is their a silent G? So I pronounce it ga-nat. I’d encourage you to follow suit.
OR, you can just just follow suit and eat salmon. Oily fish in general (mmm… sounds a little gross), and salmon in particular, is packed full of omega 3’s, which is another bomb.com fat that does wonders for our skin. Salmon protects the skin from sun exposure, help repair damaged skin, and keep those cell membranes plump and gorg.
Pucker up! Lemons are surprisingly awesome for your skin when ingested. Not only because it’s full of vitamin C, which helps fight free radicals and produce much needed collagen, but it’s also one of the most alkalizing foods available. Meaning, the minerals in them help alkalize the blood and balance our bodies’ pH. Folks tend to run on high alkaline levels due to coffee, alcohol and pop tarts… I mean processed foods.
So when our bods are out of wack, we tend to see even drier, more irritated & sensitive skin. So if you just enjoyed a freshly squeezed lemon once a day, you’d be back on track in no time.
So this is something I’ve casually written about in our blog and encouraged my own mom to partake in this (which she has), but I have yet to try. When bones are simmered for long periods of time, the collagen inside them cooks down into almost a gelatin, which when ingested, keeps skin glowing. You’ll see firm & smooth skin.
This is touted as being one of the best ways to get really amazing skin. Drink enough bone broth and you will supply your body with a shit ton of collagen so you can prevent wrinkles and signs of aging. #YoureWelcome