10 Healthy Foods for Glowing, Summer Skin
but the truth that even we will admit is: everlasting glow doesn’t just come from a bottle.
Sure, a great skincare routine is one of the most obvious answers when wanting radiant skin,
Research shows that adding the right foods into your diet can help you achieve many of the skincare goals you might be struggling to achieve.
So we’ve put together a list of some of our grocery staples and how + why these can help you get that glow from within ✨
1. Olive Oil
There’s a reason why the Italians live as long as they do… and we think it might be because of Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
Each tablespoon has about 1.9 mg of Vitamin E - an antioxidant that can protect the body against eye and skin problems, and improve your skin and hair health dramatically.
Smother your favorite salad greens with fresh lemon juice, balsamic and EVOO for that fresh summer taste, + glow!
If your day didn’t start with avocado toast… we can’t relate.
No but really. This stuff is life changing. We love to spice our avocado spreads with a little lime, s+p, and garlic powder.
Not only do they make our taste buds happy, but our skin too. “Avocados contain healthy fats (like polyunsaturated and monounsaturated) that work to keep skin flexible and moisturized,” Valerie Agyeman, RDN.
Either you love em, or you hate em, but we think that big, yummy, juicy tomatoes are one of the best summer foods.
Not only do they taste great, but they are loaded with nutrients to give you that ✨summer glow✨. For example, tomatoes are loaded with selenium, which is a great antioxidant that is shown to fight against skin cancer, age spots, and sun damage.
So in other words - load up on that SPF and caprese salad and you’re set!
Carrots contain high levels of vitamins A + C, which help protect collagen, which we’ve learned, our skin produces less and less over time.
And do you ever wake up with super puffy skin? Well carrots also have anti-inflammatory properties to fight puffiness. So go ahead, and add some carrot into that morning smoothie ;)
5. Sweet Potatoes
There’s fries. And then there’s sweet potato fries.
This ~beautiful~ food is also high in beta-carotene, which converts to Vitamin A in the body. May Zhu RDN, the founder of Nutrition Happens, explains, “If you’re a skincare junkie, you might recognize the term ‘retinol’, which is essentially a different form of vitamin A. Vitamin A (from foods like sweet potatoes) helps with skin turnover by promoting the maturation of skin cells.”
For us? This means less wrinkles, and glowing, clearer skin. Can’t ask much more from a fry.
6. Green Tea
Where do we even start with this one?
Anti-inflammatory properties to de-puff, reduce redness + swelling, and bring down possible irritation. Vitamins B2 and E to promote youthful skin through increase of collagen production. Polyphenols to damage bacterial membranes and fight against infection that may come along with pesky breakouts. Bottom line, if you love iced tea, you and your skin are in luck this summer.
Leafy greens like collard greens, spinach, and kale contain zeaxanthin, an antioxidant that helps even out skin tone. They also contain beta-carotene, which is known to also help protect against the sun’s rays. (we told you we got you covered this summer!)
One of the best ways to get your kale in every day is by roasting them into kale chips! Toss them in that EVOO, garlic powder, s+p, and some crushed red pepper if you like a little bit of ✨spice✨ - bake at 350 for about 5-8 mins, flipping a few times through and they are HEAVEN!
Remember those omega 3s we were talking about earlier? The ones that reduce inflammation + maintain a healthy skin barrier?
Allow us to reintroduce you. This time in a bit less of a smelly form.
Flaxseeds are one of the most mild seeds to add to any dish - we love to add them to cookies, oatmeal, or our daily smoothies!