Contributor: Primally Pure
Photographer: Primally Pure
Being a healthy food blogger and natural skincare lover, I constantly get asked about my skin and any recommendations I have for achieving a glowing, clear complexion. The truth is, no skin is the same. Just like bodies are sensitive to certain foods and environmental factors, so is our skin.
First, I believe in the power of developing an all natural skincare routine that works for you. Along with washing your face every morning and night, toning, and using a good moisturizer, you should also be making sure that your body is getting the nutrients and vitamins it needs to encourage cell renewal, elasticity and balance. After all, there’s no denying that beautiful skin starts from within.
That being said, a healthy balanced diet can help us all get a little closer to achieving the skin we desire. Here are a few of my tips that have helped me clear up my skin and achieve a dewy glow:
Fill up on antioxidant rich foods: Include more Vitamin C, E, D and selenium into your diet. These foods pack in a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals. Suggestions include blueberries, cherries, carrots, sweet potatoes, almonds, brazil nuts, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, flaxseed, chia, cabbage, dark leafy greens, avocado, beets, tomatoes, broccoli and green tea.
Eat more healthy fats: Start including more healthy fats in your diet to boost softness and add hydration to your skin. A few easy ways to start is by eating more walnuts, avocados, wild salmon, eggs, avocado oil, olive oil and flax. Time to kick canola oil to the curb.
Beware of dairy: For many people dairy can cause breakouts. If you struggle with acne-prone skin, I suggest experimenting with removing it from your diet for 2-4 weeks to see if it helps. Don’t worry, there are plenty of delicious non-dairy ice creams!
Take a multivitamin: A good multivitamin never hurts, especially if you’re someone who doesn’t typically eat a balanced diet. My personal favorite brand is Garden of Life.
Watch your processed food, sugar & alcohol intake: If you’ve noticed your skin hasn’t been the best lately, think about how much processed food, sugar, dairy or alcohol you’ve had. Personally I know how much alcohol affects my skin and try to avoid overdoing it whenever possible.
Remember, no skin is the same. Start by figuring out your skin type (oily, dry, combination, etc) and then experiment with what products and care work best for you. It may take you a little bit to find a skincare routine, so try and be patient.
P.S. Don’t forget to clean your makeup brush with soap and water, remove your makeup every night and get a good night’s rest. XO