Who doesn’t love lists? What if I served you delicious, bite-sized morsels of information on topics ranging from natural skin care to healthy eating and even fun ways to stay active? As a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN), and Certified Raw Foods Chef, experimenting in the kitchen, sharing new recipes and easy wellness tips is what I’m all about!
I’m getting married in May (May 2, 2015 to be exact), and while glowing and radiant skin is important to me on the daily it’s become even more important with the “big day” coming up, which is why natural skin care has been at the top of my mind. As a nutritionist I believe in beautiful skin from the inside out. I put the best into my diet so I can get the best out of everything, including my skin, but I also know there’s more to skin care than just what I eat.
I’m sure you know that too. Even though you know that perhaps you’re wondering where to turn to for the best in glowing skin care. Wonder no more with this guide to glowing skin:
Foods for Healthy Skin
I love açai bowls. Not only because they are just oh so delish but because the açai berry is an antioxidant powerhouse. Take your açai bowl to the next level by adding more antioxidant-rich foods such as blueberries, goji berries and dark chocolate. My other favorite antioxidant-rich food for skin isn’t really a food at all. Technically it’s a spice in the ginger family called turmeric and I love it in turmeric infused smoothies. Antioxidants, including vitamin C, help to manage damage caused by free radicals. Ever had puffy, red skin? Well, that’s inflammation and you can help manage it by eating more antioxidant-rich foods. For more on free radicals damage and aging skin check out this post.
Another reason to love berries is because of their high fiber content. Fiber supports healthy digestion and elimination by helping to move digested food along the digestive tract. Proper digestion and elimination are key for healthy skin because if you aren’t eliminating through your digestive system other elimination organs, including your skin, with pick up the slack.
I enjoy matcha green tea for a combo of energy and relaxation (stress does not look good on skin). Matcha offers caffeine paired with L-theanine, an amino acid which can help improve concentration while promoting relaxation by calming nerves.1 It gets its green pigment from chlorophyll. Chlorophyll has antioxidant properties which may help to manage inflammation in the body. Try matcha paired with chlorella for a chlorophyll boost in this lemonade.
Hydration for Glowing Skin:
Being adequately hydrated is key for soft, supple and glowing skin. I’m sure you’ve got your water on lock (we all know the importance of water) but there are other ways to stay hydrated. Consider adding hydrating foods like cucumbers, celery, leafy greens and watermelon to your diet. Get those hydrating foods working double duty by infusing you water with celery or watermelon and eating them after.
As a spin instructor, one of my Beyoncé inspired, in-class mantras is “sweatin’ out my blowout.” Sweating it out on the bike is beneficial for glowing skin as sweating can help eliminate toxins. Not to mention it makes me feel strong, powerful and energized so I’m glowing from the inside out.
For me, my sweat-session doesn’t start and stop on the bike. Proper fueling pre- and post-workout is key for keeping my skin nourished and my body energized. Remember the turmeric we talked about before? Well you’ll also find it in Vega Sport Pre-Workout Energizer and Vega Sport Recovery Accelerator to help manage inflammation both before and after your workout. Good for recovery and good for your skin. That’s a win-win in my book.
Natural Beauty Products:
Your skin absorbs a great deal of what you put on it into your bloodstream so what you put on your body is just as important as what you put in it. The good news is that you don’t have to look much further than your kitchen for healthy, natural skin care options. I’m not just talking about our ever loved coconut oil . Use it as a moisturizer and to remove make-up! Oh yeah, and it’s great to cook with too.
Look to powdered greens for a nutrientdense face mask. My favorite face mask is blend of either 1/2 tsp spirulina or chlorella; both nutrient powerhouses with skin-supportive vitamin A, with 1/4 tsp fresh, filtered water; making a paste. I apply that to my face and let it sit for 10 minutes before washing it off and moisturizing with, you guessed it, coconut oil.
If you’re looking to try a new natural body scrub but not into making it yourself I recommend checking Australian-based Frank Body (now shipping to Canada and the US). I just ordered my first coffee scrub and I love it.
What are your tips for glowing skin?
1. Bryan, J. (2008). Psychological effects of dietary components of tea: caffeine and L-theanine. Nutrition Reviews.66(2):82–90