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The get-glowing diet
by Laurel |  Oct 31, 2013

The ebb and flow of beauty trends is inevitable, but one look that will always be sought-after is a radiant complexion.

While a proper moisturizer, some light-reflecting foundation and a sweep of bronzer will certainly help, getting your skin to glow starts with your diet. After all, you are what you eat - and when your body is nourished on the inside, your skin shows it on the outside. So what should you be noshing on? Here's your get-glowing grocery list:

Protein

  • Soy - Your skin will thank you for embracing soy products, whether or not you're a vegetarian. Prevention magazine noted that studies have shown women who consumed 3 ounces of foods that are high in aglycone like tofu and tempeh every day saw an improvement in skin firmness and fewer fine lines.
  • Salmon - You might already know that this fish is chock full of omega-3s, but were you aware that these fatty acids are essential for keeping your skin soft? Not only that, but the selenium content in salmon can safeguard your skin from UV rays. Not only that, but this mineral helps protect elastin, which is responsible for making your skin supple. Fitness magazine noted that it's crucial to opt for wild, not farm-raised salmon to reap the nutritional perks. If you don't like the taste, tuna has many of the same benefits.

Veggies

  • Romaine - Fill up your salad bowl with this green guy: Just six leaves offer more than 100 percent of your daily value of vitamin A, which fuels cell renewal for a youthful complexion. Plus, Lisa Drayer, RD, author of "The Beauty Diet," told Prevention that the high potassium content helps to enhance circulation for that healthy face flush.
  • Carrots - If you suffer from breakouts and blemishes, start crunching on these vitamin powerhouses. Dr. Howard Murad, associate clinical professor of dermatology at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, told Women's Health magazine that the vitamin A in these veggies can stop the skin's outer layer from producing excess cells, thereby preventing clogged pores.

Fruits

  • Strawberries - Collagen is the core structural protein in the skin that makes it look taut, and 1 cup of strawberries contain more than 100 percent of your daily value of collagen-boosting vitamin C.
  • Blueberries- After testing a multitude of fruits, vegetables, nuts and herbs, the U.S. Department of Agriculture determined that blueberries have the highest antioxidant capacity per serving. Antioxidants provide a powerful defense against premature signs of aging. The pomega5 daily revitalizing concentrate is packed with the potent antioxidant omega-5, which nourishes your skin while balancing and brightening its tone.

Fats

  • Flaxseeds - It's hard to believe that there are more than 38,000 mg of omega-3 fatty acids in one serving of these tiny seeds. Murad noted that these fats may be able to act as a magnet for hydration to the skin cells, thus providing a plumper appearance and fewer lines.
  • EVOO- This should be your go-to oil for cooking, salad dressings and even baking. The National Institutes of Health reported that it's full of polyphenols, which can shield your skin cells from damage and may also keep inflammation at bay.
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