4 Beauty Superfoods
Ingesting and applying the right ingredients, as well as embracing a healthy, balanced lifestyle, is the first step to achieving truly radiant skin. Below I’m sharing my favorite superfoods that will put you on the fast track to gorgeous, glowing skin.
Probiotics – Named as the new beauty breakthrough by the American Academy of Dermatology, probiotics have been shown to have powerful skincare benefits. Integrating topical probiotics into your beauty routine can help improve hydration, stimulate cell function, regenerate mature skin and soften and smooth the complexion. Topical probiotics can help rebalance skin, strengthen its natural defenses and reduce stress levels in skin. Recent research also shows that they help with skin conditions such acne, rosacea or eczema, thanks to their ability to secrete anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial substances.
If you want to supercharge the health of your skin, I recommend both applying topical probiotics and ingesting them. When ingested, probiotics benefit the skin from the inside out. By lining the gut and creating a healthy and sealed barrier, they can prevent system-wide inflammation that might trigger acne or rosacea. They can also guard against UV-induced damage and improve skin’s elasticity and collagen production.
Turmeric – A relative of ginger, turmeric is a powerful ingredient in your attempt to achieve younger and healthier looking skin. From the inside, it promotes better blood circulation, giving the skin a healthy glow. When applied topically, curcumin, which is the antioxidant flavonoid present in turmeric, helps fight breakouts and blemishes thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. Paired with other skin-boosting ingredients, turmeric is also effective in reducing wrinkles and fine lines.
Flaxseed – A plant-based food, flaxseed is full of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids that help produce radiant and healthy skin. Studies show that both omega-3 fatty acids and omega-6 fatty acids help keep skin lubricated, smooth and plump. Omega fatty acids also help prevent inflammation, which can lead to dry and damaged skin. One of the best sources of collagen-boosting foods and other beautifying nutrients such as vitamin B, calcium, magnesium or zinc, flaxseed helps improve skin elasticity and texture when applied topically while also keeping breakouts at bay.
Blueberries – Rich in phytonutrients, carotenoids and polyphenols, blueberries provide potent antioxidant benefits. The antioxidants work to destroy free radicals that can potentially age the skin. Blueberries are high in fiber, which provides a roughage to the digestive tract, facilitating the timely removal of waste and toxins from your body. Excess toxins can be a major cause of premature aging, along with premature lines and wrinkles, acne, dark under-eye circles and dull or otherwise unhealthy skin. When applied topically, blueberries can help protect against the damaging effect of oxidative stress on the skin. They also help boost collagen, improve microcirculation and increase skin’s healing capacity.
This article was originally published on Spa Week