Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Berry Beautiful!

Have you ever heard the saying you are what you eat?

Well it is 1000% true! The foods you put in your mouth directly effects the way your skin looks!!

No matter how much foundation or concealer you put on, if you don't have a healthy canvas, your makeup will not look as good as it could!

Eating the right foods can, among other things, prevent dryness, breakouts and wrinkles, lead to healthy cell production as well as a radiant complexion and just all around, make you look younger! You want to make sure to get a diet rich in antioxidants and fatty acids so as to create a positive effect on your skin.

Along with lifestyle choices, the foods we eat can either help or hurt our skin. Foods that hurt our skin are foods that cause inflammation within our bodies. Besides hurting your skin, they will hurt your overall health.

Here are a list of foods that will help your skin, also a list of foods that will harm your skin.

**Both list were taken from cosmeticscop.com**

Good Foods:

•Coffee (believe it or not, coffee is a tremendous source of antioxidants) and green tea
•Deeply-colored berries (blueberries, blackberries, raspberries)

•Deeply-colored vegetables, especially leafy greens and cruciferous vegetables such as red cabbage

•Red, green, yellow, and orange bell peppers (plus all types of hot peppers)

•Salmon and other cold water, oily fish (a bountiful source of omega-3 fatty acids; choose wild caught rather than farm-raised)
•Walnuts (most nuts have health benefits, but they're calorie dense, so be mindful of portion control)

•Olive oil (also recommended: grape seed, walnut, rice bran, and canola oils)

•Whole grains (the fiber boost reduces inflammation)

•Spices such as ginger, turmeric, cardamom, curry, cumin, garlic, oregano, basil, and tamarind

•Flax or pumpkin seeds

•Yogurt (preferably plain or those with reduced sugar)

Bad Foods:
•Sugar, especially refined sugars such as high fructose corn syrup
•Trans-fats (any oil listed as "partially hydrogenated" qualifies), which includes margarine and most shortenings

•Processed or cured meats (the nitrites and nitrates are an acute source of inflammation)

•Red meat (if you won't give up beef, at least choose the leanest cuts and avoid grilling, which creates carcinogenic substances)

•Highly processed foods, which includes most of the menu at fast-food restaurants

•White flour (a source of simple carbohydrates and present in most baked goods)

•Desserts such as cakes, pastries, and yes, even that muffin you think is a healthy choice for breakfast

Healthy Eating+Smart Skin=Beautiful You!

Have a happy, healthy eating day!