Sir Thomas Overbury wrote in his poem “A Wife (1613): All the carnall [sic] beauty of my wife is but skin deep.” What he meant by that is that the external beauty of his wife’s appearance didn’t match what was inside.
I like to think of this in reverse: true external beauty starts from the inside and radiates outward. The more beautiful you are on the inside, the more it shines out to reveal your true nature.
As a society, we seem to be attracted to physical beauty, but what we’re really attracted to is health.
That’s where true beauty starts — true health.
If you want true health — and true beauty — you need to be kind and compassionate to yourself with what you put in your body. When you are, your body will reward you with true health and skin that glows with radiance. That’s where good nutrition comes in.
To maximize your skin’s healthy potential, here are 5 powerhouse foods to include in your diet.
Avocado is loaded with nutrients that benefit your health and specifically your skin. Beta-carotene and vitamin E boost the efficacy of sunscreen and reduce sunburn, but also help to repair your skin if you over-do it in the sun.
Have dry, dull skin? Not only can you eat avocado, but you can rub it directly onto your skin for an instant soothing moisturizer and a natural, healthy glow.
Next time you include an avocado in your favorite smoothie or salad, try scraping out the left over fruit from inside the skin and rubbing into your hands for instant moisture and glow.
Beautiful, sweet mangoes are a treat you don’t have to feel guilty indulging in. Including mango in your diet will treat your skin to a boost in collagen production — thanks to the generous doses of vitamins A and C — to help give skin strength and elasticity which helps to combat those pesky wrinkles.
This is another one of those yummy foods you can eat or put right on your skin (I would suggest both). Try making yourself up a nice mango facial mask and de-stressing with a good book.
Spinach just might be one of the perfect foods that exist to provide you with amazing health and vitality. Chock full of beta-carotene, vitamins A, C, and E, plus zinc and cancer-fighting antioxidants, you can’t go wrong with tossing some spinach in your smoothie or lightly sautéing some up as a side dish for a healthy dinner.
The nutrients in spinach help to heal all sorts of skin conditions including eczema, psoriasis, acne, and wrinkles. To give yourself a spinach boost, try starting your day with this 5-minute spinach smoothie recipe.
4. Sweet Potatoes
Who knew that sweet potatoes offered so many health benefits, especially related to your skin? Well, they do! Like the fruits and veggies above, sweet potatoes are loaded with beta-carotene, vitamins A, C, and E, as well as those cancer-fighting antioxidants, but they also contain biotin which hydrates parched skin and prevents brittle hair and nails.
Don’t be fooled — sweet potatoes don’t have to be candied to be enjoyed. They are naturally sweet and delicious on their own. Here’s a fun twist on sweet potatoes to whip up for dinner tonight that tastes amazing and hydrates your skin all at the same time.
When it comes to nutrition and skin health, tomatoes pack a punch! Like the other powerhouse foods on our list, they contain beta-carotene, vitamins A, C, and E, zinc and biotin. They also contain the powerful antioxidant lycopene which fights wrinkles by slowing down cellular damage from free radicals, improves skin elasticity to keep you looking youthful, and protecting against sunburn.
Just because the tomato is red doesn’t mean your skin has to be! Tomatoes are easy to add to your diet. Toss them in a salad or indulge in a few spoons of salsa. Try a tomato soup for lunch. Or, slice and serve as a side dish all on their own.
The types of tomatoes vary in taste and color, so have fun with them and experiment with which varieties you like best. A fun type to try is the irregularly shaped, unusually colored “ugly” tomatoes. On the inside they are beautiful and they taste delicious!
Eat for your skin! You deserve to have radiant, healthy, youthful looking skin and that’s not as hard to accomplish as you might think.
Before *visiting your dermatologist, try boosting your diet with skin-healthy foods like the ones listed here and notice how your skin improves over time.
If you’d like some extra help hydrating or healing your skin (plus getting such much needed stress relief), treat yourself to a well-deserved facial in my Old Town Fort Collins medical spa.
Have you tried changing your diet to improve your skin health? Let us know what changes you made and the improvements you saw in the comments below. Let’s share the love!
*If you have an urgent skin issue, serious skin-related health concerns, an unusual looking bump or mole, or any skin condition that concerns you, by all means, visit your dermatologist immediately. But if you want preventative help with your skin health or an anti-aging regimen, improvements to your diet and regular spa treatments will give you loads of help toward having beautiful, radiant, healthy skin.