Fitting into our favorite jeans and feeling body confident has a lot to do with our health and how we eat but our skincare is another reason to prioritize healthy foods on our grocery list. Stressed about wrinkles, skin blemishes, dull or dry skin? Take a stroll through the fruits and veggies section on your next grocery trip. Here’s a few easy options to add to your cart for your best skin:
These first two are the most basic fruits you can find at any grocery store, no fancy health food store necessary! Apples are full of Vitamin C, which keeps your skin firm and dewy. They also prevent free radicals from damaging skin. Free radicals try and take an extra electron from atoms in your skin. This damages your skin’s DNA, which then accelerates the look of aging. So not only does an apple a day keep the doctor away, but also wrinkles! Apples also contain a high pectin content, which helps clear up acne and battle aging. Apple pectin promotes skin cell regeneration and is ultra hydrating for a gorgeous complexion.
Next on the list is bananas. Full of complex protein and natural emollients, bananas smooth and moisturize your skin from the inside out. Bananas can be used topically as well as ingested to get a multitude of benefits for hydration, anti-aging benefits, oily-skin and acne. The potassium content hydrates your skin, while B-vitamins and vitamin E help fight the effects of aging skin. Those are just a few benefits we get from a banana, but how many more reasons do you need?
Now, if you love berries, than you’re in luck! Berries are packed with abundant vitamins and minerals that all help your skin look gorgeous. Snack on strawberries, cranberries, and blueberries instead of processed snacks, and your skin will thank you in the form of a dewy glow. The antioxidants in these berries are known for rejuvenating skin, improving dullness and minimizing pores. You can also try bilberries which are grown in Europe and resemble blueberries. Bilberries are not as common here in the U.S. but still provide similar benefits to the other berries.
Don’t forget about your citrus because adding regular citrus fruits to your diet can almost guarantee clear skin. With antibacterial properties of citric acid and vitamin C, citrus fruits boost natural collagen production (since it diminishes as we get older) to keep skin firm and plump. Choose citrus fruits such as oranges, mandarins, or lemons.
If you’re looking for something little more exotic for your diet, take your cart on a tropical vacation by stocking it with guava, pineapple, papaya, kiwi, and other tropical fruits. They also contain Vitamin C to protect your skin against damaging free radicals. Vitamin C also helps your body produce collagen, keeping your skin firm and elastic, and who doesn’t want that?