Healthy Skin Starts From Within - 5 Foods to Incorporate into Your Beauty Routine

What we put in our bodies is just as important as what we put on our bodies — hence the adage ‘ you are what you eat’. Serums, creams, toners, face washes, and oils are at their most effective when you are fueling your body with nutritious foods and staying hydrated. While we all love spending an evening binging on Netflix and junk food, a healthy diet is a major contributor to clear skin, lustrous hair, and strong nails! Your body gets rid of 30,000 to 40,000 dead skin cells every day and without a steady supply of nutrients, it can’t produce enough new cells to replace the old ones. While there are so many superfoods available in your local grocery store and farmers market, here are our top 5 to help get you started!

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Matcha

If you are an avid beauty connoisseur then you probably already know all about the miracles of matcha. Beloved by the clean skincare and beauty community for years, matcha is a bright Japanese green tea powder dating back to the 12th century. It has an earthy yet refreshing taste and is a perfect substitute for your morning cup of coffee. Not only will you enjoy the jitter-free caffeine boost it provides but it contains a powerful punch of vitamin C and antioxidants! We love matcha in iced-latte form and as a face mask to reduce inflammation and redness.

Coconut Oil

There is a lot of controversy on the internet about whether or not coconut oil is beneficial to our health. Coconut oil contains 86 percent saturated fat and because diets high in saturated fat are known to raise our overall blood cholesterol, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and the American Heart Association advice limiting the amount of coconut oil you consume to 2 tablespoons. However, small studies show this serving of coconut oil doesn’t significantly raise bad cholesterol but does increase good cholesterol. What sets coconut oil apart from other saturated fat is its unique blend of medium-chain fatty acids which do not have to be broken down in the small intestines like long-chain fats (these make up the majority of fats in our diets). This means our bodies absorb entire medium-chains of fat and deliver them directly to our liver where they are converted into energy. Fat cells also store saturated fat from coconut oil for a shorter period than other fats.

While coconut oil is not the healthiest oil it is healthy! And consuming it is more effective for our skin than applying it topically. While it can make for an effective makeup remover and does continue vitamin E, omega-3 fatty acids, and lauric acid (which are skin loves) it is also considered a four on the zero-to-five comedogenicity scale — a list of pore-blocking ingredients graded from non-pore-blocking to incredibly pore-blocking as the number gets higher.

Turmeric

Turmeric has been used in India as a spice and medicinal herb for thousands of years but Western scientists are only finally getting on board! Studies show turmeric contains powerful compounds called curcuminoids, the most important of which is curcumin, a strong antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties. However, while using turmeric in your food is a great way to add extra flavour and colour, it does not provide high levels of curcumin. We still recommend you add it to your kitchen spice rack while investing in a Turmeric supplement that contains significant amounts of curcumin. You can also add Turmeric to your favourite beverages whether it be tea, lattes, and even lemonade while enjoying a Turmeric face mask to reap the most benefits possible!

Apple Cider Vinegar

Vinegar has been used as a natural remedy since the days of Hippocrates. In today’s modern health communities, the spotlight is still on vinegar with the most popular type being apple cider. While there are many claims about the healing properties of apple cider vinegar, we want to add a disclaimer that there are only a few scientific studies to back them up. There are also side effects of consuming too much of it. While the popularity of morning apple cider vinegar shots has risen over the last few years, drinking vinegar undiluted can cause tooth decay, stomach problems, and hurt your throat. Consuming 8 ounces or more of ACV in a day can cause low blood potassium levels and osteoporosis. Applying it directly to your skin can result in irritation and even burns. So how can you safely enjoy apple cider vinegar? Adding it to your salad dressings, diluting it with water, using a straw to drink it, or adding a splash to your morning smoothie are just a few ways. We recommend checking out Healthline’s AVC guide that breaks down the appropriate dosage amounts in regards to the different health benefits it provides.

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Beets

Not only are beets delicious, easy to cook and preserve, and low in fat and calories but they are packed with tons of vitamins, minerals, and medicinal properties! Beets nourish your body with protein, vitamin C, folate, vitamin B6, magnesium, potassium, phosphorous, manganese, fiber, and iron. They also contain inorganic nitrates and pigments, both of which have several scientifically-proven health benefits like lower blood pressure, increased energy, reduced inflammation, and improved digestive health. Beets may even contain anti-cancer properties, although more research is needed to determine just how much. Here’s a cooking tip for you, keep the leafy greens from your beets. You can steam, sauté, or braise them. You can even add them to soups or eat them raw.

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Daryn Tessier