by Meredith Nathan, LMT & Master Skin Coach
When I was a teenager, I remember hearing from 'the experts' that what I ate had no correlation to what was happening with my skin. I didn't need much convincing - if that's what the experts were saying, who was I to argue? Pizza and rootbeer floats for dinner anyone?! Of course, time revealed that these experts may have been misinformed, and as I aged bad eating habits manifested on my face from acne and oiliness to rough skin, dryness, and eventually premature aging.
It's true, great genes and fantastic skincare will get you part of the way to having radiant, gorgeous skin (and trust me, that’s a part you DON’T want to ignore)! But radiant, glowing skin requires attention from the inside-out just as much as from the outside-in. After all, we are what we eat, and true beauty goes more than skin deep…
So what is that powerhouse blend of ingredients that will put our skin in the best spot to win? Here are a few superfoods as well as macronutrients to keep your eyes peeled for, as well as some Proper Nutrition 101!
1) Wolfberry Extract
The wolfberry, a fruit historically used in Traditional Chinese Medicine, is an antioxidant powerhouse that protects your cells and keeps free radicals at bay! When blended with rosehip and grape seed extract, this botanical trio helps to support collagen proteins, elasticity, and your skin's natural moisture barrier.
Glycosylasaywhat?! Glycosylceramides refer specifically to the ceramides found in plants. Ceramides are specialized fatty compounds found naturally in the skin that support it's protective shield and lock in moisture. Plant ceramides help fuel this function, strengthening the skin's natural moisture barrier to improve skin hydration. So make sure to 'eat the rainbow' of fruits and veggies every day, or for a more targeted approach, look for this special compound in capsule form. Also, think gluten is all bad? Think again - the ceramides found in whole wheat are some of the most helpful to the skin!
3) Your A, B, C's!
Your skin will thank you for giving it the basics:
Vitamin A is required for your skin to maintain and repair itself.
Vitamin B (and especially Biotin) supports the skin’s metabolic functions.
Vitamin C builds collagen and elasticity in the skin.
4) Omega 3s
Essential fatty acids are...essential! These oils, found in cold water fish, walnuts, and flaxseed, help combat inflammation in your skin and body. They also support your skin's cell membranes, which help your skin to detoxify and also to hold water. So think clear, calm, and hydrated skin when you think omegas!
These good bacteria help support a healthy gut, are strong anti-inflammatories, and support the immune system. The benefits of probiotics for the skin are far reaching, from helping to clear facial acne, body acne, eczema, rosacea, skin dryness to irritation. You can find them in fermented foods such as yogurt, kombucha, and sauerkraut (or, if you're like me and hold your nose at these suggestions, a probiotic supplement will do the trick!)
And of course, don't forget about this core principle to beautiful skin: drink up! Our bodies are 60% water, and this vital ingredient is fundamental to your skin's success! Drinking water helps to detoxify the skin and body, improve circulation (tired of seeing blue under your eyes?), and enhance skin moisture and clarity.
Being specific with what goes into your body can give you unparalleled results for what shines through on the outside...for truly luminous, hydrated, radiant skin, be beautiful from the inside out!