Eat Yourself Beautiful: Nutritional Beauty

By Chelsea Pineiro

Dec 22
Eat Yourself Beautiful: Nutritional Beauty

Do you think about nutritional beauty?

Today, many people wear makeup for multiple reasons: to feel empowered, because they like the art of it, to feel pretty, etc. In fact, according to a 2019 Business Insider article, the beauty industry is so prolific that it has grown to be worth $532 billion. For me, makeup is part of my ritual and I use it mostly for weekends and special occasions. However, I’m also a strong believer in taking care of what’s on the inside, alongside what’s on the outside.

But did you know that you don’t need to spend tons of cash on products just to feel pretty? Even something as simple as including various foods high in nutrients that are good for you, your skin, and hair can do wonders about how you feel. Check out some of these power foods to consider adding to your diet that are both good for your health and for your looks. It’s called nutritional beauty!

Water

Basic, yes. But think about it, by 2020 the skincare industry is expected to make 2.6 billion dollars in sales. How much of that do you think is on moisturizers alone? The human body is made up of 60% water and when you’re dehydrated, your skin becomes dry, flaky, less resilient, and more prone to aging. So, have a glass of water and help your skin out a little. It’s probably one of the easiest and most simple ways to work on your nutritional beauty.

pouring bottle of water into a glass

Red wine

Red wine is good for you, not because of the alcohol or the grapes, but because of a nutrient in the grape skins, resveratrol. Resveratrol can help reduce the effects of anti-aging, as well as act as a cardioprotective, anticancer, neuroprotective, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory nutrient. Not only that, but nutritional beauty gives you a great excuse to drink wine!

red wine being poured into glass

Green tea

As well as being full of antioxidants, green tea also contains something called catechins, which can protect skin from sun damage and reduce any redness caused by sun exposure. I would recommend this beverage if you live somewhere sunny.
Green tea in clear tea pot

Salmon

Salmon is rich in Omega-3, which helps to support your body’s natural oil production. This keeps your skin and hair healthy, soft, and shiny where it needs to be. If you need a veggie option, chia seeds, flax, walnuts, and hemp are also rich in Omega-3.
cooked salmon with a pretty lemon wedge on top

Tomatoes

Tomatoes are rich in antioxidants, vitamin C, potassium, vitamin A, vitamin B, and magnesium. Vitamin C helps support collagen production. This helps to improve skin elasticity, support hydration, and reduce wrinkles. They also contain lycopene, which can boost your skin’s natural protection against ultraviolet damage.
3 vine tomatoes in a basket

Turmeric

Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory, which can help with a number of health benefits. The one we’re concerned about here is that it helps reduce redness in your skin. Turmeric can also remove toxins from your blood. This helps to promote clear skin. 
chunk of turmeric next to turmeric powder

Eggs

Eggs are rich in sulfur, which helps to promote the production of collagen and keratin. Both of these are important for the overall health of your skin and hair. If you don’t like to eat eggs, make a hair mask with an egg white and some coconut oil for extra shine and strength! 
fried egg

Oats

Oats are full of zinc, biotin, magnesium, and potassium. Every one of these things are essential for maintaining healthy hair. Biotin specifically can help assist in hair regrowth, as well as support the thickness and shine of your hair.
messy oatmeal in a bowl and a jar full of oats

Now, it may seem like a lot, but remember, beauty comes from outer AND inner. Nutritional beauty is one of the best ways to benefit both. Good luck!

 

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