Best Friend Handbook: Eat Right For Your Skin
My friend Katherine Stuart writes a wonderful blog,”Best Friend Handbook,” everything from fashion and beauty tips to nutrition and recipes – including recipes for success. In one of her latest blogs, Katherine talks about what to eat to maintain a healthy, radiant, younger looking skin.
Unless you live in Antartica, your skin is always on display. And just like you don’t want to be wearing jeans that make your butt look big, you don’t want to be wandering around with skin that isn’t looking its best. It’s bad for the ego. Furthermore, your skin is your body’s largest organ so how it looks is actually a direct reflection of your body’s overall health. If you don’t believe me, just take look in the mirror after your next night of drinking, pizza and french fries. Like what you see? Unless you’re 19, the answer is probably going to be a resounding “No”.
Bottom line: What you put in your body always shows up on your face. So, in my continued effort to help you feel as good about yourself as possible, I’m going to walk you through some easy ways to eat right for your skin.
Dark, Leafy Greens are More than just Mysterious
Greens like Kale, Spinach and Arugula are chock full of vitamins and minerals such as folate that can help prevent skin cancer by literally increasing your cells’ ability to renew themselves. Which also makes your skin look younger. So, the next time you’re fixing a salad, ditch the lettuce and use a leafy green instead.
Tomatoes, Tomatoes, Tomatoes
The anti-oxidant lycopene, which is the phtyochemical that makes tomatoes red, is a dang miracle worker in terms of fighting the skin aging free radicals that result from sun damage. And let’s be honest: we all have sun damage. To get the most benefit, cook the tomatoes into a sauce or soup with a “healthy fat” such extra virgin olive oil. Yum!
Healthy Fats are Your Friend…
More about Katherine Stuart:
Katherine is a former movie executive and screenwriter who now runs her own content company, Content by Katherine. Her blog, the Best Friend Handbook, was born out of a desire to help other women feel better about themselves. As a lifelong best friend, fashion aficionado, former Pilates instructor, and amateur cook as well as the person that everyone comes to for advice, Katherine decided to take her opinions global, and create a virtual best friend. You know, someone who loves you no matter what. Who never judges you for eating, say, a quart of ice cream, always knows the best recipe for an impromptu dinner party and who can tell you exactly which eye cream will make you look like less of a hag the morning after one glass too many.