Take a second to think about all of the stress your skin goes through daily: sun, pollution, and sweat, to name a few. It’s no surprise that our complexion can take a beating–but trust us, it’s not a lost cause! To make getting great skin even easier, you don’t need to head to the beauty counter to hunt down the latest creams and serums to solve your skin woes. Believe it or not, there is a fool-proof way to gorge-ify. And there really is a miracle product (hopefully) residing in your kitchen- and it will help you get your best skin. We’re talking about vegetables! Say goodbye to dull, aging, broken out skin. Simply stock up your fridge with tasty vegetables (and eat them!) and you will be putting your best face forward in no time.
Why are certain vegetables such beautifying powerhouses? They are chock full of skin-loving nutrients! First, veggies are full of water, so they are super hydrating, which means they will plump up cells and fill in fine lines and wrinkles. And certain veggies contain higher doses of the essential nutrients that will reveal gorgeous, healthy skin. Ensuring veggies with omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants (think vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta-carotene) make it into your rotation will totally revamp your skin from the inside out!
Why are these nutrients so important for your skin? Find the breakdown below and the veggies you should eat to get them.
Vitamin C: keeps skin youthful and elastic by aiding in collagen formation. Think: tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, broccoli, and potatoes.
Beta-carotene: helps give a healthy glow and hue while protecting skin from sun damage. Go for: carrots, spinach, sweet potatoes, butternut squash and other orange and green colored produce.
Antioxidants: guard against premature aging by helping to prevent cell damage. They mop up free radicals, including those caused by pollution and other environmental toxins, stress, and the sun. Eat up: Most veggies.
Omega-3s: contain powerful anti-inflammatory compounds that give skin a smoother appearance. Great Source: cabbage.
Water and potassium-rich: keeps skin hydrated and restores fluid balance so it doesn’t look wrinkled and withered. Indulge in: Most veggies.
Make sure to eat your vegetables throughout the day, so you can reap the amazing benefits all day long.
Want to find out which two veggies are some of the best choices for beautiful skin? Read our article on cravelocal.com, which includes our Veggie better than Wrinkle Cream Menu! Plus, we share two mouth-watering recipes to get you feeling inspired to load up on vegetables. Your skin will definitely thank you.
Craving even more expert info and delicious recipes? Check out our newest book, The Nutrition Twins’ Veggie Cure to get your vegetable fix.