Friday, January 6, 2012

Top 10 Foods to Make Your Skin GLOW (Part Two)...

Continued from yesterday...

6. Avocados.  Another big player in the vitamin E game, avocados also contain vitamins A, B, C, D, K and beta-carotene in high amounts. They help nourish and moisturize the cells of your skin.  Niacin in Avocados also soothes skin and balances red blotches.

7. Green Tea. My beverage of choice, green tea is high in antioxidants that protect cell membranes and decrease inflammation. Studies have revealed that green tea reduces the risk of skin damage from sunburn and skin cancer. If that's not enough for you, it is also is high in polyphenols which eliminate free radicals. Try your green tea with a lemon. Studies have shown that lemon causes a roughly four-fold boost in the amount of antioxidants that the body absorbs.

8. Sesame Seeds. Rich in vitamin E, sesame seeds prevent free radical damage to the skin. They also contain copper which is necessary for the production of a certain type of antioxidant that protects the skin from damage. Sesame chicken anyone?

9. Carrots. These orange beauties are high in beta carotene which the body converts to vitamin A. Vitamin A is one of the most important nutrients for healthy skin.  Carrots are also rich in antioxidants and vitamin C. Not fond of carrots? Sweet Potatoes pack the same punch.

10. Dark Leafy Greens. Spinach, Arugula,  and Kale are all jam-packed with naturally occurring antioxidants. They will help keep your complexion radiant and blemish-free.

SUPER BONUS: Dark Chocolate! Can it be true?!?! Yes it can. Enjoying a small piece of dark chocolate a day provides your skin with high levels of cocoa flavanols, which have been associated with softer, more hydrated skin. Just make sure you keep the quantity under 1 oz. and the cacao level over 70%.

Also of note: almonds, yogurt, tomatoes and of course, the beauty champion.... water. Nothing will hydrate your skin and make it glow more than 8 glasses of healthy spring water a day.

May the glowing health and beauty of your skin on the outside be a reflection of your beauty and glowing health on the inside. Namaste.


  1. Green tea yoga girlJanuary 8, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    Thank you for this timely article! One of my new year's resolutions is to get my skin cleared up and I'm planning to do it from the inside out. I'll follow your advice, and I'm thinking of doing a juicing cleanse as well to see whether that helps clear up the pimples that have found their way onto my 32-year-old face!

  2. You're very welcome! Let me know how your juicing cleanse works out.