what I use on my skin. Which is totally cool. Because I love talking about skincare products as much as I love talking about hot young musicians.
But here’s the thing…while I totally believe in using high quality skincare, what you feed your skin from the inside makes the biggest difference.
I cleared my skin of chronic cystic acne by cutting out dairy, grains and processed sugar. It improved even more as I started adding the foods shown in the pic.
Let’s start with the sardines. I can hear the groans now, since so many of you are still sardine virgins. Try the ones that are lightly smoked, packed in olive oil. My favorite brand is Wild Planet. You will learn to like them, and when you see how great your skin looks, you will be thanking me. Sardines are rich in vitamins A and D, coQ10, and omega 3 fatty acids. And of course protein.
If you can’t quite go there yet, wild caught salmon has the same benefits. (I still think sardines are the best because you are eating the skin, bones, everything. But I also realize that sounds pretty gross.) You can find wild salmon fresh, frozen or canned. Adding fatty fish to your diet will give your skin a glow.
Some other sources of healthy fats for your skin are coconut oil and avocado. I don’t need to tell you what to do with an avocado. It’s pretty simple: make guac, slice it on a salad, or just do what I do when I’m in a hurry…cut it in half, sprinkle with some pink Himalayan salt, and eat it out of the shell with a spoon.
You can do a lot with coconut oil too. One way that I use it every single day is to blend it into my coffee in the am, along with a little liquid stevia, and my Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides. I use a Vitamix or Nutribullet to do this, but any blender will do. It makes the drink nice and frothy.
If I had to pick one item that changed the appearance of my skin more than anything else, it would be Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides. I consider it a miracle product for skin, hair and nails. My skin is firmer at the age of 49 than it was at 39. If you don’t drink coffee, it blends nicely into tea or a smoothie.
Fresh greens are super important too. I have organic baby arugula in the picture, but it’s best to consume a variety of leafy greens. Each time you go shopping try something different. The main ones in my rotation are kale, arugula and watercress. But start with spinach and romaine lettuce if you like. I blend them into a huge green drink in the am, usually with lemon and fresh ginger. Follow me on Instagram @resnickelizabeth if you want to see more of my green drinks!
If you struggle with getting enough greens in your diet, Collagen Beauty Greens from Vital Proteins could be the answer for you. This product combines marine collagen with a great variety of greens, along with probiotics and hyaluronic acid. It’s in the form of an easy to mix and surprisingly mild tasting powder. I don’t use this product every single day, but I take it with me when I’m traveling and don’t have time to mix up green drinks. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!!!
Carrots are awesome for your skin…in fact, I wrote a whole post on that! If this reminds you of Pheobe Cates in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High”, I’m sorry. (Ok, maybe not sorry. That was a great movie!) For more details on the carrots, read this post, which happens to be one of my most popular:
My grandmother turns 104 this month and her skin looks better than people who are twenty years younger. She swears by fresh lemon juice, so I start every day with the juice of half of a lemon squeezed into a glass of room temperature water. The vitamin C helps your body produce more collagen, for firmer skin. (Not just on your face…all over your body!) Limes are good too!
There are strawberries in the picture, but any berries will do. Berries are a great source of antioxidants without giving you too much of a sugar rush. Fresh berries are amazing when they’re in season, but frozen are good too, as long as they’re not sweetened.
A few things that aren’t in the picture but that I believe helped me: raw nuts and dark chocolate.
Nuts are a great source of healthy fats and protein, particularly when they are raw. Brazil nuts in particular are a great source of selenium, and can be helpful with acne.
And high quality dark chocolate definitely helps with healthy skin. And it tastes good. Win-win! I actually wrote a whole post on that (which I happen to think is one of my best, even though it didn’t get a ton of views.) Read it here:
Oh, and some possible side effects from eating this way are more energy, a better mood, clearer thinking, and maybe a little weight loss. Hopefully you’re cool with that.
So, can eating the right foods for your skin help you feel happy, healthy and hot? It absolutely can. It’s really why I started this blog. You will be happy eating such delicious and healthy foods, plus your mood improves with the addition of healthy fats. Everything I mentioned has numerous health benefits. And hot? You will see your skin start to glow (please try sardines!!!) and firm up…what could be hotter than that?
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