If I told you could fight wrinkles off forever by eating a bowl of cereal… Would you? Of course, you would! With the 10-year challenge fresh in my Facebook feed, I’ve been thinking a lot about aging. I think we can all agree that if you could age gracefully, you would.
Luckily- the solution is in diet and lifestyle. Though you can’t control your genetics, you can control your diet. Today I’m going to teach you what I’ve learned about the nutrients your skin needs to look young and healthy. It’s important to note that I am not a doctor or a nutrionalist.
Before we jump into the vitamins and beauty bowl, I want to take a moment to discuss free radicals, antioxidants, and collagen. Free radicals are wild and unpredictable. They have can have a negative impact on your health. Countering that, antioxidants are your knight in shining armor that protects and prevents damage from free radicals. Collagen is the main structural tissue found in your skin and your levels of it determine the elasticity of your skin.
The 5 Vitamins You Need For Healthy Skin
There are 5 main vitamins that contribute to healthy looking skin:
- Vitamin C: This vitamin will protect you from UV damage and is great for collagen synthesis. Vitamin C will help prevent sagging skin.
- Vitamin E: A great antioxidant that helps to repair your skin. You really need to get this from your diet, as the body struggles to make it on its own. It also helps prevent sun damage.
- Vitamin A: This vitamin simulates collagen and reduces inflammation.
- Vitamin B: Known in the drugstore as the Beauty Complex, this vitamin gives the essential building blocks of hair skin and nails while retaining moisture.
- Vitamin K: Boost elasticity and long term repair with this vitamin.
The Beauty Bowl
Now let’s dive into the miracle bowl! The ingredients will focus on foods that offer the vitamins above, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties.
First, we’re starting our bowl off with some granola. There isn’t a lot of benefit to your skin from granola, but I like a little crunch in my breakfast bowl.
Second, I’m adding blueberries and blackberries. These fruits are really good at fighting sun damage. If you love sitting in the sun, you need all the help you can get.
Next, I’m adding almonds. Almonds are one of nature’s best sources of Vitamin E. Remember, this is the vitamin your body needs help creating.
After the almonds, I’m adding hemp protein.
Followed by Goji Berries. These berries are another great source of the 5 vitamins needed for healthy skin, hair, and nails.
Last but not least, chia seeds. They elevate your mood, decrease inflammation, and offer an array of benefits to your body.
I’ve added almond milk to my bowl and voila! It’s complete.
Put only the best into your body. You don’t have to stick to an insane regiment. You can live. But as much as possible, make time for living foods. Think of it this way: If I throw pasta on the ground it will mold away. If I throw an apple on the grown, it may grow into a beautiful apple tree one day.
If you have any questions, ask me in the comments or by contacting us via @dollareyelashclub. Until next time ;)