Eat Your Skincare: 6 Foods That Make You (More) Gorgeous Klaudia Tirico
So we're about 10 days into 2014. How are your healthy resolutions coming along? You may be staying clear of your local Taco Bell (kudos! I hear the new Grilled Stuft Nacho isn't that good anyway), but are you paying attention to how the foods you’re eating affect your looks? I spent the afternoon at an event celebrating Juice Generation founder Eric Helms' new book The Juice Generation and scored some intel on which foods you should be eating (and drinking!) for perfect skin, hair and nails. Read on!
All Green Everything Klaudia Tirico
When I asked Helms what foods give you a glowing complexion, his answer was simple: "The greener the better." Greens have the ability to balance out acidity in our tissue. If you're sticking to a modern, not-so-healthy diet, you can throw your acidity off. This can lead to a blah complexion, acne and even rosacea.
Greens are also packed with natural antioxidants, and there's a reason why our skincare products a made up of these molecules. Antioxidants fight signs of aging from free radicals, which leads to a boost in vibrancy in the skin.
Click through the next few slides to find the top greens to incorporate into your diet. (And a few not-so-green beautifiers, too!)
Kale Klaudia Tirico
I can feel you rolling your eyes already, but hear me out. The fact that kale is the-bomb-dot-com is not breaking news, but do you know why? Let me explain.
For starters, Kale is jam packed with vitamin K, the ultimate complexion brightener and dark circle eraser. Can you image a life without having to cake on concealer to cover your under eye circles? Kale can make that happen.
The veggie is also enriched with copper, which is amazing for skin. Copper helps boost the fusion of melanin, which will protect your skin from sun damage.Photo by: Getty
Cucumber Klaudia Tirico
Aside from the boatload of vitamin C in cucumbers, the skin of the cucumber is packed with caffeic acid, which works wonders on irritated skin. Another reason why you should eat the peel is the hearty helping of silica, a mineral that supports collagen production, which, in turn, boosts elasticity and gives you a beautiful complexion.
Swiss Chard Klaudia Tirico
Growing your hair out? Run to the farmer's market for some Swiss chard, stat! The leafy green is a top producer of biotin, the vitamin that helped me grow my hair from a pixie to a lob in a year. #truestory.
"I'm a huge fan of Swiss chard," says Helms. "It has a mild flavor and it's low in sugar. It's great if you're new to juicing."
Collard Greens Klaudia Tirico
Aloe Water Klaudia Tirico
For a serious dose of detox, sip on some aloe vera water (in my opinion, it's a lot tastier than coconut water). Aloe water bumps up collagen production and elastin repair for a smooth, younger-looking complexion. It's also a great source of copper and vitamins A, C, and E.
Photo via Pinterest.
Hemp & Spirulina Klaudia Tirico
Although you can’t really munch on hemp and spirulina directly, blending them in with your green juice or smoothie will boost hair and nail growth (and strength) like crazy. They are rich in sulfur-bearing amino acids like methionine, cysteine and cystine — ideal for long nails and shiny strands.
The Juice Generation Klaudia Tirico
The Juice Generation is packed with everything you need to know about juicing. Whether you're a juicing veteran or virgin, Helms offers 15 years of expertise on how plant-based elixirs can benefit your body. The book features interesting facts, delicious recipes and helpful cleansing tips.
Buy The Juice Generation here.