Want to glow brighter than the star on your holiday tree? Check out our top 5 foods for getting your skin holiday ready this festive season:
Citrus Fruit: If you want smooth, firm skin, citrus foods are a must! Citrus foods are chalk full of Vitamin C, which aids in the body’s collagen production and helps to fight inflammation, keeping wrinkles at bay. Try starting your morning off with a little lemon water, snacking on a few clementines, and don’t forget your greens+ that contain one of the highest sources of Vitamin C, acerola cherries!
Sweet Potatoes: The bright orangey flesh of the humble sweet potato is a good indicator that this tuber is full of the Vitamin A precursor beta-carotene. Our body naturally converts beta-carotene into Vitamin A, which in turn protects our skin from cellular damage (read premature aging), and helps to increase cell turnover, making skin appear brighter. Added bonus, Vitamin A is also effective in preventing acne – good news for your skin, unless you like the whole Rudolf look!
Chia Seeds: Your skin is a like a mirror to your soul; well more like your digestive tract. If things aren’t um, shall we say moving, it will show on your skin. Chia seeds are a great source of soluble fibre that forms into a gel when mixed with liquid. This type of fibre is amazing for trapping toxins and keeping things regular. Try sprinkling chia seeds on your morning oats or smoothie, or in Joyous Health’s amazing Black Bean Chia Brownies.
Avocados: Avocados are like Mother Nature’s moisturizer and are crucial for keeping skin moist and supple. Full of healthy monounsaturated fats, as well as several other nutrients known to promote skin health (Vitamin E, Vitamin A, and fibre to name a few), avocados make a great addition to your beauty routine, both topically and internally. Try whipping up a fresh guacamole of your holiday party, or mashing some avocado on toast with a little lemon and sea salt for a quick dinner when you’re on the go.
Chocolate: The rumours are true; Chocolate is good for you! Chocolate is one of the world’s richest sources of magnesium, and contains the active compound theobromine, both known to help relax blood vessels, improve circulation, and give you a rosy glow like you just stepped in from a romantic winter stroll. The only thing with chocolate, you’ve got to pick the right kind. Opt for bars that are at least 75% cocoa, or better yet add some quality raw cacao powder into your smoothies or holiday baked goods.