Be a Foodie Beauty
You already know that what you eat plays a huge role in how good your skin looks. More surprising, perhaps, is that many of the same healthy foods you reach for when you want beautiful hair, skin and nails can help your complexion from the outside, too. “Food is what our bodies know and recognize,” says Horst Rechelbacher, founder of Intelligent Nutrients, a USDA-certified organic beauty line that obtains most of its ingredients from food sources. “So when food ingredients are applied to the skin, they are readily assimilated into the body.”
Feeding your skin should be a two-part process that combines a healthy diet with some targeted topical, food-derived ingredients, says Leslie Baumann, M.D., director of the Baumann Cosmetic & Research Institute in Miami Beach, Fla. “Inflammation is a big cause of skin aging—it’s a destructive process that breaks down collagen and leaves skin looking older,” she explains. The way to combat this inflammation is with a diet and a skin-care routine that are rich in antioxidants, which are substances that help protect and repair the skin. Here, a few foods popping up in cosmetics—all loaded with skin-healthy antioxidants and other beauty-boosting nutrients—and why they should find their way into your beauty pantry.