New Year’s resolutions. Love them or hate them, there’s one change that is important the whole year through … eating right for beautiful skin and a healthy feeling body!
Whether you overindulged during the holidays or not, the New Year is the perfect time to create healthier habits in your routine. Did you know that what you eat can affect your skin? It’s so true and learning how to consume consciously will help you to maintain a healthy, glowing appearance year-round.
You use natural skincare and makeup, follow a healthy skincare regimen, and take care to keep your complexion in its best shape. Don’t let what you eat sap your skin of all that goodness. We’ve compiled an easy to use cheat sheet of favorite foods for beautiful skin, plus ways to avoid the biggest beverage and bite beauty blunders.
Favorite Food for Beautiful Skin: Your Healthy New Year Shopping List
Let’s start with those tasty treats that are actually good for you and your skin. Don’t worry about holding back with these healthy morsels.
Up the Healthy Fats
Healthy fats keep skin moisturized, and moisturized skin looks youthful and radiant. Nibble on walnuts and olives, slather avocado on toast, drizzle olive oil over crusty oat bread, and serve up some tasty salmon.
Antioxidants in Abundance
Antioxidants enhance the body’s natural reparative mechanisms on free radical damage, improving the appearance of premature aging, wrinkles, dryness, and uneven skin tone. Most brightly colored fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants, so indulge. Another food that packs a powerful antioxidant punch? Chocolate! We know, not bad news. But be sure to choose dark chocolate that contains at least 70% cacoa to get the biggest antioxidant bang for your buck and reduce unnecessary sugar.
Go for Good Carbs.
Carbohydrates have gotten a reputation as the bad guys of the food world. But complex carbs give us energy and offer healthy cell support. Fruits are healthy carbs that keep skin looking great. Chickpeas are another great option. Try whipping up a homemade hummus with garlic and olive oil to spread on rice crackers, an ideal snack for those looking to avoid gluten.
Pound Plenty of Water.
It’s easy to forget to drink enough water during the day. But water is essential for beautiful skin as it supports cell health, keeps the system running smoothly, and boosts healthy circulation. All good things when it comes to gorgeous skin! Another reason to up your water intake? It helps to decrease the look of puffiness if you happen to overdo it on salt or alcohol. There are some good apps to remind you to drink enough H2O throughout the day like these.
Sip a Smart Bev.
Of course, we know you want the occasional adult beverage to sip without the worry of harming your complexion. And we happen to have the perfect solution. Try sticking to less than one ounce of alcohol per drink and mix with club soda, plus a fruit ‘twist’ of your choice, instead of sugary mixers. Now, sip so it lasts longer and you consume fewer bevvies.
Foods to Avoid Over-Consuming for a Happy and Healthy New Year
Get Rid of Gluten.
Did you know that gluten can have detrimental effects on skin even if you aren’t gluten intolerant? Gluten can cause skin to look puffy and red and may even lead to breakouts. Limiting your intake will help to keep your complexion in check.
Don’t Overdo Dairy.
This food group is a breakout trigger for many, especially those with acne-prone skin or experiencing hormonal imbalance. It can also cause the appearance of puffiness and under eye bags. Limit consumption of dairy to keep skin looking smooth, healthy, and toned. Nut milks are the perfect substitute for cow’s milk and cream for your gluten-free oats or morning latte.
Skip the Sugar.
For those with a sweet tooth, the sweet stuff seems to be everywhere. And the more you eat, the more you want. Remember this, when your body processes simple sugars, collagen and elastin are decreased. This means skin looks dull, thin, saggy, and unhealthy. Avoid sugary treats and opt for that dark chocolate.
Curb the Caffeine.
Running low on energy? Consider this before your next Starbucks run. Too much caffeine can make skin look puffy and intensify the appearance of undereye bags. It may be true that caffeine-loaded skincare helps to diminish signs of dark circles but not so much when it comes to the beverage itself. Try green tea instead, which is abundant in antioxidants, or simply keep your coffee habit to one cup a day.
Easy on the Alcohol.
Alcohol causes skin to look dehydrated, dull, puffy, and red, and can even cause wrinkles and pores to appear more prominent. Not exactly the look you are going for this New Year. Follow our guidelines above for beautiful skin bevvies.
That wasn’t so bad, right? A little less of the foods on the no-no list, and more of the foods for resilient, healthy skin. Here’s to a happy and healthy New Year for you and your skin!