Let’s face it, there is not a woman alive that doesn’t want to be beautiful. We spend tons of money each year on products that promise to “boost our beauty potential” and magically erase lines, wrinkles, acne and other skin issues. We are bombarded daily by advertisements and commercials that tell us unless we buy this brand or that one, we’ll never have young, radiant, clear, beautiful skin.
I’ll be honest, there are some products out there, organic, plant based ones, that actually do live up to the hype. However, a product alone won’t give you the skin of your dreams. True beauty starts on the inside and works its way out. I’ve mentioned in prior posts the benefits of eating a more organic, plant-based diet, and here are some of the best of the best to make your skin “glow”! 🙂
1) Coconut – Water, meat, oil. Called the “tree of life” in Ayurvedic medicine, this amazing fruit has a list of health and beauty benefits a mile long, among those being it’s antimicrobial, antioxidant, antibacterial and antifungal. Coconut oil is rich in lauric acid, which fights harmful bacteria in the body. It is also great for digestion and helps your body to absorb nutrients more easily. Coconut water is high in potassium which helps to facilitate cellular cleansing. The oil is great to cook with, as it won’t turn rancid at high temperatures, and is a wonderful hair and body moisturizer. I would avoid using it on your face, however, especially if you are acne prone as some people have reported breaking out after using it on their face.
2) Avocados – Rich in vitamins A, C, E and K, as well as minerals potassium, copper, and iron. They also contain glutamine, an amino acid which helps protect your skin from environmental damage and glutathione, an antioxidant which can help to prevent aging.
3) Spinach – Spinach is a super beauty food! It is rich in beta-carotene (vitamin A), lipoic acid, phytonutrients and antioxidants like carotenoids and flavonoids, vitamin K, manganese, calcium, magnesium, iron, folate, selenium, and fiber.
4) Sweet Potatoes – This starchy veggie contains skin brightening vitamins A and C, as well as high levels of carotenoids and beta carotene. They are also rich in biotin and vitamins B2, B6 and E, as well as iron, potassium, copper, manganese and folate. Sweet potatoes protect the body against diseases such as cancer, heart disease as well as inflammation-related diseases. They are also easily digested as they are low in sugar and high in fiber.
5) Cucumbers – High in water, B vitamins, potassium, calcium, iron and magnesium. The skin of the cucumber contains beautifying nutrients such as silica and Vitamin C. Because they are so high in water, cucumbers are a perfect cleanser for the kidneys, which helps to flush out toxins and keep bloating at bay, as well as prevent under eye puffiness.
6) Turmeric – An Indian spice used a lot in Ayurvedic medicine because of its many health and beauty benefits. Turmeric cleanses the blood, increases circulation and has anti-inflammatory properties. All of which helps to keep the skin clear, bright and glowing.
7) Onions – Most people wouldn’t think of an onion as being a beauty food, but this little guy is loaded with beauty-boosting benefits! Onions are a powerful liver cleanser, which we know helps detoxify the body, they are anti-bacterial, blood cleansing and are high in sulfuric oils, which help stimulate the mucous lining of the digestive tract. Onions also contain the potent antioxidant quercetin, which helps to neutralize free radicals, regenerates vitamin E and can strengthen capillaries (which fights against varicose veins!). Onions also contain vitamins A and C, as well as sulfur, calcium, potassium, iron, silicon and fiber.
8) Garlic – Not just for fighting off vampires, garlic is a potent blood purifier and detoxification enhancer, which helps maintain clear skin, as well as fight off many other diseases. It’s also a great digestive aid, and can eliminate inflammation in the stomach and intestine. Garlic contains allicin, which helps inhibit the growth of germs. It is more powerful than penicillin. It is also useful against candidiasis, which can accompany acne. Garlic is also filled with vitamins and minerals such as potassium, B vitamins and vitamin C.
9) Lemons – Probably the best anti-acne food to add to your diet. Lemons are one of the best detoxifiers of the liver, and any support to the liver (our main detoxifying organ) is going to help clear up acne. Lemons are of course high in vitamin C, which fights free radicals and flushes toxins and bacteria out of the body. Lemons also contain calcium, potassium and magnesium.
10) Pears – This fruit has a very high ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity), which makes it extremely efficient at fighting free radicals in the body. They also contain vitamins C, E, K and some B vitamins, as well as copper, manganese, potassium, iron, magnesium, selenium, calcium, zinc and folate. Pears are also high in fiber, which helps to cleanse the digestive tract of aging toxins and wastes.
11) Acai Berries – Richer in antioxidants than blueberries, this super fruit also contains omega fatty acids, which helps to keep skin cells nourished and hydrated, vitamin C which brightens skin and vitamin E which keeps skin smooth and radiant. Acai also contains potassium, calcium, B vitamins and fiber. You can find Acai berries in your local health food store, the organic section of most supermarkets or online stores like Amazon and Sunfoods.
12) Chia Seeds – Probably one of nature’s most perfect foods, chia seeds are high in fiber, calcium, magnesium and boron (which help calcium to be absorbed), omega 3 fatty acids and protein. They are also very high in anti-oxidants, and unlike flax seeds, chia seeds stay fresh longer, up to two years. Use them in smoothies, make a chia pudding with almond milk, or sprinkle them on toast or in your salad. Chia seeds are as versatile as they are nutritious.
13) Red Bell Peppers – Extremely high in skin-brightening vitamin C, red bell peppers are also high in the beauty mineral silicon, which strengthens collagen and elastin , which in turn keeps skin supple and youthful. Eating them raw ensures you digest all of these minerals intact and also they have a high water content which keeps your skin and body hydrated.
14) Kale – An entire post could be dedicated to the bounty of nutrients this leafy green provides, but I will try and keep it brief. 🙂 While kale is yet another great source of calcium, manganese, copper and iron, it is very high in antioxidants as well as vitamins A, C, and K. It is also high in fiber. Eat it raw in salads, use in soup, in a sandwich, make kale chips, whatever you fancy, but do add this green veggie to your diet!
15) Almonds – High in vitamin E, almonds are great for keeping dry skin smooth and supple. Vitamin E has also been shown to combat the signs of aging by protecting the skin against UV damage. Almonds also contain zinc, iron, potassium, manganese, magnesium, selenium, copper, folate and more calcium than any other nut. They are full of amino acids which helps to build protein in the body. They also contain B vitamins. Almonds are anti-inflammatory and contain mono-unsaturated fats, which keeps the skin hydrated. Combining almonds with foods rich in vitamin C will increase their benefits. It has been shown that vitamin E and C work together to make your skin more beautiful, so adding almonds to a salad with red bell peppers or in a smoothie with acai or pears will make the almonds an even more effective beauty food!
16) Raw Apple Cider Vinegar – Probably one of the strongest digestive aids out there, raw apple cider vinegar cures constipation (which holds toxins in the body). It is also antiviral, antibacterial and anti-fungal which makes it extremely beneficial for fighting candidiasis and yeast issues (which causes skin issues). Raw apple cider vinegar promotes the growth of probiotics in the body by acting as a prebiotic. Probiotics have been shown to help clear acne and other skin issues. It also contains potassium as well as other trace minerals and helps to alleviate sugar cravings because it balances the yeast and bacteria in the body. Use it as a dressing for salads, take a spoonful before meals or mix with water to make a ph balancing toner for the skin. It is important to note that the apple cider vinegar needs to be raw in order to reap any of the benefits. Braggs Raw Apple Cider Vinegar is my personal favorite.
These are just a few of the amazing beautifying foods that nature has given us. Coupled with an organic, plant-based skin care regimen your skin will not only become more radiant and clear, but it will start to look younger as well. Beauty doesn’t have to cost a fortune and you don’t need to go to a salon or a doctor to get the “glow” you desire. Nature gave us everything we need, we just need to use it! 🙂
Peace and Love,