Lack luster skin got you down? Turn up the wattage on skin by reaching for the nutrients skin craves! A healthy diet full of nutrients – omegas, vitamins, antioxidants – makes all the difference between a wrinkled, dull complexion and a fresh, glowing one. So, what foods should you reach for? We asked some of our nutrition and skin health scientists, and here’s their top ‘glow getting’ list:
Omega-3 fatty acids, aka “the good fat”. This type of polyunsaturated fat is crucial to sustain healthy cell membranes, which make up a large part of skin, but can’t be made naturally. “Omega 3 supports cell membranes, a large part of our skin, and is key to skin looking, feeling and working its best,” says Katie Throop, Nutrition Research Scientist for Nutrilite. Grab your spoon, because the #1 way to stock up is to eat omega rich foods! Mix these top sources into recipes, use as toppings or grab a ‘good for you’ portion for the sake of your skin: Flaxseed Oil, Chia Seeds, Walnuts, Tuna, and Salmon. Make sure skin gets what it needs with a quick dose of essential fatty acids in a supplement, like Nutrilite Balanced Health Omega.
Vitamins A, C, and E, make skin as happy as can be. Vitamin A nourishes both the upper and lower layers of skin, Vitamin C (think “C” for collagen) supports tissue, and Vitamin E absorbs energy from UV light to keep damage from skin. Get skin in fighting shape with vitamin-rich foods like leafy dark greens, eggs, and avocados (hello, Avocado toast!). Vitamin C is good in skincare too! Look for products that contain a high-concentration of Vitamin C in a serum, like Artistry Vitamin C + HA Treatment.
‘Berry’ good for you antioxidants. Cell damaging free radicals lurk everywhere, but antioxidants come to the rescue to help cancel them out. “Antioxidants work by attaching to the free radicals to keep them from damaging our healthy cells and speeding up the aging process,” says Artistry Scientist, Jason Rothouse. And while these super stoppers come in a variety of foods, berries are one of the best sources! Boost skin with blueberries, pomegranates, elderberries, cranberries, strawberries…. and pair them with dark chocolate (it’s rich in antioxidants too!).
Hydrate skin, inside and out, with water. Skin is the largest organ in the body, and just like all our other organs, it needs enough water to function its best. Otherwise skin looks dry, tight, and flaky from dehydration. “Aim to drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses per day (64oz total) to rehydrate and flush toxins,” says Throop. Upgrade your water (and your skin) with Truvivity by Nutrilite™ TruAqua™ Powder Drink sticks, packed with vitamin C and cranberry extract to support healthy skin and protect from damaging free radicals.*
*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.