As if you needed any extra incentive, you can now add glowing skin to the list of reasons to fill your plate with veggies. Next time you want to munch, reap the benefits of these five super veggies to nourish your skin from the inside out.
Boost Hydration with Avocado
Technically, avocado is a fruit, but since it’s a salad staple and nutrient powerhouse, we say it deserves a spot on this list. Avocados are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and other healthy oils that protect your skin’s natural lipid barrier and hydrate your skin from within. Avocados also contain a wealth of antioxidants including lecithin and linoleic acid, which neutralize environmental pollution and combat fine lines, dark spots, and other premature signs of aging.
Fight Blemishes with Sweet Potato
Sweet potatoes contain high levels of beta carotene, which converts to vitamin A (retinol) after you eat it. This multi-tasking vitamin speeds up cellular turnover while reducing oil production, preventing your pores from becoming clogged with acne-causing dead skin and oil.
Detox with Kale
Kale, and other dark leafy greens like spinach and collard greens, are chock full of phytonutrients and glucosinolates that help flush out toxins and reduce inflammation throughout the body. The high concentration of vitamin K in this super veggie also stimulates circulation, which helps move the pooling blood that causes dark under-eye circles.
Brighten Up with Bell Peppers
Dealing with dullness? Bell peppers, especially the orange and yellow variety, contain more than 100% of your daily dose of vitamin C, which brightens skin and reduces the appearance of dark spots. Bell peppers are also rich in fiber and vitamin B6, which help repair skin and promote the production of new, healthy cells.
Fight Time with Artichokes
Artichokes are among the most vitamin and mineral rich vegetables— their high concentration of antioxidants protects skin from oxidative damage. Artichoke leaves also contain peptides, which help support collagen production within your skin. More collagen = fewer fine lines and wrinkles.
While toners and creams have their place in your routine, nothing beats feeding your skin from within with healthy foods. Load up on these powerhouse plants to keep your skin healthy and well-nourished.