The Eat Pretty Challenge: Best Foods For A Glowing Complexion
When we think of our complexion, hair and nails, we often find ourselves staring at our flaws, wondering what exactly we’re doing wrong. You may have tried every expensive product on the market, followed through with beauty regimens religiously and spent a good amount of cash in the process! But there’s something to be said for utilizing natural resources. More attention has been brought to holistic remedies as a means for naturally and effectively reversing and preventing wrinkles and fine lines, breakouts, dry and damaged hair, brittle nails and so on. But prior to using yogurt for facial masks, avocado for soft hair and olive oil for nail moisturizer, you can simply eat to achieve the results you want. Learn about our favorite foods for glowing skin, shiny hair and strong nails and take the challenge to eat pretty!
There are a variety of foods you can incorporate into your diet to help you not only feel your best, but look your best, too. The following foods are great for helping maintain a healthy glow from head-to-toe.
For your face:
- Avocados: They’re a great combination of fatty acids, vitamin C, vitamin E and antioxidants—the go-to skin elixir. They’re also packed with potassium, which is known to fight inflammation. Potassium work wonders in reducing the bloating effects of salt that cause puffy eyes by pushing excess sodium out of the body.
- Bell peppers, dark leafy greens, kiwifruit, broccoli, berries, citrus fruits, tomatoes, peas and papayas are all high in vitamin C, which increases collagen, elastin and keratin production, and also works like an antioxidant to beat free radicals that cause premature aging.
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For your hair:
- Bananas are known for their high levels of potassium, which is great for hair health. Getting too little potassium can actually cause you to lose hair! Bananas combat dry, itchy, flaky hair by increasing moisture content.
- Salmon and tuna are rich in protein, omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D, all essential nutrients for healthy hair. The special protein in your hair, keratin, is responsible for giving hair its strength and flexibility, so consuming a diet rich in protein will work wonders. Omega-3 fatty acids aid in promoting hair growth and add sheen and luster, too.
For your nails:
- Almonds are rich in biotin, which promotes cell growth, and vitamin E, which serves as an effective moisturizer and nail strengthener. They’re also a great source of calcium, which gives your nails nutritional support.
- Eggs are well-known for their high amount of protein, which is pertinent for achieving and maintaining strong fingernails. They’re also one of the few dietary sources of vitamin D! Furthermore, they contain biotin to increase fingernail thickness while reducing brittleness and splitting.
The Challenge: A Day Of Eating Pretty
Now that you have plenty of easy options to choose from (with many likely hanging out in your kitchen right now), let’s put them together to form a full day of promoting healthy skin, hair and nails!
Breakfast: A veggie omelette will incorporate both protein from the eggs for your nails as well as vitamin C for your hair if you add in bell peppers, tomatoes and spinach.
Snack: Opt for a handful of almonds to give your nails some love.
Lunch: Make a chopped kale salad rich in vitamin C for your skin. Incorporate avocado to keep inflammation around the eyes at bay, and top with seared ahi tuna for healthy hair.
Snack: Mixed fruit like berries, papaya and kiwi will all contribute to a healthy glow, and adding in a banana will promote silky and strong tresses.
Dinner: Salmon is your evening go-to for sheen hair. Pair with sweet potatoes, which are rich in vitamin A to keep your skin healthy and a side of peas for a dose of vitamin C your skin will love!
Dessert: Is your sweet tooth coming on strong? No worries. Bite off a square of dark chocolate. Cocoa works to boost blood circulation to the fine skin capillaries found on the top layer of your skin. This helps them to draw more oxygen and nutrients to shield your skin from burns and dehydration.