Our best skin care lines integrate essential ingredients with cutting edge technology (for example Yon-KA’s botanical aromatherapy line is 98% natural ingredient derived). But we mustn’t forget that while our skin loves botanicals delivered topically – a large part of its care (and feeding) is good nutrition internally.
I.E. you are what you eat and properly digest. Choosing the right foods can change your skin for the better. So here are 5 fruits (and a beverage) that deliver serious results.
Water (always a big, dang deal) makes up a large part of our anatomy. The average adult human is 50-65% water, but the percentage of water in infants is much higher, usually around 75-78%. And who has better, sweeter, plumper skin than babies? No one, that’s who. Sooooooo – it follows that drinking lots of water is our number one beauty tip.
Antioxidant-rich berries are rich in Vitamin C, which protects our skin from damaging free radicals and slows down aging. Berries can also help eliminate toxins to keep skin clear. Mangoes get into the act by boosting our immune system with abundant Vitamin A. They can even ward off acne and produce a more even complexion.
Mature skin needs moisture and hydration, which is why you should grab a banana. Those golden beauties are high in potassium, which helps skin appear softer and more youthful.
Citrus added to water or tea can reduce the dark spots left behind by blemishes and also produce more glowing skin. And, following another long standing motto: an apple a day keeps the doctor away, it’s also a great source of malic acid which helps detox the liver and gallbladder…which is always good for our skin.
Nutrition is key for healthy skin – but don’t forget that every nutrient (food, water, and other beverages) is absorbed by all the internal organs of the body first – and the skin receives what is remaining last. This is why how we nourish our skin topically is so vitally important – not only to feed the upper layers of the skin with critical ingredients, but to protect the topical lipid barrier…which is the skin’s first line of defense against aging and environmental factors.
Our skin responds beautifully to all nutrients that are good for us – internally and topically. So there are two sides to skin nutrition – cover both…and it’s a win-win.