Would you like to have glowing skin and strong, shiny hair? Or perhaps you’d like to improve your mood and increase your energy levels? Uh….Yah! Is the sky blue?
Well then, don’t walk to your nearest supermarket….Run! These effective, non-invasive and low cost beauty ‘products’ are waiting in the supermarket aisles:
Any woman who is trying to burn fat or lose weight needs chili peppers in her diet. The active ingredient in chili peppers, capsaicin, amps up the body’s ability to burn fat. It increases metabolism while also acting as a natural appetite suppressant!
Spinach is another powerhouse of nutrients and antioxidants that help fight inflammation and free-radical damage (the causes of fine lines and wrinkles). In particular, it is rich in an antioxidant called lutein, which helps eyes stay bright and healthy. Spinach is high in vitamin A (beta-carotene), which helps speed up skin cell turnover and keeps skin supple. For variety, you can substitute spinach for other leafy greens like swiss chard, kale or collard greens (which have similar beauty benefits).
Salmon is a superfood rich in Omega-3s, which help hydrate the skin and create a luminous glow. Omega 3’s also help fight stress and put you in a good mood. And when you’re happy you are most beautiful!
Yogurt contains high levels of amino acids, like lactic acid, which is beneficial to skin and hair care. Using yogurt for skin and hair dates back to ancient India, when it was used as an effective remedy to get rid of acne and pimples. And Cleopatra, from ancient Egypt, was known to take yogurt baths to keep her skin beautiful.
Tomatoes help protect skin from sun damage and other environmental factors thanks to its key ingredient, the antioxidant lycopene. Lycopene is shown to be highest in cooked tomatoes—so simmer up a tomato soup or eat your pasta with plenty of marinara sauce! And don’t forget to add a drizzle of olive oil, as healthy fats aid in lycopene’s absorption. Yum!
Red bell peppers are a superfood for your skin with high levels of antioxidants like vitamin C. A recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that people who eat more vitamin C have the best looking skin.*
Carrots (and orange veggies like sweet potatoes and butternut squash) – contain carotenoids which protect you skin from the sun by reducing your skin’s sensitivity to UV rays. Additionally eating orange veggies lessens redness in skin.
We would just like to add to this list a reminder to drink enough water throughout the day to keep your body and skin well hydrated and your energy levels up!
Bon Appetite! Here’s to eating your way to a healthier and more beautiful you!
*Dietary nutrient intakes and skin-aging appearance among middleaged American women14 Maeve C Cosgrove, Oscar H Franco, Stewart P Granger, Peter G Murray, and Andrew E Mayes