Superfoods for Glowing Skin

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The old adage “you are what you eat” couldn’t be more true. Your skin is your body’s largest organ, measuring at about 20 square feet. So it’s safe to say that what you eat will eventually show on your skin. I believe that beauty is so much more than what meets the eye. Beauty starts from within.

My goal as an esthetician is to not only provide skincare treatments in studio, but to take a holistic approach to skincare wellness. Skincare treatments and products are a small fraction of what it takes to produce substantial change in the skin. Lifestyle changes such as exercise and a diet rich in vitamins, antioxidants and good fats could be the answer to a fresh, glowing complexion.

So before we jump in let’s start by defining a few key terms.

Antioxidant: Antioxidants protect cells from free radicals (damaging molecules).

Fatty Acids:  Omega-3s and Omega-6s are the building blocks of healthy cell membranes. Healthy cell membranes = healthy cells that keep good things in (water and nutrients) and release bad things (toxins) out.

Protein: Proteins are broken down into amino acids. Your body uses amino acids for various functions. In the case of skincare the construction of new tissues, hormones, enzymes, etc...

Collagen: One of the most valuable proteins in the body. It works as “cement” to keep cells together. It's what gives skin its firmness.

Elastin: Another protein that allows tissues to return to their original shape after being stretched.

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Chia Seeds: This seed is packed full of fiber, magnesium, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids. It provides anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties. It’s been said that a single serving is more powerful than a single serving of salmon. Which translates to firmer skin and a radiant appearance. 

Tip: Sprinkle chia seeds in smoothies.

Salmon: Salmon is a great source of Astaxanthin, which gives it it’s color. Astaxanthin is a powerful antioxidant that keeps harmful free radicals at bay. That means an increase in moisture, elasticity, and the potential to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. 

Avocado: Avocado is an excellent source of over twenty vitamins and minerals. These include Vitamins A, B, C, and E, beta-carotene, and omega-3 fatty acids. The healthy fats help to improve skin’s barrier function as well as boost hydration in the skin. Avocado is the ultimate superfood to dry, dehydrated skin.

Blueberries: Packed with antioxidants, blueberries are the best way to protect your healthy skin cells against free radical damage. Free radicals can cause premature aging, wrinkles, and unpleasant appearance in skin. One cup of blueberries can contain several thousand antioxidants. 

If you would like more information on how diet can improve your skin health, schedule a FREE skincare consultation with Legare Beauty!

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