If the age-old adage is true—and we believe it is—you are what you eat and healthy looking skin starts from within
Getting and maintaining beautiful-looking skin isn’t possible thanks to cleansing and moisturizing alone. Sure, a well-rounded skin care routine is necessary if you want to put your best face forward, but healthy-looking skin starts from within. If the age-old adage is true—and we believe it is—you are what you eat. So if you want to look your best, it’s important to reach for whole foods that are packed with vitamins and nutrients. Some of our favorite healthy foods to nosh on for healthy-looking skin include the five we’re sharing below! Keep reading for some fun facts about these great foods and even get a few recipes from renowned chef Jamie Oliver. Plus, we’re even sharing a few skin care products formulated with some of the great vitamins and nutrients found in our must-eat foods so you can take a 360-degree approach to skin care!
Did you know that unlike plants, mushrooms don’t need sunlight to make energy for themselves? What’s more, during the ancient Egyptian times, mushrooms were considered the plant of immortality and were only allowed to be consumed by royalty. Thankfully, these days we can all pick up a variety of mushrooms from our local grocery stores—but with a laundry list of benefits we can see why the chosen few tried hoarding them all for themselves!
Mushrooms are packed with vitamin D and antioxidants—two must-haves for healthy-looking skin. Antioxidants specifically are necessary to help combat the effects of environmental aggressors like free radicals while vitamin D is needed to help fortify our skin, nails, and hair. Mushrooms are an incredibly versatile ingredient—throw them in an omelet, sauté them and top a burger, or slice them up raw for your next salad! Nutritionists recommend getting the most from your mushrooms by eating them with foods high in fat. Fungi are considered lipsoluble, meaning their molecules dissolve in contact with fats making it easier to absorb their nutrients.
Looking for a delicious recipe to enjoy mushrooms? Jamie Oliver’s recipe for Creamy Mushroom Soup with Mushroom-Topped Ciabatta for Dunking certainly fits the bill! The super-easy recipe is ready in just 45 minutes and contains just 148 calories per serving.
Vitamin C is considered one of the gold standards in anti-aging, so it’s no wonder vitamin C-packed powerhouse oranges make our list of five must-eat foods. Back in the day—way, way, way back—oranges were known as the fruits of the Gods and were even thought to be the “golden apples” Hercules himself stole! While we don’t condone stealing, we do recommend heading to your local market to pick up a few of these juicy fruits!
Vitamin C isn’t the only antioxidant housed in an orange slice, the citrus also has a high content of vitamin E. (Not to mention, these sweet fruits also taste and smell delicious!) Vitamins C and E are two top antioxidants in skin care, necessary for helping the skin look its best, but they aren’t the only nutrient hiding under that peel. Oranges also contain beta-carotene and pro-vitamin A! One of our favorite ways to reap the benefits of oranges is by sipping on a glass of freshly-squeezed OJ. Try to squeeze your own juice at home instead of buying a pre-packaged beverage, since the vitamins are most potent just after squeezing. As well, always eat oranges raw instead of cooking them if you want the most bang for your buck. Since these fruits are thermosensitive, their vitamins and minerals are weakened by light and heat.
Enjoy oranges—beets and carrots!—by whipping up Jamie Oliver’s recipe for Beetroot, Carrot, and Orange Salad with a Toasted Sesame Sprinkle. The flavorful salad works well as both a starter and a side!
Go ahead and pay extra for that side of guac because avocados are great for you! Fun fact? On the biggest football night of the year, Americans chow down on over 50 million pounds of guacamole! Not only is this creamy dip delicious, it’s also packed with vitamin E thanks to its main ingredient: the avocado!
Avocados feature natural fatty acids which are essential if we want our best-looking skin possible. Fatty acids help the skin to appear youthful longer, which is why you’ll often find them in anti-aging skin care formulas. In addition to these must-eat nutrients, avocados also contain vitamin A! While it may be hard to steer away from snacking on these remarkable foods, try to save one or two to whip up a homemade avocado face mask!
Get your guac on with Jamie Oliver’s recipe for Classic Guacamole. This deliciously creamy recipe uses three ripe avocados and takes just 10 minutes to make!
Pack a baggie of almonds in your bag next time you go for a little road trip and you’ll have something in common with a former king! According to legend, King Tut took several handfuls of almonds to his grave in 1352 BC in order to nourish him on his journey to the afterlife. Smart guy as it turns out because almonds are packed with vitamin E—an essential nutrient for great-looking hair, skin, and nails!
Almonds are rich in antioxidants like vitamin E, biotin, as well as fiber, making them an ideal snack when we’re on the go. Next time you are food prepping, make a big batch of Jamie Oliver’s Jools’ Gorgeous Granola. This granola is chocked full of nuts, fruits, and seeds and makes an excellent mid-day snack!
When it comes to our diets there are bad fats and then there are good fats. Inhaling a bag of chips? Bad fats. Enjoying baked salmon for dinner? Good fats! One of the most well known good fats is omega-3 fatty acid. Omega-3 fatty acids are a necessary part of a well-rounded diet—especially one geared toward helping you achieve or maintain great-looking skin. One food that’s known to be packed with the good stuff is salmon. The fatty acids found in cuts of salmon—and other fish—help to preserve the barrier function of the skin, which can help with moisture retention! Interesting fact about this popular menu item? The Salmon Act of 1986 made it “illegal to handle salmon under suspicious circumstances.” While we’re not entirely sure what sort of suspicious circumstances one handles salmon in, we do know that chowing down on the pink fish once or twice a week is highly recommended.
Get your omega-3s care of Jamie Oliver’s recipe for Salmon and Pesto-Dressed Vegetables. This excellent weeknight dinner takes just 30 minutes and serves four!
Healthy-Looking Skin from the Inside, Out
Snacking on the above foods is great, but if you truly want healthy-looking skin you’ll want to also incorporate some of these vitamins and nutrients into your skin care routine! The following products from Vichy are each formulated with some of the great vitamins and minerals contained in our five must-eat foods!
Nutrilogie 2 Intense Cream for Very Dry Skin – If you have oily or combination skin that feels dehydrated—yes, that’s a thing!—reach for this ultra-intensive moisturizing cream. Using patented Sphingo-Lipid technology, the cream helps to compensate for a lack of hydration in the skin while subsequently helping to limit further moisture loss. The ultra-creamy, melting textured cream is enriched with essential fatty acids and vegetable oils which help to lock in hydration.
ProEven Daily Dark Spot Corrector – Visibly correct the look of dark spots and discoloration and brighten the appearance of the skin with this daily dark spot corrector. Formulated with resurfacing LHA, an exclusive Ceramide Bright technology, and antioxidant powerhouse vitamin C, this daily hydroquinone-free treatment is lightweight and features a serum-like texture so you won’t have to worry about a greasy-feeling residue.
Ideal Capital Soleil SPF 50 – No skin care routine is complete without broad-spectrum SPF and this ultra-light sunscreen fluid certainly takes the cake. Not only does it protect your skin from the harsh, skin-aging effects of UVA and UVB rays, it also is formulated with antioxidants white grape polyphenol and vitamin E. The fluid texture is virtually transparent, so there’s no excuse not to layer it on each morning!
LiftActiv Retinol HA Concentrate– A derivative of vitamin A, retinol is a key anti-aging. This concentrate is formulated with Vichy’s highest concentration of retinol as well as LR2412 to help visibly fill deep-looking wrinkles and plump the appearance of the skin. The lightweight serum absorbs quickly and leaves no sticky feel behind.