When it comes to skincare, the saying “you are what you eat” has some truth to it. Whether you’re a skincare junkie or more low-key with your routine, your diet is always going to play a role in the state of your complexion. So, if you’ve been noticing more breakouts or dark circles, it’s time to press the reset button with some nutrient-rich summer foods. We recently sat down with holistic nutritionist Danielle Pashko, who gave us the scoop on the natural goodies that deliver the best glow, ever.
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Gut health is having a major moment since it has been linked to "acne and overall inflammation," says Danielle. "Fermented dairy products like kefir and Greek yogurt are an easy way to balance the bacteria in the gut because they are rich with probiotics." Eat them regularly to stave off sweat breakouts all summer long.
Bring on the extra sides of guac this summer—avocados are naturally "rich in healthy fats, vitamins C and E and contain carotenoids that help reduce inflammation and improve the overall tone and function of the skin,” explains Danielle.
Cucumbers are incredibly hydrating due to their high water content and because they contain soluble fibers that help with the elimination of toxins. So, you can say goodbye to your morning puffiness. "If you feel bloated, opt for a cucumber salad, cucumber juice or even cucumber-infused water to help combat that swollen look and feel. Cucumbers also contain vitamin C, which further helps to give the skin that coveted well-rested look,” states Danielle.
To eliminate those dreaded dark rings, "add some dandelion greens into your next meal, as they are rich in vitamin K, which is a known powerhouse ingredient to improve blood circulation," Danielle says.
"Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric that reverses the dulling that environmental damages cause," explains Danielle. It also calms inflammation, tightens the skin's elasticity and can be sprinkled into everything from smoothies to seasoning spices for your next BBQ.
"Aloe vera not only provides instant relief to burnt skin topically but also can be ingested to soothe redness, calm inflammation and provide long-lasting moisture," shares Danielle. Opt for aloe vera juice without sugar to reap the full anti-inflammatory benefits.
"Zucchini is an instant detox for your skin as it is high in fiber, contains lots of vitamin C, which helps repair collagen and folic acid, which helps reduce oxidative stress and free radicals," explains Danielle. Choose zoodles for a great pasta alternative or as an addition to your next salad to promote firmer, smoother skin.