5 Beauty Foods!
“An avocado face mask may help slow skin’s aging process,” says nutritionist Lisa Drayer, RD. Research that found that applying avocado oil to skin can stimulate collagen and elastin production. Make an anti-aging moisturizing mask by pureeing a ripe avocado and mixing it with 1/4 cup sour cream, which has lactic acid to help exfoliate dead skin cells. Spread over your face and leave on for 10 minutes before rinsing with water.
All teas boast skin-boosting antioxidants, but green and white varieties are especially good because they have double the antioxidants of black tea as well as EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), a type of antioxidant that “protects skin from damage caused by exposure to sun and pollutants,” says Dr. Wu. Sip up — but cook with the brew too; it makes a great poaching liquid for chicken or fish.
Go nuts for this exfoliating body scrub recipe from Kym Douglas, the author of The Beauty Cookbook: Grind 1/4 cup almonds in a food processor until superfine, then mix in 2 tablespoons organic virgin coconut oil to make a paste. In the shower, rub the skin-softening mixture over rough areas, such as knees and elbows, and then rinse with water.
Spooning up yogurt can help keep your grin gorgeous. “It has calcium and phosphorus that can strengthen tooth enamel and protect your teeth from cavities,” says Drayer. What’s more, varieties such as Greek-style yogurt are high in protein, which is an essential nutrient for the production of collagen, a fibrous substance that keeps your skin youthful looking, according to Dr. Wu. Score more daily dairy by replacing regular sour cream with fat-free plain yogurt in recipes for salad dressings.
Coffee is a well-known pick-me-up, but a cup of joe can perk up skin too. “It has antioxidants to help protect skin from sun damage and help prevent the breakdown of collagen and elastin that leads to wrinkles and sagging,” according to Dr. Murad. Aim for no more than one 8-ounce cup a day, as coffee in large doses can dehydrate skin.