Our skin may be the largest organ in our bodies, but it’s also the last place to receive nutrients. So, if your skin is supple, and looks all dewy and glowing, it generally means that your insides are in pretty good shape. However it is common for your skin to go through phases where it may not look as good, due to dietary changes, hormonal changes and even environmental changes.
One of the things we know for sure is that, what you put in your body matters, so does what you put on your body. Beauty products promising to rehydrate your skin are often laden with toxic ingredients that you probably can't even pronounce. So before you reach for the bottles off the shelf promising rehydration, give these 7 super hydrating goods a go!
Seven Super Skin Hydrating Foods
Many of my juices during the cleanse contained cucumber, but I’m also making sure I eat them in my salads and on their own. Did you know that plain cucumber, eaten whole, makes for an awesome snack? Cucumber contains silica, an ingredient that boosts moisture and elasticity.
Another awesome addition to juices, celery is another hydrating food that contains skin-loving silica.
3. Chia seeds
Chia seeds are high in Omega-3 fatty acids, and foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids limit water loss in skin cells.
4. Aloe vera
Aloe vera is not only great when used topically, but it will also quench your skin’s thirst when used internally as well. Add a small amount of aloe vera to your smoothies. Too much and it will make them taste bitter.
This one’s kind of obvious, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t deserve a big, important mention. Up to 60% of the human body is made of water. For our body to function properly, we need to be sufficiently hydrated. It’s particularly important to have a big drink of purified water first thing in the morning to compensate for the overnight drought.
Another food that is high in Omega-3 fatty acids, avo is a true beauty food. Just ask nutritionist Kimberly Snyder and superfoods expert David Wolfe. They are big, big fans of the avocado and its beauty-giving properties.
All fruits and veggies are great for you and your skin, but melons are particularly hydrating due to their super high water content.
What Foods Do You Include In Your Diet To Hydrate Your Body? Tell Us In The Comments Below.
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