Looking good and feeling great in your own skin are just few ways we should all practice self love. Our skin is the organ that provides us with an initial glimpse into our general health. Loving yourself as you are, is essential to feeling confident and eliminating that negative self-talk in your head.

Begin to find your true beauty starting from the inside out. Acne, hair loss and weak nails are just a few ways toxins manifest themselves in your body. Feeding your gut the proper healthy foods can help translate into better skin health. We absorb 80% of what we put on our skin and our skin is a reflection of our diet. Apply these foods into your regime to help find your new glow and confidence!

Lemon and Apple Cider Vinegar

Lemon is a great antibacterial and that also  helps get rid of excess water weight. It balances the sodioum and potassium levels in your cells therefore reducing puffiness in the face and keeping you selfie ready. Apple cider vinegar helps balance and restore gut bacteria. Combine some with filtered water at a 4:1 ratio and add your lemon slice for a powerhouse morning tonic!

 

Turmeric

You’ve probably heard of the insane anti inflammatory benefits of turmeric right? But did you know its agents are just as powerful when applied topically!? This is one of the most inexpensive products to add to your beauty regime. Together with raw honey( a great antibacterial ) and lemon, this makes a gently exfoliating, hydrating face mask. 

 

 

Avocado Toast

Yes! You heard correctly, aside from being insanely addicting having that slice of avocado toast can help improve your glow. Avocado is loaded with healthy monounsaturated  fats for efficient absorption. These healthy fats are particularly important to absorb all those nutrients from your fruits and veggies. Not only will they help put those nutrients to work, fats from avocado will help fortify the nails and bring extra shine to the hair.

  

Collagen Coffee

Collagen has been shown to increase skin hydration, improve elasticity and counteract aging. Oral supplements of collagen have been gaining increasing popularity and for a good reason. When combined with Vitamin C (plays a major role in collagen production), oral supplementation is absorbed through the blood stream allowing it to reach underlying layers of the dermis. Try a collagen creamer in your morning coffee for a frothy creamy cup of joe with wrinkle fighting benefits.

 

Matcha and Leafy Greens

Leafy greens such as kale are jammed packed with Vitamin A, the same vitamin A found in the commonly topically prescribed Retin-A  to help get rid of acne. Other greens like spinach are also great for providing the skin with leutin, omega 3, potassium, magnesium and vitamins B, C and E. Combined with the antioxidant power of matcha, these make a great smoothie combination that will help keep your skin smooth and supple. Try this clean matcha recipe from chef Candice Kumai glowing skin.

Clean Matcha Smoothie

1 ½ cups unsweetened almond  or coconut milk

2 cups organic baby  spinach

1 frozen banana

2 teaspoons matcha green tea powder

1 cup ice

Makes 2 servings!

 

In order to feel healthy and glowing we need to start from the inside. Before reaching for those serums and anti aging creams try incorporating these dietary tips. What you choose to nourish your body with is  as important as what you put on your skin.  Use these pocket friendly kitchen staples for a kickstart into a year of radiance, great skin, confidence and self love.