Breeze past the beauty counters at the department store and forget the items you may find on sale at the pharmacy. The true secret to staying beautiful is at your supermarket. By now, you know “you are what you eat,” but there are specific foods that keep you looking young and beautiful. Don’t just keep strawberries, kale and greek yogurt in your kitchen — they’re diet staples for naturally enhancing your beauty.

New For You has researched the following foods that are great for skin, hair and nails. Keep reading to see which you should regularly stock up on during your trip to the grocery store or local farmers market.

 

Strawberries

This delicious fruit doesn’t just taste amazing dipped in chocolate — it’s also an anti-aging wonder. Strawberries are loaded with vitamin C, which is a fine line and wrinkle fighter. They also pack powerful antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties and, if you make them a frequent fruit in your diet, you’ll notice your nails growing more.

Want a brighter smile? You may want to forget whitening strips or pens and opt for a bowl of strawberries daily instead. They naturally contain alpha hydroxy oil, which is gentle on tooth enamel yet strong enough to ward off plaque and keep your smile clean. They also contain malic acid, a natural teeth whitener.

 

Green Tea

This refreshing drink contains the flavonoids that keep on giving. Drinking green tea gives you superior skin benefits, like natural anti-aging and antioxidant boosts, that help delay signs of skin aging including sagginess, sun damage and age spots.  

Take it a step further by recycling your used green tea bags and add them back into your beauty treatment. You can use chilled bags to reduce puffy eyes and dark circles by placing them directly on your skin. Or, cut one open and add the contents to a DIY mask to help heal blemishes and scars, and improve the skin’s elasticity.

Even just brewing green tea and allowing it to cool, then applying it directly to your face and hair, is beneficial. The liquid can be used on your skin as a natural toner, or as a rinse to help stimulate hair growth.

 

Flax Seeds/Oil

Loaded with omega-3s and essential fatty acids, flax seeds/oil moisturize your skin and nourish your scalp. It’s a great addition to your smoothie, oatmeal or protein drink. If you use the oil variety, you can apply it directly to your hair and face. It strengthens hair and can minimize wrinkles.

 

Oysters

This brunch-y seafood is the also the highest source of zinc you can get from food!

Each 100 grams of raw, wild eastern oysters contains 605% of the recommended daily allowance of zinc. Zinc is a natural acne fighter and diminishes acne flare ups. So eat up the next time you get the chance! 

 

Kale

This trendy superfood is loaded with nutrients that benefit your skin, hair and nails. Kale is chock full of vitamins A, C and K plus lutein, iron and antioxidants.  

Vitamin K has been known to reduce dark circles under the eyes and tighten skin. Lutein promotes collagen production which is essential for supple, youthful-looking skin.

Kale also contains omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which aid both the hair and scalp to stay moisturized. Finally, kale’s A, C and E vitamins stimulate keratin production in the body, which promotes long, strong and well-hydrated nails.

 

Greek Yogurt

Eating yogurt is fantastic for our bodies thanks to the protein, calcium, vitamin D and probiotics it contains. Plus, its amino acids can reduce dark under-eye circles and even help repair skin. Thanks to lactic acid, applying yogurt to your face can dissolve dead skin cells, provide a gentle exfoliation that will help prevent breakouts, and leave your skin with a natural glow. Greek yogurt may also relieve sunburn and reduce discoloration.

 

Cinnamon

This spice works wonders for your body, both on the inside and out. Cinnamon naturally burns fat while giving a comforting, savory flavor to whatever you add it to. It also lowers blood sugar and cholesterol levels, and increases metabolism. Mixing cinnamon to an oil based ingredient like coconut oil, jojoba oil or Vaseline to create a paste can also be done to exfoliate skin, soothe cracked heels and even plump your lips.

 

Stay beautiful,

New For You Editors

 

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