It’s not just what you put on your body that keeps it healthy. What you put in it matters, too. That’s right: you can actually snack your way to smoother skin. And, as a bonus, most of the foods on this list can boost your body in other ways as well. Here are six skin-smoothing snacks for you to add to your menu this week.
You might already know that fermented foods keep your digestive system chugging along with just the right balance of microflora—which is why yogurt can be such a boon when you’re bloated. What you might not know is that a healthy tummy means a healthier body overall, and that means happier, smoother skin.
Allicin, the chemical that gives garlic cloves their zing, can also put a spring in your step thanks to its antimicrobial and antibacterial qualities. It’s a great way to spice up your food while fighting blemish-causing bacteria.
3. Dark Leafy Greens
Kale chips aren’t just a way to cure your craving for something crunchy without blowing your carb allowance. They’re also rich in vitamin A, one of the essential skin-smoothing nutrients. That’s why it’s a main component in our VITAL C hydrating A C E serum! (But don’t snack on that—it’s for topical use only!)
Omega 3 fatty acids, found in fatty fish like salmon, do a lot of good things for your body, not the least of which is fighting skin-irritating inflammation. Pamper yourself with sushi a couple of times a week and you’ll be doing your skin and your taste buds a favor.
Not a big fish fan? That’s okay — there are other scrumptious ways to get your omega 3s, like walnuts! They’re a great snack on their own, or you can toss a handful in with your granola, stir fry, oatmeal or salad.
6. Pumpkin Seeds
These little guys are rich in zinc, which helps keep oil production under control. In fact, zinc supplements can even help some people overcome acne.
Speaking of supplements, science now suggests that drinking collagen can help improve collagen production in your skin—one of the most critical factors in determining whether or not your skin is soft, smooth and young-looking. So while our daily collagen supplement isn’t quite what you’d call a snack, YANA™ Daily Collagen Shots are a great-tasting way to keep your skin looking its best.