Your skin truly reflects the old saying, “You are what you eat.” If you eat a healthy diet, full of fruits, vegetables, grains, and proteins, with less red meats and processed foods, your skin will look healthy. Your body is finely turned to absorb your nutrition from GI tract and then deliver that energy to your skin and other vital organs. However, there are some foods that actually work better on your skin.
Food fix for crow’s feet: Sweet potato and yogurt mash
Sweet potatoes are a brilliant source of so many good things. They are super high in vitamin A, which boosts collagen. They are a surprising source of minerals such as copper, which helps the formation of new collagen to reduce wrinkles. They are rich in selenium, and diminish the wrinkles. Boil the sweet potato for 20-30 minutes; mash with a fork or potato masher; stir in a quarter cup of full-fat plain yogurt; cool until comfortable to touch. The yogurt will exfoliate, calm and moisturize. Together, the sweet potato and yogurt will smooth and moisturize the skin, and the crow’s feet will look better right away.
Food fix for flakey skin: Avocado and honey
Flakey skin can be the result of dry skin. Mash the fruit of an avocado with one tablespoon of honey. When it is a paste-like consistency, spread over the dry, flakey areas and cover with the cool washcloth pre-soaked with green tea. The avocado is lush with fatty oils that will seal the skin surface and begin the healing process. Honey will exfoliate away the dead skin, protect against bacterial infections, and reduce inflammation. Leave this on for 10-20 minutes and wipe off gently.
Food Fix for Puffy Eyes: Tofu
The quickest trick is to place extra firm tofu patches, cut a half-inch thick, under each eye for 10 minutes a day for two weeks. The soy in tofu has been shown to increase collagen. Also, soy contains flavonoids that have been shown to decrease sun damage. Combined, these will smooth and heal the skin. The sheer weight of the tofu patch will help press the swelling out of the area. Bonus: Follow this by doing 40 jumping jacks to rev up your circulation and drain the puffiness away!