It’s no secret that the key to getting good skin takes work. Other than sleeping right, exercise and a good facial routine, we even have to think about what goes into our body. What better way than to learn from the experts who shared tips and secrets at mindbodygreen’s Supper Series.
The theme of their second Supper Series was hydration, so it was no surprise the dinner was expertly curated to improve the skin. The food served were packed with the following nutrients:
Collagen is an important building block for elasticity and thus helps reduce wrinkles and fine lines. It has also been known to brighten skin. Experts said consuming collagen orally is the most effective method. Collagen supplements are sold outside but you can get them straight from your usual meals. If you are more interested in the collagen supplements, you might want to have a look at something like pure path collagen supps, where there are a range of collagen products that are known to work wonders for the skin.
During the dinner, they were served chicken and beef. At the end of the evening, they drank almond milk collagen hot chocolate served with gelatin marshmallows- which are rich with collagen.
For us Asians, we already have our bone broth such as bak kut teh and our awesome herbal soups. There’s also tau foo faa, bird’s nest, white fungus and fish!
Don’t forget your greens too because they help boost collagen production.
The party had cilantro served in a vegan spicy pea guacamole. Cilantro or also known as coriander has skin-healing properties and can balance the hormone. Research showed cilantro helped reduce aging effects caused by sun damage in mice and boosted collagen levels.
Apparently, cilantro with flax are also major liver detoxifiers. This means it helps clear the skin!
“It is rich in vitamin K, excellent for the skin and hair, as well as lowers blood sugar levels, helps balance the hormones in the cycle, and reduce PMS symptoms, all of which will work synergistically to help clear the skin,” says Alissa Vitti, author of Woman Code.
Mbg food editor, Liz Moody, incorporates cilantro in her smoothie for bad-skin days. She recommends adding cilantro to soups and salads.
Cucumber contains 95 percent water. The Supper Series had a unique serving involving cucumbers: vegan cantaloupe and cucumber skewer dusted with Korean chilli flakes and nondairy yogurt drizzle. At the water stations, they had cucumber and mint infused water.
We can eat our cucumbers with chicken rice and satay!
Natural-beauty expert and herbalist Jessa Blades said we should eat more good fats. Consuming good fats helps with hydration. According to mbg’s experts, avocado oil is good for dry skin and may have more youth-boosting properties than olive oil. There’s research to support it as well.
Avocado oil help to soothe and calm inflamed skin and decrease damage associated with UV exposure. It also improves skin elasticity, leading to fewer wrinkles.
The oil has a buttery taste so it can substitute butter when it comes to cooking. It can also be used to marinate chicken or for stir fry dishes.
Asians did it again. Matcha is also big in the wellness world because it is an antioxidant powerhouse. Experts recommend adding matcha to your smoothies to cut out the grassy taste. Another way to consume it is to drink it as tea.
Butternut squash contains potassium which helps reduce inflammatory responses. It can be baked and eaten on its own.
8. Wild-caught salmon
Salmon is an excellent source of healthy polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acids. Nutritionists recommend increasing fatty-acid intake because it helps to boost the skin’s natural oil barrier.
If you don’t fancy salmon, you can get Omega-3 from other fatty fish such as tuna and mackerel. Organic eggs and grass-fed meats contain the fatty acids as well.