Feed Your Skin: Avocados
Our Feed Your Skin series continues. In these posts, we discuss the importance of feeding your skin the correct and most beneficial nutrients and ingredients to keep it healthy and glowing, and today we are going to be focusing on avocados.
At Jasmina Vico Skin, we are always telling clients that avocados are a healthy skin’s best friend. Avocados are one of the best foods you can eat as they are packed with nutrients and heart-healthy compounds.
- Avocados contain poly- and monounsaturated fatty acids, which protect your skin. Monounsaturated fats keep the top layer of your skin moist so it’s soft and healthy looking. Polyunsaturated fatty acids guard skin from sun damage and protect against symptoms of skin sensitivity and inflammation.
- They are full of antioxidants! When you metabolize food or are exposed to pollutants, your body makes free radicals. Free radicals harm cells, including skin cells. Antioxidants found in avocados, such as carotenoids, vitamin E and vitamin C, help protect against the damage of free radicals.
- They’ll keep your skin plump and firm! One particular carotenoid, lutein, promotes the water content and elasticity of skin and decreases the destruction of beneficial skin lipids. Vitamin E protects you from ultraviolet light. Your body needs vitamin C to make collagen, which is the main structural component of skin and the source of its elasticity and firmness.
- Is your sky feeling dry? Avocados contain between 2 and 6 micrograms of biotin or between 6 and 16 percent of the Dietary Reference Intake. Biotin is part of the B complex vitamins. All the B vitamins are necessary for healthy skin. Without enough biotin, you may develop dry skin and a scaly, red rash.
- The fibre in avocados promotes natural detoxification - Adequate fiber promotes regular bowel movements, which are crucial for the daily excretion of toxins through the bile and stool. Recent studies have shown that dietary fiber may also play a role in regulating the immune system and inflammation.
Want to include avocados in your diet? Try this nutritious green smoothie recipe:
1 cup coconut water
1 green apple
3 handfuls spinach (kale works great, too)
4 to 6 ice cubes
Throw it all in a blender and enjoy!