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Beauty Foods to Make You Beautiful

Updated on March 3, 2013

Foods for Beauty

Beauty starts on the inside. We can continue to spend billions annually in the search for beauty products applied to the skin, but if we don't eat right - it's money tossed away. Eating healthy, and eating certain foods in particular, goes a long way towards making us more beautiful in that healthy, glowing way.

Women are beginning to realize that the key to good health - and good looks - comes from healthy eating. Eating locally grown whole foods, and staying away from processed foods makes all the difference.

But if we stay away from chemical laden processed foods, shouldn't we also stay away from chemical laden processed beauty products?

Below is a list of certain foods and how they can be beneficial - BUT - and here's a really big BUT - before I do that, I must preface this list with a belief about women and beauty:

I grew up with a mother who taught us that women are the best and most beautiful thing on earth because - well, because...we are women. And I had a father who agreed.

It made me see beauty in a woman who is smiling and laughing. That became my measurement of beauty, a truly happy woman - certainly not makeup.

Food is the source of our good health and well-being. Different foods are particularly beneficial for healthy reasons. The following is a list of certain foods for healthy beauty.

To Moisturize the Skin and Keep it Supple:

- as little as a handful of almonds or half an avocado eaten each day will provide hydration from vitamin E, healthy fats and skin softening moisture. The essential fatty acids in the oils keep the skin moisturized because the fatty acids are so similar to the oil in our skin.

To Keep the Skin Smooth:

- Snacking on vitamin C rich foods twice a day helps to build strong collagen. Collagen is necessary to help prevent wrinkles. These foods include grapefruit, kiwi, oranges, guava, and strawberries.

To Reduce Inflammation:

To calm and soothe skin conditions like psoriasis, acne, rosacea, and sensitive skin, anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids are beneficial. The best sources are walnuts and flaxseed, as well as salmon, trout and mackerel.

To Keep the Skin Clear:

Exfoliating the skin can help keep it clear. Eating foods daily that are rich in beta-carotene are beneficial. These include carrots, squash and sweet potatoes. These foods are considered edible exfoliants.

To Strengthen Nails:

To stay healthy, nails need nutrients from amino-acids. Amino-acids are the building blocks of healthy nails. Protein can be provided by beans and low-fat yogurt (read the label on yogurt containers to get the real thing).

My all around favorite healthy skin emollient is pure shea butter - see the link below for the amazing benefits of pure shea butter.

Be sure your personal care products are free of toxins - see the links below for suggestions.

Avocado the Beauty Food

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    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR

      BkCreative 

      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      You're so brilliant Ten Blogger - I love your hubs! Thanks for commenting and always sharing so much!

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      Ten Blogger 

      8 years ago

      Very useful info and very true.. I plan to drink more water and eat more oranges for "Collagen" :) .. Thanks again.

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR

      BkCreative 

      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      All so true - so lovely - so available! You're welcome J Burgraff!

    • J Burgraff profile image

      J Burgraff 

      8 years ago

      Thank you for the reminder that beauty comes from within, both from food and from our deeper selves. And let's not forget, water, water, water, and sleep, sleep...

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR

      BkCreative 

      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Nice to meet you Coolmon2009 - and thanks for commenting!

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      Coolmon2009 

      8 years ago from Texas, USA

      Nice hub good information

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR

      BkCreative 

      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      You're welcome amandagan87! Thanks for commenting!

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      amandagab87 

      8 years ago from Florida

      very nice hub thanks! ^_^

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR

      BkCreative 

      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      You're very welcome - thanks for commenting. Nice to meet you - I must come visit!

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      Gemynii 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Very nice hub! Thanks for sharing!

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR

      BkCreative 

      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thank you trisno sumasang! With the money we spend on useless beauty products we can invest in quality food or gold - and have something to show for our money.

      Thanks for writing!

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      trisno sumasang 

      8 years ago

      i like this :

      Beauty starts on the inside. We can continue to spend billions annually in the search for beauty products applied to the skin, but if we don't eat right - it's money tossed away

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR

      BkCreative 

      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thank you prettydarkhorse - so glad you found the tips helpful. Good day to you too!

      Josephine, I am so glad you love the shea butter!And I was a grown woman before I began to enjoy avocado - although guacamole has always been good! Glad you liked the article!

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      josephine 

      8 years ago

      I love almonds, but not avocado, to me this is a acquired taste, which I have yet to master, but I am a great believer in ' shea butter' for the skin, I have been using it for awhile, thanks to you.

      Good article......

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      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      now I will include these things in my list too when I go to buy foods, good day to you BK and thanks for beauty help, Maita

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR

      BkCreative 

      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thank you so much for your compliment Patti Ann!

      You know I am even surprising myself - as I do research, and then live by it, I feel better, my weight is stable, my skin looks better. Can it be so easy? Just eating good fresh whole foods? Food? Wow!

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      Patti Ann 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Excellent information - I now know what to put on my shopping list for tomorrow. I agree that what we eat is more important than what we put on our skin. As always, you provide such useful tips.

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR

      BkCreative 

      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Avocados in the garden - wow GPAGE - can't beat that! So glad you found the hub informative!

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      GPAGE 

      8 years ago from California

      Excellent info! Thank you for these informative hubs! I have been eating more almonds lately and love my avocados in my garden....Best, G

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR

      BkCreative 

      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thanks for commenting Leop. I'm glad you found the information useful.

      I'm glad to share Philipo. Thanks for commenting!

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      Philipo 

      8 years ago from Nigeria

      Very educative. Thanks for sharing.

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      Leop 

      8 years ago

      Thank you very much. This is excellent information you wrote here. Lots of which i did not even know. I am glad you decided to write about it.

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR

      BkCreative 

      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thanks for sharing healthgoji! There is much to learn but it can be done, safely, effectively and and inexpensively. Beats buying a ton of products that are costly, toxic and do more harm than any possible good!

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      healthgoji 

      8 years ago

      Great stuff! Here's some more if you want to keep your skin looking young and sweet, then cut out the sweets. Sugar leads to advanced glycation end products, or AGEs, which destroy your collagen and elastin. Also B1 and B6 supplements are beneficial.

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR

      BkCreative 

      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      You're very welcome Hello, hello,!

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for these many good advices.

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR

      BkCreative 

      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      So true Veronica Allen - that was the mantra of the '60's - 'you are what you eat.' So true.

      Thank you for commenting prasetio30 - so many beautiful people in the world - and it is that healthy glow and that glowing smile.

      I think you may like pure shea butter kartika damon - it's the only skin product I use and a little goes so far - plus you only use it once in awhile. Really good stuff! A small $4.00 tub and it can last me most of the year.

      We need to know we are beautiful anuritasingh. Thanks for commenting!

    • anuritasingh profile image

      anuritasingh 

      8 years ago

      thanks for writing about beauty because ladies really needs... :)

    • kartika damon profile image

      kartika damon 

      8 years ago from Fairfield, Iowa

      Excellent reminder to eat my almonds and avocados! I will try the Shea butter! Kartika

    • prasetio30 profile image

      prasetio30 

      8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Beauty start from the inside. I like this words. you also have great tips to maintain healthy skin by using herbal remedies. thanks.

    • Veronica Allen profile image

      Veronica Allen 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      I know it may sound cliche' but we really are what we eat. I agree that it if your taking care of the outside, but not the inside, than you're not really making any headway. Thank you so much BkCreative for reminding us that we still have so many healthier alternatives to what the mass market is producing by way of beauty products.

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR

      BkCreative 

      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thank you so much for writing DeBorrah K. Ogans!

      I'm so glad you like this hub! I'm also glad to see so many of us making the effort to eat and live healthy!

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile image

      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      8 years ago

      BKCreative, Nice hub with healthy tips! True Beauty really does come from the inside out! Thank you for sharing as always great ideas! Blessings!

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