Blog: Skincare / Beauty foods
60% of your brain is made up of fats.
Your brain extends out to every organ, cell, and tissue of your body through the nervous system: the brain stem, spinal cord, and nerves.
Want to think clearly? You need fats.
Want a healthy, strong heart? You need fats.
Want to prevent disease? Fats, again.
The science doesn’t end there.
Have you ever met someone whose skin radiates? Who, from the moment you meet them, their skin exudes that “I’m healthy” vibe?
The secret, once again, is fats.
But it’s not just any fats (the fried, trans-unsaturated kind will fry your glow, too). We’re talking essential omega-3 fatty acids.
Omega-3s are “essential,” meaning you need them to live but your body cannot produce them on its own. Which means we must get them from food.
Rethinking fats: Not all fat is bad.
Omega-3 fatty acids are good for your brain, your nervous system, your heart, and your skin (which, by the way, is the largest organ in your body).
Omega-3’s Beauty Secret
Over time, the outer layer of our skin (the epidermis) begins to lose its shape + function: the protective membranes become thin and less able to monitor which nutrients stay in the body, which wastes leave, and how much moisture to hold. The result? Undernourished skin that easily loses moisture, shrivels, and fails to repair itself (think: dry, dull, wrinkled skin).
The age-defying solution?
Omega-3 fatty acids strengthen + boost the cell membranes of the skin’s epidermis from the inside. This means nourished, hydrated, healthy skin—the glow factor.
At ASHLEY ASTI Skincare, we don’t believe we should fight aging: instead of chasing youth, we should celebrate the wisdom + lessons that come with age.
But that doesn’t mean that wisdom should come with a side of dull, dry skin. Skin is a mirror for your wellness: when your body’s toxic or stressed emotionally or chemically, your skin shows it. When you’re body’s balanced, your skin exudes health.
Health is the truest source of all beauty.
So, the next time your skin’s looking a little dull and dry, consider nourishing it from the outside + the inside with omega-3s.
Want double the nourishment?
Feed your skin from the inside with these top dietary sources of omega-3s:
Spirulina + other seaweeds
Leafy Greens (think: kale, spinach, collard greens, etc.)
Cauliflower + Broccoli
Grapefruits are 91% water, making them one of the most hydrating fruits on earth. And, with a healthy dose of electrolytes in them, grapefruits not only hydrate you, but help you stay hydrated.
Yes, grapefruits are a total beauty food.
Rich in both water and fiber, grapefruits are cleansers, encouraging healthy digestion and perking up a sluggish gut.
When our digestion slows because we’re not fueling it right (think: too many processed foods, “empty” calories, not enough water, vegetables, and whole grains to keep things moving), our bodies become storehouses for fermenting, undigested food particles—which means toxins. Toxins can wreak havoc not only on our digestion, but our skin, causing breakouts, redness, itchiness, and all sorts of inflammation.
And the breakouts on our skin are only symptoms of the underlying inflammation in our bodies. If we want to thrive, we’ve got to choose more fruit + vegetable powerhouses.
Grapefruits help sweep these toxins out of our system, leaving behind a gorgeous glow, healthy hair, and boosted immunity.
In fact, a single grapefruit has quite the nutritional resume, boasting more than 100% of our daily vitamin C needs. Vitamin C is a beautifier, helping to produce collagen for healthy skin and hair, as well as for connective tissues, bones, and wound healing.
A potent antioxidant, vitamin C also protects our bodies from free-radical damage caused by the sun and pollution, both in our food and our environment.
Ready to harness this wellness knowledge + take action?
Blend up this smoothie below and drink to your health!
Grapefruit Beauty Smoothie
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
1 cup (or more) tightly packed kale
3-4 ice cubes
1/2 - 1 cup water
Optional: 1/2 tsp fresh ginger, peeled and chopped