Healing the Skin with Beauty Foods

 

Got a scratch, burn, blemish, cut, or scrape?  The initial pain of broken skin gives way to the beautiful process of healing. The body’s natural ability to heal on its own is magical, but there are ways to support it— even speed it up— with the right beauty nutrients. Whether you want to quicken the healing of a skinned knee or support your recovery from major surgery, tweaking what you eat can help the process along.  Below, a few of my favorite beauty nutrients to support skin healing from the inside out, along with the foods that provide them in rich doses. Next time you need a dose of healing, or just want to fill up on skin-strengthening fuel, fill your meal with these beauty nutrients:

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Beauty Is Wellness Cheat Sheet: Sensitive, Reactive Skin

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What's a Beauty Is Wellness Cheat Sheet? It's your in-depth guide to a common beauty concern— from weight gain to skin redness, acne and thinning hair— and your plan to remedy it from the inside out. Like everything at Beauty Is Wellness, beauty foods are the foundation, and healthy habits and products support you on your path to gorgeous.

The Beauty Issue:

Sensitive, reactive skin

What You See:

Persistent redness, itching, flushing, burning; skin reactions to products, foods, the environment, or emotions.

52 percent of us describe our skin as 'sensitive'— it's a fast-growing beauty concern!

Potential Causes:

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A Thanksgiving Beauty Feast, with Sweet Potato Pecan Risotto

When you sit down to Thanksgiving dinner, eating for beauty probably isn't the first thing on your mind. Securing yourself a second helping of stuffing is far more important. But if you approach your holiday meal with a little know-how about the fall foods that are best for your beauty and body, you'll come away with a satisfied belly AND a beauty nutrition boost. Why miss an opportunity to look and feel your best?

A holiday celebration can be a minefield of skin-sabotaging foods, but you'll probably also find plenty of beautifying seasonal foods to fill up on, like:

  • root vegetables (think beets, potatoes, carrots)
  • squashes and pumpkin
  • kale
  • onions and garlic
  • sweet potatoes
  • cranberries (but beware, the sauce can be a sugar bomb!)
  • nuts

This Thanksgiving, you might want to stack the deck in your skin's favor by throwing together this Sweet Potato Pecan Risotto (I promise, it's easy!), a powerhouse meal for youthful, clear skin. This risotto also makes a special vegetarian main dish (for those veggies who get tired of eating just the sides).

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Leftover Squash? Try This Vit A-Packed Fall Spice Smoothie

Last night I roasted squash to serve as a quick side dish with soup. I halved the squash, set aside the seeds, and let it roast (cut side down in a tiny bit of water) for 40 minutes as I practiced yoga in the living room. When I was finished, it was too.

Not only is cooked squash (pick your fave: butternut, acorn, kabocha, delicata, hubbard) incredibly warming and grounding to our bodies in the fall, squash is super high in beta carotene, which converts to vitamin A, an essential beauty vitamin for healthy cell growth and damage repair, contributing to soft, clear, youthful-looking skin. Vitamin A is also important for strong vision! Getting enough A is easy with fall squash— one cup of cooked butternut squash has 457% of your daily vitamin A needs, for example.

That might be the end of the squash story— except for the leftovers...

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DIY Pumpkin Cream Pie Facial, from a Natural Beauty Pro

I've already gushed about the beauty benefits of eating fall squash (Fall Spice Smoothie, anyone?), since our favorite squashes have vitamin A to spare (wonderful for maintaining healthy cell growth and renewal). But if you've got a little extra pumpkin in your fridge (2 Tbsp is all it takes), you might want to whip up this DIY Pumpkin Cream Pie Facial, from Cecilia Wong, NYC esthetician and founder of the beautiful Cecilia Wong Skin Care line.

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Seasonal Beauty Supper: Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto

Base tonight's supper around one pumpkin, squash or sweet potato and you'll get a hefty dose of beta carotene (which is converted to vitamin A, a major vitamin for healthy skin), vitamin C and fiber, all fantastic for radiant skin and tissue repair. Get my favorite new recipe, Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto, a true seasonal beauty supper!

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6 Labor Day Musts for Beauty & Wellness

Even though it's tempting, resist making Labor Day one of those weekends that leaves you exhausted and drained. Make a real effort to start fall looking and feeling your best- focused, energetic and fulfilled. To get there, include these six tips in your last weekend of summer...

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