There are so many lovely lotions and potions available to purchase that promise silky hair, glowing skin and bright eyes, and while those products are great [I would know – I use a ton of them already], the most important thing you can do for yourself is eat well. There’s only so much a vitamin C serum can do if you’re eating cheeseburgers six times a week!
Now, don’t get me wrong – I’m all for treating yourself. I can put away a plate of fries like it’s nobody’s business, but I also like to consume a lot of foods that are high in vitamins and minerals, because I know they’ll make me look + feel good – more than a cheeseburger would, at least.
So which foods are the best for beautifying? It’s probably something you rarely think about, but there are certain pantry items you can stock up on that will give you glowing skin and silky hair – and more! Think stronger nails, a clear complexion, etc, etc.
Without further faffing about, I welcome you all to take a peek at some of the things I keep stocked inside my beauty pantry. You’re welcome to stay a while…
High in antioxidants, goji berries are one of the best pantry items you can stock for your skin health. Antioxidants help prevent signs of aging, and can reduce visible sun damage on the surface of the skin. They’re also super high in vitamin C which’ll tighten up your skin in no time at all and make everything appear healthier and brighter, while at the same time clearing up age spots.
Pitaya [Dragonfruit] Powder
This tropical fruit contains vitamins C, B1, B2 and B3, as well as a bunch of antioxidants, which means it’s great for improving blemishes and signs of aging. It’s also packed with omega-3 fatty acids and a good amount of protein – both of which are important for keeping skin bouncy and soft.
Another pantry item that’s great for keeping skin bouncy and soft is walnuts. We all know by now that nuts are high in healthy fats and protein, but walnuts in particular are full of iron, calcium, zinc and vitamin E – all of which are fab for improving the skins regeneration process and keeping things firm and supple.
Containing a healthy dose of flavonoids, dark chocolate is a fab ingredient to keep in your pantry at all times. Flavinoids are nutrients found in cocoa that are high in both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which means your skin will retain its collagen levels for longer, a.k.a. less wrinkles! Just make sure to choose a low-sugar, dairy free dark chocolate if possible.
By the way of brightening, blueberries are the way to go. Nobody likes a dull complexion, so snacking on a handful of these delicious berries is a surefire way to up your antioxidant intake, as well as vitamin A, E and C levels. Bonus if they’re covered in dark chocolate!
Super high in zinc, pumpkin seeds are an essential beauty pantry item. I already use a bunch of skincare items with zinc listed as one of the main ingredients, but I always make sure to include it in my diet as well. I found dark chocolate covered pumpkin seeds which have been life changing to say the least. Zinc helps to protect your cell membranes and promotes skin cell renewal.
Aside from being a really fun ingredient to add into smoothies, spirulina is well known for its anti-aging benefits. The vitamins that spirulina contains help the body defend itself from free radicals and environmental toxins, both of which can accelerate signs of aging and skin deterioration. Eeek!
You guys already know how much I love matcha [I drink it every day after all], and one of the reasons I’m so obsessed with it is because of the way it makes my skin glow! It’s a fab anti-inflammatory item as well, which is wonderful when it comes to dealing with hormonal breakouts [lol hi PCOS is that u?].
How do you feel about a beauty pantry? Is it something you think you might try? Let me know in the comments below!