With all the wellness tips out there, it can get pretty overwhelming. What am I supposed to eat? Where do I even get that? Yeah, we’ve all been there. Eating healthy shouldn’t be confusing nor should it be a struggle. When it comes down to it, we should eat what makes our bodies feel and look it’s best. That’s where antioxidants come in.
To put it simply, antioxidants are your body’s best defender. These naturally occurring compounds fight free radicals, assist in healing skin, and boost your immune system (to name a few benefits).
When a healthy, antioxidant-rich diet is combined with a similar skincare routine, it makes a difference.
Here’s what you need to know:
Skincare has always been extremely important to me. But it hasn’t always been an easy road. I’ve dealt with acne, melasma, the whole thing! When I first started modeling, I was breaking out pretty badly. It could have been something to do with the stress of traveling or the constant wear of makeup. It also probably didn’t help that my idea of a skincare routine was finding the harshest cleansers around to clear up my face. It didn’t end so pretty! Instead of banishing my breakouts, it made them worse.
Conclusion? Skincare should be just like our diet: simple, easy, and full of nutrient-rich antioxidants. When I partnered with Garnier Skin Active, I knew how important it was to educate women on how a healthy skincare routine can make a huge difference.
When applied to the skin, antioxidants have major beauty and skincare benefits depending on their unique properties. Here’s a quick guide to some of the most common antioxidants (+ my product recommendations from Garnier SkinActive!):
Vitamin C: Can have brightening and skin restoring properties. Reduces the appearance of brown spots and sun damage, increases the effectiveness of your sun screen.
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Vitamin E: Moisture protecting and restoring properties
Garnier SkinActive Clearly Brighter Dark Spot Overnight Peel ($16.99)
Vitamin A: Helps in the fight against anti-aging. Can interrupt the free-radical damage process that causes wrinkling and other signs of aging.
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You know how they say “you are what you eat?” Well, add a bunch of delicious antioxidants into your diet and reap the benefits. Not only do they fight free radicals but can also promote heart health, boost the immune system, and reduce inflammation.
The easiest way to ensure you’re getting enough antioxidant rich foods is to have as much color in your diet as possible. Or as I like to call it, “eating the rainbow.” The more variety and color, the more vitamins, minerals, and essential nutrients you’ll get.
8 antioxidant-rich foods to add to your diet + their unique benefits:
Here’s a yummy antioxidant-rich recipe by one of my favorite superfood chefs, Julie Morris:
photo credit: Oliver Barth | Food Photography LA
In a medium bowl, whisk together the lime juice, acai, olive oil, agave, sea salt and cayenne. Add all the remaining ingredients, and toss until combined. Chill 30 minutes before serving