Even Christie Brinkley gets Internet trolls. She admits that she regularly gets comments that she looks “old”, but still “pretty.” As disheartening as that would be for anyone, it doesn’t seem to slow her down. Two years ago, at the age of 63, she was chosen to be on the cover of Sports Illustrated Magazine once again!
Luckily for the rest of us, Christie likes to share her skincare secrets with her fans. Her true key to amazing skin? Christie is a vegetarian and credits “eating the rainbow” for her clear and vibrant skin. We all know that we need to eat fruits and vegetables, but her real secret is the skin-boosting combination of the nutrients from certain foods. Let’s go over different colors in the foods you eat and why they are so great for your skin.
To get in your antioxidants, look for purple foods. Purple foods contain lots of antioxidants that fight free radicals and keep you looking young. Free radicals break down collagen in your skin. Collagen is what keeps your skin looking plump and reduces wrinkles. You can get these antioxidants from purple cabbage, blackberries, prunes, and even wine!
To get more antioxidants and support blood flow, grab red foods. Red foods also contain antioxidants that keep your skin looking young, but they can also protect against diseases such as heart disease and stroke. Eat tomatoes, strawberries, cranberries, and cherries for all these benefits.
To brighten skin and get your vitamin A and C in, eat yellow foods. Many yellow foods contain vitamin C, vitamin A, and antioxidants that help your skin remain healthy. Vitamin C helps the skin replenish itself, while vitamin A can fight the signs of aging and keep the skin tight. Yellow foods are high in retinol, which is often that ingredient sought after in fancy skin creams. Try eating more pineapple, yellow peppers, bananas, and corn.
To protect your skin from sun damage, look for orange foods. Orange foods contain an antioxidant called beta carotene, which helps protect your skin from sun damage. Add pumpkin, papaya, oranges, peaches, and sweet potatoes into your diet.
To get even more vitamin C and A and add in fiber, eat green vegetables. Green vegetables also improve your skin because they are full of vitamin C, vitamin A, and fiber. Fiber can help improve digestion and your skin’s health. Eat lots of kale, spinach, arugula, and avocados.
Christie also recommends drinking lemon water and avoiding sugar to maintain clear, healthy skin. Try incorporating more of these foods in your daily life and see how quickly your skin improves!