You’ve heard it for years as a child from your parents, doctors, teachers, and elders: Eat your veggies. Unsurprisingly, this advice is something you should really take to heart. And one vegetable we should all be consuming a lot more of is kale.
The good-for-you nutrients alone in the veggie should be grounds enough to consume. And as it turns out, there are a lot of health benefits as well, like better vision, reduced risk of heart disease, and so much more. And as the latest trend in skincare, kale can also promote healthy skin.
Ahead, I’ll share the benefits of the superfood, and how to add more of it into your daily routine.
Why is kale good?
An antioxidant rich in vitamins A, B, C, and K, this leafy green is great for hyperpigmentation and reducing the appearance of dark circles. They’re usually caused by the pooling of blood under the eyes or free radicals in UV lights, X-rays, and air pollution. The Vitamin C in kale will help diminish the discolored skin cells in existing dark spots.
Kale also helps keep the skin plump and bouncy, 2 of the biggest traits that lead to a radiant and youthful complexion. The leafy green can help new skin cell production and aid in the production of collagen, which helps maintain firmness.
How do you add kale into a daily routine?
Actually, it’s quite easy to add in the leafy green to your skincare routine. You can, of course, either eat the veggie or apply kale-infused skincare products topically. It’s easier for the nutrients to spread through the body when ingested as opposed to when applied topically.
If you consume them, you should eat at least 2 servings per day to support optimal skin health. Be warned though, too much kale can cause gas and bloating due to the high fiber content—making it difficult to digest.
Kale is also beneficial in skincare products. If you choose to apply kale via face scrubs or masks, you can do this a couple times a week to reap the benefits. And fortunately, the antioxidants and good-for-you nutrients work well with different types of products, so you can rest assured that your routine is safe.
Of course, when testing any new product, be sure to do a patch test before applying to your face to avoid potential irritation.