Eat Your Way To Beautiful Skin
Achieving glowing skin takes more than just a good skincare regimen. Food gets digested by the body into nutrients which are used for building, repairing and rejuvenating the skin.
A diet of processed, unhealthy food deprives your skin of necessary vitamins essential for that elusive glow. Since the secret to good skin lies within, here are 10 foods you can add to your diet so you can start eating your way to a clearer complexion.
Chock full of Omega 9 fatty acids and rich in Vitamin E, avocados hold the golden key to your skin’s health. They help promote cell turnover while keeping redness and irritation at bay for a boost of luminosity and vitality.
Did you know eggs have anti-aging benefits? Eggs contain Vitamin A, a common ingredient in anti-aging products. Antioxidants and proteins present in eggs also help to repair damage caused by free radicals, and boost collagen production for firmer, younger skin.
Cucumbers have the reputation of being one of the most hydrating foods out there for a good reason. With a water content of 95%, cucumbers keep skin hydrated and glowing. Rich in vitamins and minerals, cucumbers also have a rejuvenating and refreshing effect on the skin.
High in Lycopene, the antioxidant which stimulates skin circulation, tomatoes are great at reducing sun damage which can cause wrinkles, acne, dark spots and skin cancer. For best results, cook the tomatoes first as Lycopene is better absorbed by the body after heat processing.
5. Oily fish
Oily fish such as tuna and salmon are rich in Omega 3s which have to be obtained through the diet as they cannot be produced by the body. These omegas help reduce inflammation and speeds up the body’s natural healing process, keeping skin supple and moisturised.
Berries are a great source of antioxidants that protect your skin from free radicals. Due to their high water content, berries not only keep your skin hydrated but help to transport nutrients such as Vitamin C (which helps reboot the collagen supply) throughout the body.
Spinach has exceptionally high nutritional value containing Vitamins B, C and E, potassium, iron, magnesium, calcium and omega-3 fatty acids. The high antioxidant content helps slow signs of aging such as wrinkles and fine lines.
In general, nuts are full of good fats but almonds in particular are known for high levels of Vitamin E and protein a.k.a the building blocks of the skin. This protects against cell damage and encourages regeneration, keeping skin taut and preventing signs of aging.
9. Sweet Potato
Sweet potatoes contain beta-carotene which the body converts to Vitamin A when digested. This helps improve circulation of oxygen to the skin. Also, sweet potatoes are loaded with wrinkle-smoothing Vitamin C which is essential for collagen production.
If you’re wondering why kale is considered a superfood, just look at what it contains: Vitamins A, B complex, C, E, K, manganese, calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, protein, folate, and phosphorus. This combination of nutrients improves hydration and encourages cell renewal, helping clear blemished skin and reducing dark eye circles.
A balanced diet rich in vitamins and nutrients combined with sufficient hydration, sleep and a good skincare regime can do wonders for your skin. If you are not getting adequate nutrients from your diet alone, consider additional supplements to keep your skin and health in optimal condition.
Now that you are aware of what you should be adding to your diet, find out more about what you should avoid here.
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