10 Best Foods For Healthy Skin
We know that there is no quick fix to great skin. In addition to using products that are rich in active ingredients, it is important to eat your way to beautiful skin. Your diet affects your skin at the cellular level and any unhealthy choices can cause premature aging or other skin issues. A healthy diet is important for your overall health and protects you from many diseases. Not just that, including plenty of fruits and vegetables is a sure shot way of keeping skin healthy.
However, a healthy diet does not have to be boring! And if you are still wondering how is it possible, then you will change your mind after reading about these foods that are great for the skin. Interested? Read more about these foods that you must include in your daily diet.
I will start this list with something we all love-Chocolate. Dark Chocolate protects the skin from damage and has anti-aging properties. Since dark chocolate is rich in vitamins and minerals, it is a superfood that nourishes the skin from within. In fact, you will be surprised to know that dark chocolate is loaded with antioxidants that are beneficial for the skin. However, it is important to eat chocolate with at least 70% cacao for maximum skin benefits. I will also recommend that you don’t overdo it, its better to eat chocolate in moderation. Besides including it in your diet, you can use chocolate in DIY beauty treatments for better skin. A simple way of pampering your skin with this luxurious treatment is a DIY Chocolate Face Mask. This face mask is incredibly nourishing and leaves the skin deeply hydrated. You can also whip up a DIY Chocolate Scrub to treat your skin with the goodness of chocolate.
A commonly available food in your refrigerator, Greek Yogurt is rich in B Vitamins that are excellent for skin health. It is richer in proteins than your normal yogurt and helps in repairing skin tissues by nourishing the cells. Greek Yogurt is known to be an effective anti-aging agent that can help in getting rid of fine lines and wrinkles. All you need is a serving of plain, unsweetened yogurt every day for younger-looking skin. Besides consuming yogurt, you can use it in your DIY recipes for healthier, younger skin.
Most of you must have heard about Omega 3 fatty acids and their benefits for the skin. Walnuts are rich in these fatty acids and help in keeping the skin young and firm. Omega 3 fatty acids are known to decrease inflammation and prevent many skin problems like dermatitis and acne. Do you need more reason for snacking on walnuts? They have copper which boosts collagen production!
If you reach out for wafers or other unhealthy snacks when you are hungry, try substituting them with walnuts next time!
Green tea is a common ingredient in skincare products and has earned worldwide fame for its beauty benefits. It is loaded with antioxidants and consuming this refreshing drink every day can give you clear, beautiful skin. Polyphenols in green tea make it excellent for soothing inflammations and redness. Not only that, green tea is also considered great for keeping the skin free of blemishes. It can be used as a toner for oily skin and helps in keeping acne at bay You can use it to make several DIY skincare recipes like a body scrub, the recipe of which I had shared a few weeks back. Another interesting way of using green tea in skin care routine is to use its ice cubes to soothe the skin.
How would you feel if your skin turns bright with a natural glow? An easy way to get gorgeous skin is abundant consumption of tomatoes. Tomatoes contain Lycopene, a carotenoid which gives them their signature red color. While Lycopene is present in other foods too, its content is highest in tomatoes. It is a strong antioxidant which protects the skin against sun damage. This helps in preventing fine lines and other signs of premature aging. Are you wondering what is the best way to get lycopene through food? Eat cooked tomatoes as cooking them increases the absorption of lycopene in the body.
I am sure you consume a lot of carrots and if you don’t, then you must start today. Carrots have beta-carotene which is converted into Vitamin A in our bodies. We all know the importance of Vitamin A in skincare which is why it is used in various forms in our beauty products. Since carrots are a rich source of Vitamin C too, their regular consumption keeps the skin young and free of wrinkles. Carrots are also known to keep skin healthy and giving it a natural glow. I love my carrots with a healthy dip, how do you like to eat them?
What can be a more delicious way of improving your skin than eating deep colored, bright and beautiful berries? Berries are known for their incredible beauty benefits, these nutrient-rich superfoods are packed with potent antioxidants. And it is no wonder that berries are being used in many skincare products these days. Berries taste delicious with yogurt, oatmeal or you can simply snack on them when you feel hungry. Anthocyanin and Vitamin C along with other antioxidants found in berries help in keeping the skin healthy. Berries repair the skin by fighting free radical damage and prevent premature aging.
Almonds are a powerhouse of nutrients, they are rich in Proteins, Biotin, Omega-3 fatty acids, Omega-4 fatty acids and Vitamin E. Including them in your diet and skincare routine can have multiple beauty benefits. Vitamin E in almonds is known for keeping the skin firm while biotin assists in keeping it supple. Almonds are great for calming your hunger pangs and are a better substitute for calorie-laden foods.
Carotenoids found in bell peppers help in preventing wrinkles and sun damage. They are also rich in Vitamin C which is one of the most commonly known antioxidants. The best part about bell peppers is that they can be consumed in several ways- you can have them raw or as include them in various recipes.
One of my favorite foods, Avocado is a wonderful fruit which is not just delicious but highly nutritious too. It is rich in multiple vitamins, antioxidants and fatty acids that are good for the skin. Monosaturated fatty acids in avocado are essential for keeping the skin hydrated and nourished. Carotenoids in avocado are helpful in improving the overall appearance of the skin. Topical application of avocado also makes the skin supple and soft. You can use it as a part of your DIY face masks for beautiful skin.
Although it may sound cliche, ‘You are what you eat’ makes so much sense. All your expensive creams will not deliver results if you do not focus on a healthy diet. Including foods that are rich in nutrients is the simplest step towards gorgeous looking skin. It is equally important to cut down foods that are bad for the skin. If your diet is high in sugar, cola and junk food then you must seriously consider changing your preferences. Eating in moderation is the key to good health and great skin. So, enjoy your food and make healthy choices.
Do you include these foods in your diet? Have you ever noticed that your food choices affect your skin? Please share your experiences in the comments section below! I would love to hear from you!!!
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