10 Foods For Your Skin
There are a number of ways we can care for our skin, but we don’t often give much thought as to how the food we eat will affect how our skin looks. While diet is not the sole factor that determines the condition of our skin, there are definitely a number of changes you can make that will improve the appearance of wrinkles, sunspots, uneven tone, acne, and a number of other unpleasant skin problems. If you tend to pay less attention to your skin care routine than you should, add these foods to your diet and you’ll be good to go!
Across every list and study, dark chocolate was the only food that appeared on all of them. Not only does dark chocolate (at least 60% cocoa) have tons of benefits, including lowering bad cholesterol, lessening heart inflammation, and helping to manage stress, but also helps improve the condition of your skin. Dark chocolate contains a large amount of antioxidants, copper, zinc and iron, preventing wrinkles and preventing the breakdown of collagen.
Almonds are healthy and helpful for a number of reasons, but let’s focus on why they are so incredible for your skin. Almonds are packed with a number of beneficial elements: protein to improve cell growth, calcium to help cells absorb nutrients, antioxidants which protect against certain diseases, and omega-3 fatty acids that leave your skin looking radiant.
Not only is salmon magically delicious, it’s an extremely healthy addition to your diet. The most skin-beneficial element of salmon is the selenium it’s loaded with: a mineral that protects your skin from sun exposure. Salmon is also full of omega-3 fatty acids, helping to keep your skin supple and moisturized.
The magic of green tea spans across many aspects of skin care, but the two most prominent benefits of this miracle drink is psoriasis reduction and wrinkle prevention. Green tea is loaded with antioxidants, which slows down the production of excess skin cells. These all-powerful antioxidants also prevent free-radical damage, reducing the threat of wrinkles and general skin-aging.
The skin benefits of olive oil is myriad, improving your skin health both topically and when it’s consumed. Many people use olive oil as a cleanser, moisturizer and general skin protectant, thanks to the antioxidants it’s packed with, including polyhenols and phytosterols, which neutralize free-radical damage. When mixed with sea salts, olive oil can be used effectively as an exfoliator, leaving your skin soft, smooth and glowing. Incredible!
Berries are excellent for your overall health in general, but they are particularly fabulous for your skin. Packed with antioxidants that boost your skins vitality, plus fibre to stave off hunger.
Even if you hate eating them, biting the bullet once in a while and including some tomatoes in your diet will hugely benefit your skin. Full of Vitamin C, which increases collagen production and works to keep skin tight.
Good ol’ basic water is the easiest way to improve your skin from within. Water flushes out toxins, boosts the hydration levels of cells, plus helps alleviate stress (which can wreak plenty of havoc on your skin). Remember that you should never actually feel thirsty - drink water regularly throughout the day.
The benefits of tofu are really endless, but one of those benefits is definitely all the good it can do for your skin! Loaded with protein, calcium, antioxidants, iron and unsaturated fats, all of which improve the look and quality of your skin. Plus, it’s delicious!
All hail the super fruit! Avocado is essentially one of the best things you can eat. Vitamin E to boost skin’s luminosity, Vitamin C to improve collagen production and skin’s texture, plus avocados are known to keep skin moisturized. Is there anything avocado can’t do?
Your grocery list is now complete!
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