What to eat for Glowing and Healthy skin
As beauty products get more high-tech, the top complexion cures still come from the most natural quarters: the aisles of your supermarket. “Increasingly, studies are finding links between certain nutrients and wrinkle reduction, radiance, and acne prevention,” says David Bank, MD, a dermatologist in Mount Kisco, New York.
Sometimes, when we’re staring at a cluster of blackheads on our nose or a lone pimple that’s raised enough to cast its own shadow, we wonder whether any acne-fighting tricks will actually work.
Sure, tropical treatments and DIY remedies may help, but the truth is, when it comes to skin, the age old adage rings true: we are what we eat. Some foods nourish our skin, hair and nails. Whereas, other foods we eat could be sabotaging our quest for blemish-free skin.
“Sardines, anchovies, salmon and trout are full of Omega-3 fatty acids, the good fats! Which are responsible for the health of our skin at a cellular level.
Avocados are another amazing source of fatty acids. They can help guard the skin against sun damage and can also reduce inflammation.
Vitamin C is essential for collagen formation which helps to repair and replenish skin cells. Red capsicum is a great source of Vitamin C.
Berries are naturally high in anti-oxidants. Anti-oxidants have anti-ageing properties, and can also reduce inflammation, accelerate skin cell regeneration and improve cell health overall.
Pumpkin seeds are packed with zinc which protects skin from free-radical damage, sun exposure and infection. Zinc also assists in cell renewal helping to heal and rejuvenate cuts and wounds and give your skin a natural glow!
Brighten Up with Sunflower Seeds
Loaded with vitamin E, sunflower seeds keep your skin supple by protecting its top layers from the sun. Eat a handful daily. A high essential-fatty-acid content makes sunflower seed oil a treat for parched body parts, such as lips and heels, when topically applied.
Get Glowing with Chocolate
Cocoa hydrates your skin, making it firmer and more supple, Dr. Bank says. “And dark chocolate contains high levels of flavonols, a potent type of antioxidant,” adds Nicholas Perricone, MD, a dermatologist in New York City. For maximum flavonol content, eat chocolate that’s at least 70 percent cacao. A couple of squares a day should be enough to improve luminosity. When applied topically, the caffeine in chocolate may temporarily reduce skin puffiness. Try cocoa-rich 100%
Protect with Pomegranates
They’re packed with polyphenol antioxidants. Polyphenols fight free radicals and regulate skin’s blood flow, giving it rosiness. One pomegranate or a few glasses of juice daily should do the trick. When applied to skin, the fruits’ antioxidants help smooth lines and moisturize.
Even Out Your Skin Tone with Soy
Drink a latte with soy milk or eat edamame and you may get a clearer complexion. Soy contains minerals and proteins that have been shown to reduce hyperpigmentation. One cup a day should yield results.
Calm Redness with Green Tea
“It’s very high in antioxidants, particularly one named EGCG, which is proved to reduce redness,” says Jeffrey Morrison, MD, nutrition consultant for Equinox Sports Clubs in New York City. Studies have also demonstrated that green tea helps fight inflammation. Sip at least one cup of green tea a day, and fight redness.
Stay away from….
Refined sugars: These are the worst culprits of breakouts!
Caffeine: Caffeine can contribute to increased stress levels and can have an impact on hormone balance which can cause skin imperfections and breakouts.
Alcohol: Alcohol can add an extra strain to the liver. This can then show up on your skin.