From collagen to cold laser, there’s always a new trend that claims to make us look younger. The results of most of these amazing new products are almost always too good to be true and the only thing that seems to stay consistent is taking care of your skin and your body and nourishing it with nutrient dense food.
So, if you are looking to give your skin some love and keep it healthy, here are some of the best foods for clear and glowing skin.
Turmeric has really exploded in popularity in the last few years because of its anti-inflammatory properties that support brain health, reduce chances of disease, and fights cancer cells. But there’s one more reason to sip turmeric tea or add it to your roasted veggies and that is because it can has been shown to have a revitalising effect on your skin. One study showed that turmeric can balance oily skin while another study showed that it can protect us from some of the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Also because turmeric is shown to reduce inflammation and protect out cells, some people believe that this also results in a more youthful appearance. When your body is functioning more efficiently you look healthier, which makes it a great food for your skin!
Eating salmon is a solid source of omega-3 fatty acids which is great for your heart, your brain, and your blood. The antioxidants in salmon protect our bodies from free radicals, which some doctors say has a positive and healthy effect on our skin. It’s also been shown to improve our skin’s defence against the sun (but using sunscreen is always advised).
Papaya is a great source of vitamin A and Papain which helps us remove dead cells and break down inactive proteins in our bodies. Some sites even recommend using papaya as a face mask to remove blemishes and pimples. Its high antioxidant content also helps repair our skin cells and
We’ve written before about the extensive health benefits of drinking green tea and eating the leaves, so it should come as no surprise that green tea has a positive effect on the health and look of your skin too. The presence of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients means that it can reduce the chances of skin cancer, skin tumours, and other skin conditions. And like some of the other foods on this list, green tea can help protect us from the sun’s powerful rays.
We’re constantly being told to eat more vegetables and now we have one more reason. Dark leafy greens like kale, spinach, arugula, or chard are rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. All of which are essential protect our cells against damage for a healthy body and mind, including your skin. The high fibre content of dark leafy greens means that they help flush out toxins from our bodies helping them stay healthy and our skin looking its best.
Oranges are filled with vitamin C which helps our body produce collagen and protects cells from being damaged, making it a great food for strengthening our blood vessels, helping protect against ultraviolet light, and giving our skin elasticity. It also helps keep our epidermis hydrated, minimises lines and alleviate dry skin. Plus, because vitamin C is water-soluble, it means that it doesn’t stay in our bodies for long so maintaining the benefits of oranges means that you’ll want to eat them regularly.
Like oranges, tomatoes are full of vitamin C and the carotenoid Lycopene. We already know how much our skin loves vitamin C but Lycopene is a powerful nutrient as well that reduces inflammation, fights certain types of cancer, keeps your eyes and brain healthy, and is recommended for lowering blood pressure. Lycopene also helps us ward off sun damage and reduce skin blemishes. You might have even seen tomato sunscreen and skin masks while shopping! The majority of a tomato’s lycopene is found in the skin so make sure you’re not eating blanched and peeled tomatoes.
Bell peppers are also full of vitamin C (especially the red ones). vitamin E and beta-carotene all of which keeps our skin healthy. Vitamin E is the most abundant lipophilic antioxidant in our skin, helping to repair tissue and protect our skin from the sun’s ultra-violet rays. Like collagen, vitamin E levels decrease in our bodies as we age so adding peppers in to your diet regularly is a great way to keep your skin healthy.
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