Bad lifestyle habits like smoking and alcohol drinking, can certainly influence your skin appearance and leave your skin prone to irritating conditions. However, that does not mean that the quest for a glowing complexion is a lost cause. While we have numerous skin care lotions and creams out there that offer a topical fix, allow me to tell you that gorgeous, hydrated skin starts from within and is heavily reliant on what is on your plate. For healthier, younger, glowing skin, try adding the following foods to your diet.
Avocado is a unique type of fruit because it is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids, which have been proven to hydrate and shield the skin by lowering the risk of premature ageing caused by ultraviolet radiation. Avocados' potent source of fats also helps you absorb many of the fat-soluble vitamins that also help protect your skin from sun damage.
Nothing goes to waste when you are using coconut for your skincare. You can drink the natural water that is full of muscle-relaxing potassium and electrolytes to replenish and rehydrate your skin, making it softer and younger looking. And when you move onto the coconut meat and extract its oils, you can utilize it to heal your gut. That’s because coconut oil contains a potent antimicrobial, caprylic acid, which can help improve gut health by destroying bad bacteria and candida (a fungus that can break down your intestinal walls and decrease stomach acid).
It is commercially cultivated for vegetable oil but it has more health benefits than the traditional vegetable oils extracted from the seeds. The omega-6s found in safflower oil can be the ultimate moisturizer for people who suffer from the dry, flaky, or itchy skin. They keep cell walls supple, allowing water to better penetrate the epidermis. Scientists have found that this oil may even help people who suffer from severe conditions such as eczema.
Papaya is an orange coloured juicy fruit, which is not only fragrant and delicious but also very healthy. It includes a natural source of vitamins and minerals that are essential for the normal functioning of the body. One enzyme, chymopapain, has been used to relieve inflammation—a common source of skin conditions. And another enzyme, papain, can help remove blemishes and even treat acne when applied topically as the enzyme dissolves pore-clogging fats and cleanses the skin.
Carrots are one of the most widely used and enjoyed vegetables in the world, partly because they grow relatively easily and are very versatile in a number of dishes and cultural cuisines. Think of carrots as your very own wonder wands it is good for the eyes and good for clearing up breakouts. It contains plenty of beta-carotene and vitamin A, an antioxidant which prevents overproduction of cells in the skin's outer layer. That means fewer flaky dead cells that otherwise could combine with sebum to clog your pores. Plus, vitamin A plays an essential role in reducing the development of skin-cancer cells.
Green tea is more than just green liquid. Many of the bioactive compounds in the tea leaves to make it into the final drink, which contains large amounts of important nutrients. It is loaded with polyphenols like flavonoids and catechins, which function as powerful antioxidants. These substances can reduce the formation of free radicals in the body, protecting cells and molecules from damage. These free radicals are known to play a role in ageing and all sorts of diseases. Research found that drinking 2 cups a day not only helps prevent skin cancer but might also reverse the effects of sun damage by neutralizing the changes that appear in sun-exposed skin. Just be careful to not overdo it because too much caffeine can lead to dehydration, which may have the opposite effects on skin health.
Ensure you eat healthy this season because everything you eat becomes a part of not only your inner being but the outer fabric of your body as well and the healthier the foods that you consume, the better your skin will look!