When we think skincare, often times, we only consider the products we apply on the surface of our skin. But skincare goes beyond that; It’s in our personal hygiene, environmental sanitation, lifestyle and importantly, our diet. It is also in what we do to nourish the skin internally.
It’s easy to want to enjoy junk food all the time, especially in the midst of busy days and with lack of time to prepare wholesome meals. But intentionally choosing what you consume more, or less, has a huge effect on how healthy your skin appears, especially when you’re stressed or tired.
Alongside plenty of water, raw vegetables, wholegrains, whole meal bread, fresh fruits and selenium-rich foods should be more present in your diet than foods that are high in sugar and carbohydrates.
Regularly intake of cakes, biscuits, bread, cereal, pasta and desserts made with white flour, white rice, noodles, food additives, sodas and other sugar-sweetened beverages increase unhealthy fat that promotes skin aging and damages collagen.
To help guide your diet and achieve more radiant skin, here are some foods you should consider eating more often:
Yellow/Orange Fruits & Vegetables
Asides from boosting immune system, protecting the eyes and fighting cancer, yellow and orange fruits and vegetables like carrots, sweet potatoes, corn, peppers, peaches, mangoes, papaya, ginger, pumpkin, bananas, and pineapples contain a high level of collagen, fiber, vitamin A, potassium, vitamin C and antioxidant properties that combat against many skin problems from dark patches and pigmentations to acne scars and sun burns.
Add yellow and orange fruits and veggies to your meals daily to increase your chances of preventing free radicals in the body and promoting smoother, lighter and even-toned skin.
Green foods including Kale, avocado, spinach, broccoli, brussels sprouts, green pepper and even green tea contain antioxidants that promote skin hydration, elasticity and the skins natural protection against UV sun damage.
Greens also contain vitamin E, folate and beta-carotene which helps DNA repair, produces and maintains new cells. Beta-carotene is known for renewing and repairing the skin, and green vegetables are major providers of this antioxidant that also helps fight inflammation and detoxifies the liver, leading to detoxification of the skin.
They boost healthy hair and reduce skin bruises, scars, redness, acne, stretch marks, fine lines, wrinkles and spider veins… giving you a firmer, smoother, and glowy skin.
Omega-3 fatty acids are vital nutrients for maintaining skin health and keeping the skin thick, supple, and moisturized
Tomatoes, soy, red grapes, avocados, brussels sprouts, cocoa powder and Fatty fish, such as salmon, mackerel, and herring, are excellent sources of fatty acids which act as a natural moisturizer for your skin, keeping it supple, protecting against free radical damage and improving elasticity.
Fatty acid has been found beneficial in conditions such as eczema, redness, lupus, psoriasis, acne, protecting the skin against sun damage, hydrating and reducing inflammation levels in the body.
Nuts and Seeds
Nuts and seeds such as almond, cashew, Brazil nuts, pistachios, walnuts, pumpkin seed, and chia seeds are excellent sources of magnesium, and selenium which increases levels of enzyme glutathione peroxidase and helps to fight the oxidative damage.
Nuts and seeds also provide essential antioxidants that combat blemishes and acne, work as an anti-aging agent, give healthy radiant skin and improve skin balance, as a result of boosted gut health.
They contain zinc and vitamin E to help reduce symptoms of eczema, normalize skin cell development and promote healthy skin tone.
Some of the most nutritious and versatile foods include beans, peas and lentils which are low in fat, cholesterol, and are rich in protein, fiber, folate, potassium, iron, magnesium and zinc.
Legumes have high anti-aging and healing properties that help fight acne and pimples, prevent skin disorders, maintain blood sugar levels, and promote clear skin. They are a good source of Niacinamide (vitamin B3) and Pantothenic, which are essential for a healthy, beautiful skin.
Now that you have better knowledge on eating right for better skin, your skincare products and therapies are guaranteed a longer lasting and more evident effect.
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