5 Superfoods for Healthy Skin
Eat your way to healthy skin
For glowing, vibrant, and, younger-looking skin include these everyday foods on your plate!
1. Strawberries: These delicious bites have more anti-aging vitamin C per serving than oranges or grapefruit. And research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that people who eat foods rich in vitamin C have fewer wrinkles and less age-related dry skin than those who don’t.
2. Carrots: Not just great for eyesight, carrots are good for clearing up breakouts. Vitamin A helps prevent the overproduction of cells in the skin’s outer layer, where dead cells and sebum combine and clog pores.
3. Almonds: Almonds are loaded with vitamin E, a potent sun blocker. Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant that helps to protect skin cells from UV light and other environmental factors that generate cell-damaging free radicals.
4. Dark Chocolate: The antioxidants in dark chocolate reduce roughness in the skin and protect against sun damage. Dark chocolate also helps combat beauty’s public enemy number one: Stress. Cocoa helps reduce stress hormones, which means less collagen breakdown in the skin, and fewer wrinkles.
5. Olive oil: Consuming olive oil, a staple in the healthy Mediterranean diet, provides antioxidants to disarm free radicals and reduce inflammation. In addition to working olive oil into your daily diet, apply to dry skin for softer smoother skin!
6. Green Tea: Filled with inflammation-fighting antioxidants, drinking green tea may reduce your risk of skin cancer. And when you add a generous squeeze of citrus juice, the tea’s antioxidants get a boost of staying power, so they remain in and benefit the body longer, rather than being digested quickly and having much of the goodness go down the drain.
7. Fish and seafood: People with diets high in fish and seafood have less skin wrinkling. The omega-3 fatty acids found in fish and seafood reduce inflammation and slow down the aging process. Omega-3s can also help combat acne in a similar way.
8. Brown Rice: Your favorite skin care products likely contain ceramides. These lipid molecules help your skin maintain its moisture, and can also be found in foods such as brown rice. When you eat naturally occurring ceramides, they will help your skin maintain its hydration.
9. Water: Water keeps your skin hydrated—and staying hydrated makes it appear more plump and less wrinkled. Drinking more water may also help you avoid sugary beverages such as juices, sodas, and sports drinks, that can cause your skin major distress. High blood sugar levels can damage collagen and produce compounds that cause skin to sag and wrinkle.