Who doesn’t want healthy, glowing skin? Rather than spending the extra money on chemical-rich facial cleansers, toners, and moisturizers which, in some cases, can cause more problems than good, why not eat your way to radiant skin?
Antioxidants play a big role in the appearance of skin as well as overall health, so it is no surprise that some of the top skin-enriching foods are packed with them. Antioxidants are the vitamins and minerals found in foods and enzymes in the body which help repair and prevent damage to cells throughout the body - including in your skin cells. Other excellent vitamins and minerals for the skin are vitamins A, C, and E, phytochemicals like lycopene, and nutrients like selenium.
Dark chocolate contains antioxidants...lots of them. Remember back in the day when people would tell us that chocolate gives us acne? Maybe there is truth in this thought - as milk chocolate tends to have a large amount of sugar which isn’t beneficial to the skin. However, dark chocolate, pure dark chocolate, has been shown to improve the texture of skin. Eat a few ounces of dark chocolate every day and feed your sweet tooth and your skin!
Carrots aren’t just good for your eyes - they’re good for clearing breakouts on the skin, too! Thank vitamin A, as it helps reduce the build up of dead skin cells which lead to clogged pores and blemishes. Some studies are beginning to indicate that carrots can prevent skin cancer too - so nibble away!
Almonds contain a great deal of vitamin E -nearly 45% of the recommended daily intake. In one study, participants who consumed approximately 20 almonds per day
and spent time in the sun (under UV rays) had less sun-damage than those who did not eat the almonds. Vitamin E protects skin cells from the sun’s rays and other damaging environmental factors like pollution, wind, heat and more. If you’re using a facial sunscreen, find one containing vitamin E, and if you do get burned, use vitamin E oil to help sooth and treat the burn.
Flaxseeds contain omega-3, which is not only good for heart and brain health, but skin health too! The omegas in flaxseeds has been shown to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles on the face - not only that, but flax also reduces inflammation throughout the body, which could mean less irritation on the face. To get the most out of flaxseeds, try flaxseed meal -- stir it into oatmeal or blend it into a smoothie.
Drink up! Green tea is packed with antioxidants! Studies indicate the drinking 2 to 4 cups of green tea per day can have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer effects. Enjoy your green tea with honey for some added sweetness and make sure to drink it hot because as it cools, these amazing antioxidants dissipate.
The folate found in spinach has healing properties too! At 66% of daily recommended intake of the folate you need to be healthy, folate can repair damaged cells which means reduced wrinkles!
Sweet potatoes have a great deal of vitamin C which is essential for collagen production and maintenance. A recent study found that volunteers who ate the equivalent to half of a sweet potato daily had decreased appearance of wrinkles after three years. Try sweet potatoes mashed, roasted and even grilled!
Tomatoes are a great fruit - and the lycopene found in them is wonderful for healthy skin. When tomatoes are heated, they release more lycopene so try them in pasta sauce or just lightly cooked with oil, salt and pepper.
Another great weapon against the effects of life on your skin is water. It’s readily available to you and you can sip your way to great skin all day!
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