“We are what we eat”; and that statement doesn’t just hold true for the fact that the contents of your plate will reflect on your waistline, it also reflects on your skin and hair. In fact, the effects of free radicals start to show on our skin much faster than anywhere else, and if you want to be beautiful inside out and give your skin that perfect, radiant, natural glow – you have to eat right!
No matter how many face scrubs, face packs, glowing treatments or facials you may try at home or at the salon, nothing can beat the natural radiance that can only come from a skin-friendly diet. So, here are 13 foods that will slash your beauty budget by half because they nourish your skin from deep within and well….they are all Super Healthy so they will also do wonders for the rest of you!
Blackberries are nature’s secret to staying young forever! They boost the manufacture of collagen, which is responsible for keeping your skin look supple and smooth. Additionally, high dose of antioxidants these berries pack will fight all signs of ageing and maintain the elasticity of your skin to reverse the effects of free radicals.
It hydrates the skin from within because of its high fat content and exceptionally high counts of Vitamin c and E. but before you freak out at the mention of ‘high fat content’, please understand that when eaten in moderate quantities, Avocado can be one of the healthiest fruits because it helps to keep cholesterol levels low and the ‘good fats’ will not just give you smoother skin but also shinier lustrous hair.
Brazil Nuts –
For those with acne prone skin, Brazil nuts can be a blessing. They have a high dose of the mineral called as selenium, which battles acne while it also boosts the elasticity of the skin by preventing collagen from deteriorating – be it as a result of age or poor lifestyle choices.
Egg white, or Albumen, has the potential to launch a 3-pronged attack on skin conditions that could be the reason your face looks so dull and listless. This pure protein will tighten pores, soothe irritated skin, and also reduce puffiness from eyes after you have pulled an all-nighter.
Like all berries, strawberries are also rich in antioxidants, which make them very skin friendly. But strawberries have something extra – Ellagic acid. This special antioxidant will not just protect you from the damaging effects of free radicals, but also from the harmful effects of UV Rays naturally. Call it your natural sunscreen!
Want your skin to glow with good health? Add millet to your diet; in fact try and replace it with rice or wheat once a week and see how your graying skin starts to glow with good health!
Have a bad rash or eczema? Try Watercress; it has heaps of Vitamin C that brings instant relief from skin irritating conditions, because it soothes the skin from within.
Oats aren’t just great for your fitness; they are also wonder-foods for your skin. Because they pack a high dose of Vitamin B, not only will you benefit by eating a bowl every morning, try a face scrub made with oats as well for double wonders! Mix a handful of oats in warm water and make a paste – apply on your face – let it dry for 10 minutes and rinse. It will work as a scrub, will clean clogged pores and then tighten them to give you instantly soft supple skin.
Pumpkin seeds –
High in Zinc, pumpkin seeds will help repair damaged skin. What is better is that these are so easy to add to anything – salads, curries, desserts and even main courses!
The Vitamin B in asparagus helps to combat dryness, inflammation, chapping, flaking and irritation of skin. Make sure you eat more asparagus as winters start to set in to lock in the moisture within your skin.
Dark Chocolate –
Now this one has us all pleased! But dark chocolate is rich in flavonoids, which means they give you smoother skin and better natural sun protection.
Kiwi contains phenolic compounds and helps reduce dark circles, wrinkles and fine lines. Additionally, it also fights skin irritations and therefore is a fruit that you must add to your salad as often as possible!
Oily fish –
Key to keeping your skin younger looking, the high content of Omega 3 in oily fish will not only maintain the elasticity of your skin but also helps keep skin clear and supply.
Are you now ready to eat your way to perfect skin with these skin friendly foods?
- Foods that Compliment your Complexion (gethealthandbeautytips.wordpress.com)
- Radiant Skin, it Comes From Within! What to Eat to Make Your Skin Glow. (goodmorninghope.com)
- 10 Foods that cleanse your facial skin (zealnote.com)