If there’s one thing that we all have in common, this is that we all have to eat (for those who have the luxury to do so) but how often do we associate food with the appearance of our skin outside of just satisfying hunger.
Here we have compiled our top 11 foods to include within your diet that’ll help to feed and nourish the skin for better looking and overall healthier skin, despite the old-age saying “you are what you eat” this really has some truth especially with how it affects us inside and out.
Fats are our friends! We hope the ancient stigma of ‘fats being bad’ are a thing of the past because this incredible fruit is an essential to feed the skin, containing monosaturated fatty acids that helps to shield and hydrate the skin, lowering the risk of premature aging as well as vitamin E, which is beneficial by prevent skin damage from ultraviolet radiation.
Legumes come in different shapes and sizes, easy to store and super affordable but what does it have to offer for the skin? These little gems are high in fibre, protein and magnesium, also rich in zinc which contain healing properties to fight acne.
If you don’t have turmeric in your cupboard then you are really missing out! Whether you’re cooking up a curry with it or making your own DIY face mask turmeric needs to be your new staple. Not only is turmeric a game changer when it comes to reducing pain. Turmeric is rich in antioxidants that combats free radical and that’ll help to reduce inflammation, which works wonders for acne. It also promotes collagen and acts as a stimulator for skin elasticity, fine lines and wrinkles.
Almonds are rich in vitamin E which helps to repair skin cells and protects the dermis from sun damage. Not to mention almonds being a source of dairy free calcium, these little gems act as an antioxidant which helps free the body of free radicals.
5. Leafy greens
Leafy greens like Kale, Spinach, Chard as well as Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts are rich in vitamin A, B, C, E and even K (I bet you didn’t know there was even a K). Almost any green vegetable, but especially the leafy ones can help to combat acne by flushing out toxins which strengthens to skins protective tissue. Not to mention being rich in antioxidants that help boost hydration and elasticity, leaving skin soft and supple.
6. Bell peppers
Another colourful food that’s high in vitamin C, again an essential when it comes to building collagen, a protein that strengthens the structure of the skin.
7. Sweet potatoes
As well as being a great source of fibre and a healthy carb, sweet potatoes contains a high level of vitamin A, which helps to reduce oil production in the skin, and are used to treat acne.
Whether it’s in your salad or stew, tomatoes can be a tasty addition to a variety of meals and tomatoes are a great superfood as they are a great source of Lycopene that’ll boost the collagen, a protein that provides structure for our body and skin, great for anti-aging and keeping a youthful glow.
9. Green tea
Green tea isn’t just consumed for digestive purposes, as it contains polyphenols, it makes it an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, when used topically it can act as a toner to treat acne. It can also be great to heal scars and blemishes.
10. Citrus fruits
Vitamin C is an essential when it comes to the formulation and growth of the skin tissue. Vitamin C has also been known for its antioxidants that help to calm inflammation and brighten dark spots and overall complexion.
Besides being a great source of protein and healthy fats, Salmon is rich in antioxidants that helps to reduce inflammation. Omega 3’s and fatty acids are serving as building blocks for healthy skin cells.
Although we recommend these foods for better skin there are tons more out there that you will find that can help feed your skin, but most importantly is to have a balance. There are thousands of different types of foods whether created from earth or by man for our taste buds to enjoy and explore so don’t deprive yourself, just try to maintain a healthy balance.
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