Everyone wants to have healthy, blemish-free flawless skin. Although many people spend thousands of dollars on skin products and treatments, many forget that it takes more than just slathering these products into our skin in order for our skin to stay young and radiant. Skin care starts from what we eat and the nutrients that we provide our bodies with.
If you want to feed your skin from the inside out, make sure you start eating some if not all the superfoods below.
Blueberries are one of the healthiest foods that you can eat to support skin health. In fact, this fruit is very high in antioxidants that can help in battling aging. It is the antioxidants that is responsible for the reversal of the damage made by the toxins and free radicals. Resveratrol is also found in blueberries which helps in reducing the harmful effects of sun exposure.
Walnuts are not just good for your brain but for your skin as well. It is the good fat known as omega-3 fatty acids that keeps our cell membranes healthy so it is able to lock in moisture and nutrients. Walnuts also contain B Vitamins that help in managing stress and improving your mood so in effect, skin breakouts are prevented.
Never leave out avocados in your diet. This fruit contains fats and nutrients that are essential in maintaining healthy skin. Avocados have Vitamins C, E and K. This fruit is also a good source of magnesium, folic acid and potassium. These vitamins and minerals help in protecting your skin from the damage caused by sun and other pollutants found in your surroundings. As an added bonus, you can also create your own homemade facial mask by adding a little milk on your mashed avocados.
The benefits that you can get from tomatoes are no secret. But tomatoes also have great benefits for our skin. It is the lycopene that is present in tomatoes that protects your skin from the harmful damages caused by the sun. Just like avocados, tomatoes mixed with other ingredients like olive oil, flour and water can also be used to create a homemade face mask that can combat dry skin.
Oily fish such as salmon, tuna and sardines are great sources of omega-3 fatty acids. It is the omega-3 fatty acids that strengthens the cell membrane, resulting to plumper and younger-looking skin. Essential minerals like Zinc and Selenium can be found in fish. Selenium is responsible for protecting the skin from the UV rays and Zinc stimulates cell production.
Spinach is one leafy green vegetable that does amazing things for your skin. The high levels of antioxidants found in this vegetable is what plays a very important role in preventing premature skin aging as it aids in repairing the damaged skin cells. The Vitamin K found in this superfood strengthens the blood vessel wall, enhancing the circulation of blood all over your body. Spinach can also help remove the dark circles under your eyes.
Chocolate is not necessarily a junk food. You just need to choose the right chocolate. Avoid milk chocolate and any dark chocolate with a cocoa percentage lower than 80%. Dark chocolate with a cocoa percentage of above 80% brings about several benefits to your health and your skin because it is loaded with minerals. The flavonols found in dark chocolate could protect your skin from the sun-induced damage.
Oranges are well-known for their Vitamin C content. Vitamin C strengthens the immune system keeping you from contracting colds and flu for example. It is also the same vitamin that helps in keeping your skin healthy. This fruit contains limonoids that help prevent the growth of cancer cells. Citrus fruits like oranges contain Vitamin A that can help in reducing acne breakouts. The B-vitamins and folate improves blood circulation, keeping the skin well-hydrated.
Over to you. Have we missed any superfoods on our list that are great for your skin? Or have you noticed a difference in your skin after starting to eat one of the superfoods above? We would love to hear from you in the comments below.
Shannon loves all things outdoors such as hiking, camping, and bike riding. After her second child, Shannon was left with large stretch marks and is now passionate about helping others prevent and help reduce their own stretch marks as well as reduce other skin spots & blemishes. She can be found at SkinHealthBody.com