Thanks to technology, there are now countless ways to improve the look of your skin. There is also countless age-defying beauty products flooding the market that you are literally spoilt for choice! However, these choices do not necessarily work for everyone and from a personal experience, the best products for your skin come from nature.
Unhealthy skin can be attributed to a number of things such as sun damage, age, and diet and while we focus more on what we put on our skin, what we eat is just as important because the food we eat gets broken down into vitamins and minerals that are vital to a healthy glowing skin.
There are foods you can eat for a healthy skin. A healthy intake of fruits and vegetables that are naturally deep in color such are reds, greens and yellows is a great way to start.
- Red Tomatoes: Help in reducing sun damage. They have a natural antioxidant Lycopene, which prevents free radicals in the skin. Dark Chocolate (Yes, Chocolate) in moderation, is also a natural antioxidant. It hydrates your skin for a firmer and natural look.
- Avocados: They are rich in natural oils and supply the skin with healthy fats and nutrients.
- Dark Green Kale and Spinach: A superfood in a nutshell! Eaten raw in a salad, baked kale chips for a snack or blended in a smoothie, this amazing leaf is jam packed with vitamins and essential minerals for the skin.
- Yellow Veggies –think sweet potato, carrots and pumpkin. The carotenoids found in the yellow veggies helps reduce the wrinkles around the eyes and decreases the skin's sensitivity to the sun.
- Sunflower seeds: For a healthy snack, eat a handful of this high in essential fatty acids and vitamin E loaded seed, and you will be enjoying a younger looking supple skin.
- Natural Yogurt: The proteins helps maintain a firmer skin and resistant to wrinkles. Eating protein based meals is important for collagen production, which is responsible for your skin's elasticity and suppleness.
- Omega 3 Fatty acids: Found in seafood, the most recommended being Sardines and Salmon. Chia, Walnuts, and Flaxseeds are loaded with the essential oil. Sprinkle a tablespoon of these in your breakfast cereal with fruit.
- Water: Apart from its amazing health benefits, water helps your skin build new cells and that is what we want, a newer looking, fresh and healthy skin. Stay hydrated at all times.
Also, as a side note, try to stay away from refined sugar, it’s one of skin’s natural enemies. Studies have shown that low sugar diets are beneficial for acne-prone skin. In most cases, sugar has been known to aggravate wrinkles and rashes.
While the above a great tips on eating right for a healthy skin, be sure to include a well-balanced diet in all your meals. Snack smart and have a healthy portion your five fruits and veggies a day.