10 super foods for healthy skin

What are you feeding your skin?

We all know that eating the right kind of food is crucial for the well being of each and every organ of the body. But we might not all be aware of the fact that the largest organ of the human body is the skin! So what you eat has a huge impact on the health of your skin. While superficial treatments and skin care routines are good for healthy skin, what they actually do is enhance the health of your skin that originally comes from within. Here are some foods that, apart from being good for other parts of your body, are particularly beneficial to your skin. Try and add as many of them in your diet as you can, and see the difference for yourself.

 

Tomatoes

Tomatoes contain Vitamin C, and various carotenoids including lycopene, beta carotine, and lutein. Vitamin C helps your skin from ageing prematurely. Lycopene protects your skin from damage caused by exposure to the Sun’s ultraviolet rays. Beta carotene improves your skin’s tone and elasticity. Lutein helps keep your skin hydrated. Having tomatoes with a bit of olive oil or cheese improves the body’s capability of absorbing all the goodness in them.

 

green tea

 

Green Tea

Green Tea contains catechins and polyphenols. Catechins are powerful antioxidants that protect your skin against damage from the ultraviolet rays of the sun, while improving hydration levels, thickness and elasticity of your skin. The polyphenols help reduce inflammation, reduce blemishes, flush out toxins, treat acne, and keep the skin supple. Avoid having green tea with milk as this reduces your body’s ability to absorb all the goodness in green tea.

 

avocado

Avocados

Avocados are rich in good fats, Vitamin E and Vitamin C. The good fats make your skin more elastic and supple. The Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that protects the skin from premature ageing through damage caused by the Sun’s ultraviolet rays. Vitamin C helps in collagen production that is essential for the strength of your layer of skin. Vitamin C along with Vitamin E work together to bring each other’s benefits even more.

 

fatty fish

Fatty Fish

Fatty fish are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, Vitamin E, a specific protein and Zinc. The fatty acids help reduce skin inflammation and keep it elastic, hydrated and thick while helping fight autoimmune conditions like lupus and psoriasis. The Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that protects the skin from premature ageing through damage caused by the Sun’s ultraviolet rays. The special protein helps hold the structure of the skin together. Zinc reduces inflammation and helps in skin cell rejuvenation. Examples of fatty fish are salmon, herring and mackerel.

 

bell peppers

Bell Peppers

Bell peppers are rich in beta carotene, Vitamin C and lots of carotenoids. Beta carotene improves your skin’s tone and elasticity.  Vitamin C helps in collagen production that is essential for the strength of your layer of skin. Carotenoids are powerful antioxidants that helps reduce wrinkles caused by the damaging ultraviolet rays of the Sun. Red, yellow or green, all bell peppers are great for your skin.

 

sunflower seeds

Sunflower seeds

Sunflower seeds are rich in selenium, zinc, Vitamin E and linoleic acid. Selenium protects your skin from damage and neutralises free radicals that may lead to wrinkles, infection or even cancer. Zinc reduces inflammation and helps in skin cell rejuvenation. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that protects the skin from premature ageing through damage caused by the Sun’s ultraviolet rays. Linoleic acid helps your skin stay hydrated, elastic and flexible by supporting the membranes of the cells of your skin.

 

dark chocolate

Dark chocolate

Dark chocolate, with at least 70 percent of cacao and containing no milk, is extremely high in antioxidants like flavonols. These antioxidants make your skin hydrated, make it thick, helps increase blood circulation to the skin, protect it from the damaging ultraviolet rays of the Sun, smooth out wrinkles and vastly improve the texture of your skin. However do make sure your dark chocolate contains very little sugar as sugar is very bad for your skin.

 

walnut

Walnuts

Walnuts contain essential fatty acids, zinc, vitamin E, vitamin C and selenium. The essential fatty acids are those that your body cannot make by itself but is in dire need of. They help reduce inflammation and help in collagen production, which in turn improves the elasticity of your skin. Zinc reduces inflammation and helps in skin cell rejuvenation. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that protects the skin from premature ageing due to damage caused by the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Vitamin C helps in collagen production that is essential for the strength of your skin layers. Selenium protects your skin from damage and neutralises free radicals that may lead to wrinkles, infection or even cancer.

 

broccoli

Broccoli

Broccoli is rich in zinc, vitamin A, vitamin C, lutein and sulforaphane. Zinc reduces inflammation and helps in skin cell rejuvenation. Vitamin A helps heal damaged skin and also helps fight cancer. Vitamin C helps in collagen production that is essential for the strength of your layer of skin. Lutein helps keep your skin hydrated. Sulforaphane reduces risk of cancer, neutralises free radicals, boosts immunity of the skin, protects it from the harmful ultraviolet rays of the Sun, and boosts collagen production.

 

red wine

Red Wine

Red wine is rich in the powerful antioxidant resveratrol. Resveratrol is a powerful anti ageing agent. It helps reduce the production of harmful free radicals. But of course, red wine has to be had in moderation as alcohol is not good for the health of your skin.

 

What not to eat?

This list would be incomplete if we told you what you should eat for healthy skin, while not telling you what you should not. You need to be aware of foods that are not good for your skin so you do not eat them unknowingly. You should completely avoid sugary items, treated dairy products, bottled water, white bread, popcorn, coffee, hard drinks, salt, milk chocolate, refine carbohydrates, soy, fast food, wheat, gluten, processed meats and spicy food. Armed with this knowledge, get the healthy and glowing skin you’ve always wanted!

Author: enrichsalon

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