Hello lovelies, hope all is well. Today I wanted to do a somewhat informative post on foods good for our skin and overall beauty. When we eat we usually think about how the food is going to affect our body’s health wise but what about our skin? Specific foods and drinks can do amazing things to our skin and body’s from the inside out. I compiled a list of 20 Beauty Foods that are great for the skin when eaten regularly with a healthy diet.
Carrots contain Vitamin A and Beta-Carotene. Vitamin A helps prevent wrinkles, pigmentation and uneven skin tone, also helps in repairing skin tissue; and can also help reduce production of cancer cells. Beta-Carotene plays a significant role in skin regrowth and development. It has antioxidant properties which prevent the overproduction of skin cells on the putter layer. Resulting in fewer flakes of dead skin cells that wont clog pores when combined with sebum (oil). So enjoy so crunchy carrot sticks or even so bright orange carrot juice.
Tomatoes contain large amounts of lycopene (what makes it red) which protects skin cells from the suns UV rays also boosting the strength of skins collagen. In the British Journal of Dermatology, a study showed that consuming 5 Tablespoon of tomato paste on a daily basis, it will result in a 33% increase in UV Ray protection. Eat a few slices raw or cook with them to get all the wonderful benefits
Spinach: Super food comprised of Vitamins B,C, and E, calcium, iron and Omega-3 Fatty Acids, all of which are required for healthy glowing skin. Also helps in growth and repair of skin cells. Enjoy in a salad or a smoothie, you cant go wrong with this super food.
Papaya contains Papain, Chymopapain and Vitamin C; Papain enzymes helps remove blemishes, black spots, and other skin issues like acne, when applied topically. The Chymopapain enzyme is known to reduce inflammation and Vitamin C plays a major role in strengthening skins collagen. Enjoy as a snack or crest a mask with it.
Turmeric is rich in curcumin which is an active antioxidant and holds anti-inflammatory properties. Research shows that it can lighten dark blotches or scars caused by acne, aging and sunburn, by both consumption and as a mask.
Eating salmon can add luster and softness to your complexion. It’s rich content of Omega-3 fatty acids, it also contains Dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE). DMAE contributes to youthful and healthy skin, protects and strengthen the integrity of cell membranes keeping them from deteriorating also helps prevent arachidonic acid that contributes to wrinkles. The Omega-3 help keep skin hydrated and soft. enjoy and gobble up this tasty beautifying fish.
Avocados contains Omega-9 Fatty Acids, which keep skin hydrated and glowing. They also lower the risk of premature aging. Fatty acids also help skin to absorb vitamins from soluble fats which nourish the skin and shield it from UV Rays. Enjoy this with salads, on toast, on tacos or as a face mask.
Dark Chocolate contains flavonoids that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, they help in reducing photo damage and collagen breakdown. A study in the Journal of Nutrition showed that women who consumed dark chocolate had a stronger resistance to the suns UV rays and better skin texture. Go ahead don’t feel guilty indulging in that square of dark goodness
Sweet Potatoes contains carotenoids and Vitamin C which boost the production of collagen and nourish skin.
Bell Peppers are a great source of vitamin C which boost the production of collagen. It’s essential for growth and formation of skins muscle tissue. They also contain Capsaicin compound which promotes blood circulation and improves the skin natural detox production. *Fun Fact: bell peppers contain more Vitamin C than oranges.*
Extra Virgin Olive Oil has anti-inflammatory effects on the skin, and can help protect the skin from sun damage.
Walnuts are a good source of fatty acids, which our body’s cannot make on its own. Also they contain a small amount of Vitamin E and C which are essential for healthy skin.
Flaxseeds contain Omega-3 and ALA(vitamin-like antioxidant that helps fight free radicals) help to protect the skin from sun radiation and improve skin smoothness.
Sunflower Seeds are an excellent source of nutrients, including Vitamin E, which is an important antioxidant for the skin.
Pomegranates provide sun protection, also helps repair existing skin damage.
Cinnamon increases collagen production, increases skin firmness. It also has anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and antioxidant properties that help acne.
Ginger contains gingerol compound with anti-inflammatory properties that can help prevent age spots.
Red Wine contains resveratvol which helps slow down skin aging.
Green Tea contains Catechins which are powerful antioxidants that protect skin from sun damage and reduces redness as well. Improving hydration, thickness and elasticity of the skin.
Broccoli is full of Zinc, Vitamin A and C which are essentials for healthy skin. It also contains Lutein which protects skin from becoming to dry, sulforaphane protects the skin from harmful rays.