You’ve heard that old adage, “you are what you eat.” What you may not have heard is that what you eat can also affect your skin.
Don’t stress (that’s bad for your skin too!). While processed and fried foods can cause breakouts, increase skin oiliness and make skin look stiff, there are also foods that can help reduce wrinkles, fight breakouts and make your skin glow!
Antioxidants are key to protecting skin from the cell damage that causes wrinkles and age spots. Fruits and vegetables are a powerful source of antioxidants, including beta-carotene, lutein and vitamin C.
Antioxidant rich foods include kale, spinach, broccoli, blueberries, oranges, strawberries and more! Remember what your mother always said— five servings a day!
Acne is an inflammatory skin condition that leads to clogged pores and embarrassing blackheads and pimples— and not just for teenagers.
While your best bet is to avoid a diet high in carbs, grease and refined sugar, there are foods that can help you get clearer skin.
Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin E and zinc can help you ditch the zits. Omega-3 foods like salmon and walnuts help reduce inflammation in the body. Foods containing Vitamin E— almonds, avocados and hazelnuts— protect skin from oxidative cell damage and support skin growth (which can help heal acne scars). A zinc deficiency is linked with several skin problems, including acne. Foods like pumpkin seeds, Brazil nuts, oysters and dark chocolate are abundant in zinc and make great, low-carb snacks that increase energy.
Get luminous skin
Vitamin A and sulfur can help you get the glowing skin you desire. Vitamin A byproducts are so important for skin, they are found in many skin care products. Arugula is a great source of Vitamin A that also serves as a detoxifier. Sweet potatoes are another tasty vegetable that can help you attain radiant, healthy skin!
The most important part of healthy skin is hydration. Hydrated skin is flexible, moist and has a healthy glow! So while all of these foods have great skin benefits, drinking six to eight glasses of water a day is the best thing you can do for your skin!