Posted on March 07 2017
You are what you eat, which is why it is so important that you select the right foods for a healthy diet that will be advantageous to you both physically and mentally. Your skin can reap the benefits of a nutritious diet as well; known as ‘superfoods’, certain nuts, fruits, vegetables and some types of meats can visibly and effectively give you a clearer and smoother complexion. By incorporating these superfoods into your daily diet and using skincare products suitable for your skin, it won’t be long before you will see a drastic improvement in your skin.
Blueberries get their dark and vibrant hue from Anthocyanin, an antioxidant that is great for the skin. These tiny blue baubles also contain numerous vitamins, iron, magnesium, zinc and potassium, all of which are highly effective in combating wrinkles and fine lines, preventing acne and eliminating blemishes and scars.
High in vitamins C and E, and packed with antioxidants, broccoli aids in collagen production, protects the skin from the damages of UV rays and effectively clears acne.
You can tell from its rich green hue that spinach is jam-packed with beta-carotene, an antioxidant that effectively repairs damaged cells and keep wrinkles at bay. You can incorporate spinach into your diet by whipping up a delicious salad, a simple smoothie or cooking it with your favorite pasta, or make a facial mask to eradicate acne. Vitamins A, B, C and K help the skin regenerate and stimulate collage production for supple skin, protect it from harmful UV rays and clear the skin of any fine lines and blemishes.
A cruciferous vegetable that boosts a myriad of health benefits, kale contains vitamins A, C and K, dietary fiber, calcium, antioxidants and Omega-3 fatty acids. All these help to reduce inflammation which is the cause of acne, detoxify the body, aid in cell regeneration and reduce the formation of wrinkles and other fine lines.
Mushrooms contain kojic acid that effectively lightens the skin tone by decreasing melanin in the skin and removing dead skin cells to give your skin a healthy glow. They are also packed with antioxidants and Vitamin D, both of which prevent the formation of wrinkles and fine lines, help keep the skin firm and supple and reduce excessive production of sebum.
These bright and vibrant fruits contain lycopene, an antioxidant that works like a natural sunscreen to keep harmful UV rays at bay, fight cell damage, reduce free radicals and maintain moisture level in the skin. By incorporating tomatoes into either your diet or your skincare regime, you can get healthy-looking, glowing skin without breaking the wallet.
This autumn staple is great for combating acne as is contains beta-carotene, an antioxidant that aids in cell regeneration and is packed with anti-inflammatory properties. The vitamins C, K and E in pumpkin help stimulate collagen production to leave the skin looking soft and buoyant with a natural and healthy glow. Take note to keep the pumpkin seeds when you are done enjoying the flesh! Pop the pumpkin seeds into the oven to gently roast them and have as a snack; they contain protein and zinc, both of which can help with your acne troubles.
Many exfoliating skin scrubs in the market contain papaya and this is because the papain enzyme are great for speeding up the peeling process of dead skin and directly lightens the skin tone. The papain enzyme in the papaya fruit also acts wonderfully as a healing toner to heal damaged skin and reduce scars and blemishes.
The anti-acne properties of this delicious tropical fruit are known far and wide. Because it is packed with beta-carotene and vitamin C, they are highly effective in combating acne, lightening the skin, repairing clogged pores and collagen regeneration. Once you are done with the flesh of the mango, retain the skin to use as a facial mask to give your skin a radiant and healthy glow.
10. Wild salmon
Wild salmon contain Omega-3 fats that are a powerful tool to add moisture and retain the buoyancy in the skin. Selenium in wild salmon effectively shields your skin from the damages of excessive exposure to UV rays and you skin will be left looking clearer and suppler.
These are all ingredients that can be easily found in your local supermarkets. Use them in delicious dishes, smoothies, juices or externally as masks or facial wash to attain clear and smooth skin that will make you look and feel rejuvenated.