Foods to help make your skin luminous
The term ‘you are what you eat’ definitely holds true when it comes to the health and appearance of your skin. There’s no doubt that eating a balanced diet—low in sugar and high in healthy fats, vitamins and minerals—will help you achieve glowing, radiant skin. While topical products and treatments help to treat skin, focusing on your inner health will help you to achieve an outer glow. Here are my top five foods for glowing, healthy skin.
Healthy fats are essential for maintaining the skin’s moisture barrier. As we age, skin generally becomes drier. Consuming foods with a high quantity of healthy fats, like avocado, can help keep skin hydrated from the inside, leading to glowing skin and shiny hair. By virtue of their high omega 3 content, which helps to reduce internal inflammation, avocados can also help soothe skin, improve skin’s elasticity, and reduce breakouts. Because avocados are high in calories, stick to ½ of an avocado per day to reap its benefits without going over your daily recommended calorie count.
Full of skin-brightening vitamin C, lemons are great for glowing skin. Vitamin C helps even out the complexion by neutralising free radicals. protecting it against external pollutants and UV rays. Because it’s alkalizing in the body, it’s a great cleansing agent to promote healthy digestion. Lemons are rich in polyphenols, and a study done at the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, found positive long-term effects on skin and hair from regular consumption of lemon, including delayed skin and hair ageing like hair coarseness and hair loss. Add it to your water or squeeze it onto your meals or fruit to add taste. When eating plant-based foods, adding lemon can also help your body better absorb the iron in vegetables.
Capsicum, or bell peppers, are full of carotenoids. The carotene class of carotenoids, such as beta-carotene and lycopene, are converted into vitamin A by the body, a potent antioxidant which we know can help prevent fine lines and wrinkles. Peppers are also high in fibre, which aids in digestion. One bell pepper also contains more than 100% of your daily vitamin C requirements, with vitamin C being an essential building block for collagen. They are also full of potassium and folic acid, which assists in the development of new skin cells and also has a role in stimulating collagen production.
Drinking green tea is a great daily habit for helping to improve skin health. Green tea is rich in antioxidants and is also anti-inflammatory. According to a 2016 study, the EGCG, or plant-based catechin found in green tea has been shown to help reduce sebum production/oily skin and subsequent acne.
Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, eating plenty of wild salmon can definitely help to add moisture back into your skin as you age. It is one of the best foods for glowing skin due to its high content of healthy fats. Salmon is also high in protein, which is the building block of skin tissue and contains amino acids, which have been proven to support collagen production.
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