You’ve probably heard the old saying “you are what you eat” and “beauty comes from the inside”, but when it comes to skin health, both are true. Not only that a healthy diet helps to nourish your skin but there are foods that fight certain skin problems. Creams used for skin care are of great importance, but equally important for skin health are foods that you enter into your body. In order to have a healthy skin, it is very important to constantly hydrate it. Without basic nutrients in the body, the skin becomes dry which can lead to major problems. Whether you’re trying to protect your skin from the sun, acne or you want to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, we present you foods that will help you achieve your goal – a healthy skin.
One of the best sources of healthy fats is avocado. It is a real mix of antioxidants, including vitamins C and E. The high levels of unsaturated fats in this delicious fruit protect the cells in your skin and prevent wrinkles. Similar to the fatty acids and unsaturated fats, they are a part of the cell walls and make them stronger. Avocado is also a rich source of vitamin E, which affects the skin texture. A serving of avocado will help that your skin is not dry and unpleasant to the touch.
You’ve probably heard that the omega-3 fatty acids are excellent in the fight against wrinkles. Well, walnuts contain very large amounts of these fats. Since the omega-3 fatty acids make cell membranes stronger (which prevents the absorption of harmful toxins), they also assist in maintaining the skin moisture. Healthy membrane allows cells to retain as much water as it needs and therefore skin looks brighter and younger. It also contains zinc, which reduces inflammation of the skin and makes it constant.
Blueberries, strawberries and blackberries are full of antioxidants and protects the skin from damage caused by sun exposure. Fruits rich in free radicals, full of extremely powerful antioxidant, promote healthy collagen which is responsible for skin elasticity and resilience. Blueberries are especially rich in flavonoids, which have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. They are known as longevity genes, which extend the life of cells and therefore they stay younger and healthier for a longer period.
Tomatoes, especially the cooked ones, are an excellent source of lycopene, the antioxidant compounds from the family of the carotenoids, that give red color to fleshy fruits. Lycopene protects against the occurrence of sunburns and wrinkles and can also help in the fight against skin cancer. It is a very powerful antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals caused by exposure to ultraviolet radiation. Tomatoes can easily be preapred and you can find plenty of quick and healthy recipes containing this ingredient.
Although fish is generally very healthy, salmon represents foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are extremely important in the fight against dry skin. Salmon is very rich in selenium, a mineral that is essential for great skin and contributes to the skin detoxification and provides elasticity. It is rich in biotin, lutein and vitamins B5 and B12 which will definitely help you fight with dry skin.
Now you know that apart from using creams and moisturizers, you can eat and still take care about your skin. Try the abovementioned infredients, and tell us your experience.
Theresa Brawner is a 28-year-old fitness instructor from Boston, MA, who writes articles for www.diet.st. in her free time. When she isn’t helping new moms get back in shape, you can find her in the kitchen, working on new recipes.