We all know that some foods are better than others when it comes to our health, but did you know that’s also true for the health of our skin? Recent scientific breakthroughs have suggested that what we eat to care for our skin from the inside may be as important as what we put on the outside. The following are some foods your skin is sure to love:
- Water | Yes, chalk this up to one more reason to get in your daily 8 glasses of water. Dehydration, even slight, dries out skin and makes it appear dull. Staying fully hydrated by drinking plenty of water every day helps keep your skin soft and moisturized.
- Foods rich in Vitamin C, such as strawberries and oranges. Vitamin C helps fight free radicals which can break down collagen and cause premature aging of the skin.
- Pomegranate contains high levels of anti-oxidants, which help fight inflammation in the body and on the skin.
- Olive oil. Another anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory powerhouse, extra virgin olive oil helps calm skin and leave it looking healthy.
- Green Tea. Green tea is also a great source of anti-oxidants. This one not only treats skin with anti-oxidants, but the act of drinking a hot cup of tea relieves stress as well. Stress has been shown to contribute to skin problems such as acne, so this benefit shouldn’t be overlooked
- The pulp, or meat, of a pumpkin contains carotenoids which fight skin wrinkling. It also contains other vitamins such as Vitamin E, which helps boost your skin’s ability to fight free radicals.
- Avocados have a high fat content, and this fat can translate to an extra boost of moisture for your skin. An additional benefit of avocado is the Vitamin E packed in it, once again helping to fight free-radicals while keeping skin supple.
- Tomatoes contain selenium, which has been shown to protect against not only sun spots and sun damage, but skin cancer as well. They are also a great source of Vitamin C.
Not only do these foods help keep your skin looking it’s best when you eat them, some foods give you a boost when applied externally too. A quick homemade facial mask for gorgeous skin is to mash one ripe banana with 1/8 cup whole milk plain yogurt and 2 tablespoons of honey. Apply to skin and let set for 20 minutes before rinsing clean with cold water.
The next time you are trying to decide what to have for dinner, consider working some of these foods into your meal to boost your health both inside and out!