“You are what you eat”, so the old saying goes.  When it comes to your skin, you are not only what you eat, but what you apply to your face as well.  There are foods that are both good for you inside and out to add to your diet and your skincare routine.  Here is a list of 5 power foods with dual benefits:

  1. Olive Oil
  • Consuming olive oil reduces signs of aging. About 75% of the fat in olive oil is monounsaturated fat, which might play a role in making skin look younger.  Properties in the oil may help neutralize skin damaging free radicals, as well.
  • The anti-aging properties of olive oil are also effective when applied topically to the skin. It is easily absorbed and provides hydrating moisture to your skin.
  1. Green Tea
    • Studies have shown that drinking green tea daily results in smoother, more elastic skin. It’s also shown to reduce damage from the sun.
    • Green tea not only helps prevent sun damage, but also helps soothe skin after spending time in the sun. The antioxidants present help to reduce inflammation, which can cause both acne and premature aging.
  2. Carrots
    • Due to the carotenoid in carrots, eating them will help give you a healthy glow. People who eat diets rich in carotenoid have more yellow in their skin tone, an effect that makes the skin be perceived as healthier.
    • Carrots have skin boosting benefits when applied topically, as well. They stimulate the renewal of cells while also fighting free radicals and premature aging.
  3. Dark Chocolate
    • Rich in antioxidant cocoa flavanols, chocolate helps hydrate skin and smooth a rough texture, while also improving circulation for healthier skin.
    • Cocoa is a rich source of free radical busting antioxidants and the caffeine present works to firm the skin.
  4. Avocado
    • Another great source of carotenoids, avocado helps improves skin texture, tone, and overall appearance. It also contains Vitamin C and Vitamin E, both shown to have skin health benefits, while the monounsaturated fats provide moisture.
    • The same fats that help avocado moisture from the inside do the same from the outside. Its moisture is great for dry skin that may be sensitive or sun damaged.

 

The foods on this list are not only beneficial to your skin, but also to your body as a whole.  They are all healthy, nutritious options to eat and use regularly for skin improvement and overall wellness.

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