If you’ve been doing the rounds of pharmacies and beauty stores to get the best products in town that will beautify your skin, you might want to redefine your hunt. The fact might be quite the contrary to what you think – it is what we put into our body that decides our complexion or quality of skin. What we consume does affect our health and the aging of our skin. Here are some foods that can have a beautifying effect on your skin:
1. Fatty Fish: salmon, mackerel and herring. These are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for maintaining skin health. They keep skin thick, toned and moisturised which helps those suffering from dry skin. They also help in reducing inflammation for those with sensitive and acneic skin.
2. Extra virgin olive oil
It’s anti-inflammatory effects on the skin help protect the skin from sun damage.
High in healthy fats, avocados help nourish, hydrate, and plump the skin by protecting the health of the cell membrane. They are a good source of vitamin E, C, K and B6 which is an important antioxidant that helps fight free radical damage.
4. Dark chocolate
Dark chocolate is high in flavanol which helps protect the skin from sun damage. It also helps improve skin hydration, thickness and smoothness.
Walnuts are a good source of essential fatty acids, which are fats that your body cannot make itself. They contain small amounts of the antioxidants vitamin E and vitamin C which helps your skin stay healthy.
6. Sunflower Seeds
Sunflower seeds are an excellent source of nutrients, including vitamin E, which is an important antioxidant for the skin.
7. Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes contain beta-carotene to protect your skin from sun damage. It may help prevent sunburn and dry, wrinkled skin. High amounts of beta-carotene add a warm, orange colour to your skin, almost like a tan.
Are rich in antioxidants which provide sun protection and may help repair existing skin damage.
Cinnamon helps to increase collagen production, which may lead to increased skin firmness and elasticity. The anti-fungal, antioxidant and anti-bacterial properties of cinnamon helps with acne.
10. Red/yellow bell peppers
These are a great sources of beta-carotene, which your body converts into vitamin A. Also, an excellent source of vitamin C which helps to keep skin firm and strong.
Ginger contains gingerol; a compound with anti-inflammatory effects that may help prevent age spots.
Broccoli is full of zinc, vitamin A and vitamin C which are vital for achieving healthy skin. It contains lutein which protects your skin from being too dry. May help with some types of skin cancer.
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