Everyone wants healthy, glowing skin. Proof of that is the continued popularity of different skin products promising us our heart’s desire. And while some of these products and skincare regimen really do make a difference, the food we eat also plays an important role in achieving that goal. The good news is – these skin food are not exotic and hard to obtain. In fact, you might be surprised at how ordinary most of them are.
Here are the top 5 food that will benefit your skin.
Eggs – We have all heard how egg whites can tighten and close up large pores when used as a face mask. But this superfood can also work wonders on your skin when ingested. Vitamin D ensures the growth of new skin cells. Iron aids your red blood cells, ensuring that the skin has enough oxygen. Egg is also high in Selenium – an anti-oxidant which prevents controls inflammation and lowers free radical damage.
Tomatoes – Tomatoes are rich in Lycopene – your skin’s best defense against sun damage. And hear this, Lycopene is best absorbed by the body when it has been cooked or processed. This means that tomato sauce, or ketchup is more effective than raw tomatoes. So the next time you feeling guilty about that bowl of pasta – just think that you’re protecting your skin against harmful UV rays.
Chocolates – This is the ultimate guilty pleasure. But we usually forgo chocolates because we’re told over the years that it causes our skin to break out. Well, here’s some good news. Chocolates are not bad for our skin. The culprit lies on the sugar and milk/cream that is usually mixed into the chocolates. Dark Chocolate has been known to prevent collagen breakdown in the skin, resulting to less wrinkles and a younger looking skin.
Fish – Fish contains Omega 3 fatty acids to prevent our skin from getting dry. Omega 3 also reduces inflammation, and protects the skin from harmful UV rays. Aside from omega 3, fish are also a good source of Vitamin E, which is essential in protecting the skin from damage caused by free radicals. Fish are also high in Zinc, which prevents or decreases skin inflammation and promotes wound healing.
Green Tea – Green tea contains a powerful antioxidant that protects your skin from aging. The catechins found in the tea protect the skin from sun damage. Drinking green tea regularly has also been found to improve the skin’s moisture and elasticity.
These are just a few of the food known to help bring you younger-looking skin. The best part is, they are available locally and may actually be in your pantry right now. But always remember, everything should be eaten in moderation.