The 12 Best Foods For Your Skin
How to eat your way to a better complexion!
1.) Almonds – The antioxidant in almonds, Vitamin E, will help to prevent painful sun burns from the sun’s UV rays. One tip: Try to watch portion sizes when it comes to almonds. They are incredibly calorie-dense…1 oz, or around 24 almonds, contains about 150 calories.
2.) Flaxseeds and Salmon – These are the omega-3 powerhouses. Omega-3’s help maintain cell membranes and allow water and nutrients to be absorbed into the skin (while keeping the toxins out). People who consume high amounts of omega-3’s have less wrinkles, redness, and irritation.
3.) Tomatoes – Lycopene is the phytochemical found in tomatoes. This phytochemical is an antioxidant that decreases the aging process caused by sun exposure. One tip: Don’t like tomatoes? Lycopene is also in ketchup, tomato sauce, and tomato paste.
4.) Go Orange and Yellow! – Orange foods such as sweet potatoes, papayas, apricots and oranges are packed with Vitamin C and Vitamin A. Vitamin C promotes collagen production, which reduces the appearance of wrinkles. And Vitamin A reduces the risk of skin cancer and prevents the overproduction of dead skin cells, which can clog your pores.
5.) Spinach – The folate in spinach, which helps to maintain and repair DNA production, has been shown to reduce the risk of tumors and skin cancer.
6.) Tuna – Tuna contains the mineral, Selenium. Selenium helps to maintain your skin’s elasticity, which will help it to appear smoother and tighter.
7.) Oysters – Oysters are loaded with Zinc, which is a mineral that helps promote elastin production and also reduces sebum production. Sebum is the oil produced by your skin as a form of protection as well as to keep it moisturized. The overproduction of sebum, however, may lead to clogged pores and thus, acne. So order some oysters next time you’re at a seafood restaurant!
8.) Mushrooms – This fungi is rich in the B-vitamin, Riboflavin, which helps with tissue maintenance and repair.
9.) Wheat Germ – Wheat germ is high in Zinc, which has anti-inflammatory properties. Some studies show wheat germ can reduce the appearance of acne. Wheat germ also contains Vitamins D and E, which have anti-oxidant effects on the skin. Never tried wheat germ? Try sprinkling it over a salad, yogurt, or blending it into smoothies.
10.) Green Tea – The catechins in green tea are cancer fighters due to it’s anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties.
11.) Dark Chocolate and Cocoa Powder – According to some scientific studies, chocolate lovers have been shown to have better skin texture and stronger skin resistance. This is due to dark chocolate’s antioxidant, flavanols. Tip: Don’t overdo it – a little dark chocolate goes a long way. A one ince square is all you need to do the trick.
12.) Water, Water, Water – Did you know your skin is made up of 90% water? Make sure you’re drinking eight 8-oz glasses of water a day to keep your skin smooth and moisturized.