We all want amazing skin. But, how do you get the radiant glow, or keep wrinkles at bay, or erase years of sun damage? It might be easier than you think. Certain foods have a powerful effect on your complexion. Here are seven foods that will help you with your complexion and you might find them right in your refrigerator.
Water: The skin is our largest organ. It’s the body’s first line of defense. It not only protects us, but it also helps remove toxins from the body. When your skin is hydrated it is less likely to crack and let in bacteria that can cause blemishes or illness. Hydrated skin also supports collagen to work effectively. Dehydrated skin looks dull and wrinkles are more visible. When the skin is hydrated, it looks plump and the signs of aging are minimalized.
Walnuts: Walnuts contain Omega3 essential fatty acids. Omega 3 essential fatty acids allow water and nutrients into the body, which in turn helps with the skin’s elasticity. These nuts are loaded with copper, a mineral that help boost collagen production. The recommended daily serving of walnuts is one ounce, or about 12-14 walnut halves.
Strawberries: Strawberries are rich in vitamins, especially vitamin C. Vitamin C fights free radicals and helps with the production of collagen fibers. This helps keep the skin smooth and prevents the skin from sagging. Also, vitamin C helps with reducing the brown spots on the skin.
Blueberries: These mighty berries help protect your skin from many skin conditions, such as premature aging, oil production, and redness. Blueberries are packed with vitamins A, C and E. Eating blueberries regularly can help brighten up dull skin. Vitamin C helps naturalize free radicals that can cause signs of aging. Also, blueberries normalize oil levels in your skin, making it less likely to accumulate sebum (oil on your face). In addition, the vitamin C in blueberries can help strengthen the blood vessels under the skin. This can help with skin that has fine red lines or red splotches on the face.
Tomatoes: Tomatoes have lycopene which is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that helps protect the skin from environmental factors that can cause acne. It also improves the skins natural SPF and offers more protection from sun burns. But, this does not mean you can forgo sunscreen.
Sweet Potatoes: This potato isn’t for holiday dinners. It should be eaten year round. Sweet Potatoes are chalk full of vitamin A. Vitamin A helps reduce wrinkles, fade sun spots, and helps with smoother skin. It also stimulates the productions on collagen.
Spinach: Spinach is rich in nutrients and vitamins. Vitamin E helps retain the skin’s natural moisture. Also, Vitamin E is an antioxidant which helps protect your skin against damage from the sun’s UV rays. Spinach is an excellent source of iron. Iron helps transport oxygen throughout the body. When oxygen is not transported with the body efficiently, your skin can look pale. Spinach also has vitamin K, which helps strengthen the blood vessel walls. This helps reduce dark circles under the eyes. Vitamin K helps with keeping your skin clear and reduces skin inflammation because it promotes blood circulation.
Blog Written by Downtown & Mequon Esthetician, Alexandra.