They say you are what you eat, and that couldn’t be truer when it comes to keeping your skin fresh and healthy. While there are many great anti-aging products out there, like wrinkle creams or serum for dark circle reduction, you can really make yourself look younger by eating the right foods.
While you can’t really say that any complete diet will be great for your skin, there are a number of specific foods that are. Try to add as many of these as you can to your regular meal plan, if you aren’t already enjoying them already.
This is one ingredient that you should have on the menu for a whole range of health reasons, not just to keep your skin glowing. All you need is about 2 tsp to help your skin (and the rest of you) stay healthy. The fat content in olive oil is the “good” monounsaturated kind and that is what your skin needs to keep it moisturized from the inside and to maintain its elastic nature to prevent wrinkles and age spots.
Just one cup a day is enough of this lovely beverage to add polyphenols and antioxidants to your diet to help your skin tone. The antioxidants are the key here, as they help repair the cellular damage that is caused by sunlight, chemical toxins and general environmental pollution. For your skin, that means a smoother and tighter tone even as you are aging.
These oily little fish may not be the tastiest entry on our list, but your skin will thank you if you eat them a little more often. You’ll get more of those healthy oils, as well as the famous omega-3 fatty acids we hear so much about. They keep your skin as well as your hair well nourished and full of moisture.
You don’t always hear about tomatoes as a good food choice for your skin, but it has one unique compound you should know about. Tomatoes are an excellent source of lycopene (which is an antioxidant), which helps build your natural resistance to UV damage from the sun. Sunlight slowly but surely can damage your skin, which is why its recommended that you wear a light sunscreen on your face all year long. So, by increasing your lycopene intake with tomatoes (cooked ones ideally), you can help protect your skin even more.
If you like the idea of adding more fatty acids to your diet but don’t want the fish, you can start snacking on walnuts instead. They also have a nice dose of omega fatty acids as well as some extra protein for healthy skin repair.
Though people like to talk about kale, most dark leafy greens are healthy for your body and your skin. You can choose from kale, spinach, chard, or collard greens to get the same benefits of high vitamin and mineral content. In particular, these foods are high in vitamins C and A, both vital for skin repair and for their antioxidant capabilities.
So, avoid processed junk food and add in a few of these gems to your daily food choices and you will see glowing improvement in your skin as well as the rest of your body.