Who doesn’t want gorgeous skin? And while your beauty stash might be protecting your skin from the outside, it’s time to consider how you can boost the look of your skin from the inside with these 10 foods. Get ready to eat and be beautiful.
Forget the debate whether tomatoes are fruits or vegetables and just love them for their healthy benefits, including gorgeous skin. Dermatologist Dr. Jessica Wu tells Forbes that tomatoes (especially cooked ones) are high in lycopene, an antioxidant that can help fight free radicals (thanks for those sun damage). Her tip: the redder the tomato the higher the antioxidant content.
2. Tropical Fruit
Another antioxidant your skin craves? Vitamin C, and tropical fruit is loaded with it. Registered dietitian Joy Bauer says guava, pineapple, papaya, kiwi, and other tropical fruits contain vitamin C that helps protect skin against free radical damage. And the vitamin also helps the body produce collagen, which gives skin its firmness and youthful appeal.
Think of beets as your skin’s way to detox. They stimulate the lymphatic system and remove waste from cells, nutritionist Dana James tells Elle.com. They also boost oxygen in the blood, which makes skin brighter.
4. Water-rich Foods
Water has a good reputation for being beneficial for skin, and hydrating foods are helpful too, shows a story in GQ. Foods, like watermelon, cucumbers, tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant and carrots, help the body retain water. And unlike water, you’ll get the boost of antioxidants from their colorful flesh and skins.
5. Green Tea
Bored of water? Try green tea, suggests a story from rd.com. It’s on this list because green tea contains skin-boosting polyphenols. Sip on four cups a day, reports the story.
You know that antioxidants are good for skin from the above foods on the list, but one superfood powerhouse should not be missed in a skin diet: blueberries. The antiaging berries have the most antioxidants per serving compared to other commonly consumed fruits and berries, reports totalbeauty.com.
Don’t forget about grains. Oats are high in calcium, potassium, magnesium, vitamin E, B vitamins, protein and more, according to marieclaire.co.uk, which all are good for the skin. Plus, it helps with the physical signs of stress and tiredness.
8. Dark chocolate
Swap your milk chocolate for dark chocolate. Not only will you be avoiding any skin reactions to dairy, but you’ll also be boosting your intake of flavonols. These antioxidants, reports Men’s Fitness, may help complexion skin texture and give a greater resistance to UV damage.
9. Baked, Steamed or Roasted Food
By opting or baked, steamed or roasted foods, you’ll be skipping out on fried foods. How is that good for skin? Fried foods cause damage to the cellular structure of the skin at the dermis and epidermis levels. And that can lead to sallow, aged skin and cystic acne, suggests a story at yahoo.com.
Add this spice to more of your cooking, now that you know about its skin healthy possibilities. Also high in antioxidants, turmeric is great for helping inflammation, which can host a bunch of skin issues, reports mindbodygreen.com.