Face care starts with making your skin cells healthy from the inside out. If your skin is not getting the nutrients from food that it needs, you just won’t look your best. Instead of covering a blemish or hydrating a dry patch, get rid of them entirely by tossing these face-saving foods into your healthy diet. Its quite a long article, but definitely worth reading it if you are interested in the subject.
Eat healthy and let your skin show shine. xx MM
Seafood for smooth, clear and glowing skin
Most of you have heard that fish can be really good for your overall health. Several types of fish and shellfish can also work wonders for your skin, especially fatty fish and oysters. Increased omega-3 intake can reduce inflammation and dryness. Inflammation can cause skin to age faster, plus, research shows that getting too little omega-3 fatties may contribute to inflammatory disorders such as eczema and psoriasis. Omega-3 fatty acid can also help keep your heart’s arteries clear and as a result improve circulation. Better circulation is essential for skin health. Zinc can help fight acne as it is involved in metabolism of testosterone that affects the production of an oily substance causing sebum, a number one cause of acne. Zinc also takes a part in production of new cells and gets rid of dead skin. As a result your skin has a nice glow.
Coffee and tea
Drinking a single cup of coffee a day might lower the risk of developing skin cancer. In recent study of more than 93,000 women, females who drank a cup of caffeinated coffee per day reduced their risk of developing skin cancer by about 15 percent. In fact, the more they drank (up to about 5 cups per day) the lower was their risk. Caffeine basically kills precancerous and uv-damaged skin cells by blocking a protein which they need to divide.
Citrus fruits for smooth and taut skin
The active component Vitamin C is a main ingredient of tons of skin care creams. This vitamin aids in the body’s production of collagen, a protein which forms the basic structure of the skin. Collagen breakdown starts speeding up significantly after the age of 30 and leaves your skin saggy. Taking in extra vitamin C in foods like oranges, cherries and grapefruits can help prevent wrinkles by tightening your skin. This vitamin also fights inflammation since its antioxidant properties can neutralize the free radicals, highly reactive oxygen molecules which damage cells and can prematurely age your face.
Soymilk can help to preserve skin-firming collagen as it is rich in isoflavones. In one study published in 2012, people consuming soymilk had fewer wrinkles while exposing to ultraviolet radiation and smoother skin than those who were exposed to UV light but did not get isoflavones. Researchers think that isoflavones prevent collagen breakdown and thus keeping skin healthy and youthful.
Red vegetables for bright and smooth skin
Skin is the largest organ of the body. It makes sense, that everything good for the whole body is also good for your skin and it does not get much better than vegetables. You should especially want to look for red and orange vegetables like tomatoes, carrots and sweet potatoes. Orange and red veggies are full of beta carotene. Your body converts this type of carotene into vitamin A that acts as an antioxidant, preventing premature aging by preventing cell damage. In the case of vitamin A, you also get anti acne remedy that is why vitamin A has been used in acne medications for many years.
Green vegetables for shiny skin
Spinach and other green, leafy veggies provide tons of vitamin A, which helps your skin by producing more fresh new cells and getting rid of the old ones, reducing dryness and keeping your face looking young and bright.
Nuts for young and soft skin
As with some of the skinny foods on this list, the good stuff in nuts, especially almonds, is enormous antioxidant activity. Vitamin E fights against skin aging free radicals, protecting skin especially from sun damage due to UV -generated free radicals. Vitamin E also seems to help skin hold in moisture; making skin look younger and relieving dryness. Consuming vitamin E with selenium can enhance its antioxidant abilities, so go ahead and add some almonds into the cottage cheese, which is a great source of selenium, for revitalizing your skin. Almonds, walnuts and pistachios also provide a good supply of omega-3 fatty acids, one more great skin nutrient.
Whole grains for clear and moisturized skin
The whole food has whole body advantages, not the least of that is perfect skin. Whole foods are basically unprocessed, for instance, whole wheat bread instead of white bread. The whole grain buckwheat is a good source for the antioxidants, which helps reduce skin damage related with inflammation. Wheat germ provides biotin- the B vitamin assisting cells in processing fats. If you do not have enough biotin in your system, your skin can become scaly and dry. In general, whole grains instead of processed carbs improve your complexion. Processed or refined flours might cause an insulin spike, which in turn will encourage acne. Replace your refined flour pancakes with buckwheat pancakes to make a smart acne-reducing move. In fact, it would also help reduce your risk of developing diabetes.
Their orange color comes from carotenoids, a wrinkle-fighting plant pigment, which helps neutralize free radicals in your skin and thus keeps them from damaging the cells that quickly lead to aging. Pumpkin is filled with vitamins A, C, and E, as well as powerful enzymes that help to cleanse the skin as explain dermatologists. Plus, pumpkin has hydrating properties, they add. Although its seeds make a great snack filled with fiber, you will get the skin beneficial antioxidants from the pulp. In a blender or food processor, combine two cups canned pumpkin, four tbsp low-fat vanilla yogurt, four tbsp honey, and a tsp pumpkin pie spice. Apply on your face; leave on for ten minutes and then rinse. It is good for softening and hydrating skin.
Corn is an excellent source of one of the carotenoids- lutein. Just like lycopene, lutein shields the skin from sun light damage. If corn is out of season, do not hesitate to go for frozen alternatives. Frozen veggies may be even more healthful than some of the fresh products sold in markets, say plant physiologists with the agricultural research service. But what is the reason for that? Vegetables and fruits chosen for freezing seem to be processed at the peak of their ripeness, a time when, as a general rule, they are most packed with nutrients.
If you have researched natural and beauty products, you have no doubt heard that eggs are great skin-care products. There is a lot of advice recommending egg masks and skin treatments, including ancient Chinese wisdom and celebrity recommendations. Experts recommend applying egg white as a facial mask for acne. According to the dermatologists, egg white works like crazy to firm skin, reduce inflammation and redness, and stop breakouts. Egg yolks and whites work to narrow pores and tighten your skin. When you apply albumen to the face, the water evaporates and the protein changes its texture, forming a film. This makes skin feel tight. As experts describe it, it is like putting a coat of paint on face and letting it dry.
In fact almonds are seeds, not nuts, and they’re packed with vitamin E, a potent UV blocker. Volunteers who consumed 15 milligrams of the vitamin E which is about 21 almonds per day were exposed to sun light and sunburned less than participants who took none. This vitamin acts as an antioxidant and helps to protect skin cells from sun light and other environmental factors which produce cell damaging free radicals.
Get glowing skin with chocolate
Cocoa hydrates the skin, making it suppler and firmer. Plus, dark chocolate contains high levels of flavonols, a common type of antioxidant. For more flavonol content, eat the chocolate which is at least 75 percent cacao. A couple of squares per day should be enough to improve luminosity. As the experts claim applying chocolate topically, can temporarily reduce skin puffiness due to caffeine content.
Prevent wrinkles with yogurt
The protein you get from eating dairy products helps skin become firmer, so it’s more resistant to lines. Low fat yogurt is especially beneficial. The protein content is often double that of regular yogurt. Eat only one serving daily and make your complexion smoother, and apply instant soothing gel to calm dry, irritated, or sensitive skin.
Look younger with oatmeal
Steel cut oatmeal retains more vitamins as it is less processed than other varieties. In addition, it takes longer to break down in the body and helps keep blood sugar stable. This is quite important because research found spiked blood sugar to elevate body’s level of hormone androgens, which can lead to wrinkles. Oats are also exceptionally skin healers.
Protect your skin with pomegranates
Dermatologists say that pomegranates are packed with polyphenol antioxidants. This prone antioxidant fights free radicals and regulates blood flow to the skin, giving it rosiness. A single pomegranate or few glasses of juice daily should do the thing. When applied to skin, antioxidants of this fruits will help to smooth lines and moisturize.
Bright up your skin with sunflower seeds
Full of vitamin E, these seeds keep your skin supple by protecting its up layers from the sun. So go ahead and eat a handful daily. What’s more, high essential fatty acid content makes sunflower seed oil a treat for parched body parts, such as heels and lips, if topically applied.
Sweet potatoes will reduce wrinkles
Sweet potatoes can give you a healthy dose of vitamin A that has been proven to help reduce wrinkles and other signs of skin aging. There are dozens of topical creams on the market which contain vitamin A, but many dermatologists caution against using too many of such skin products, as they can be drying or irritating. The best thing is to include sweet potatoes and some more foods rich in vitamin A as part of your healthy diet.
Avocado enhances your complexion
Avocados are packed with good fats, vitamins A, fiber and vitamin C, which makes them an almost perfect healthy food that enhances complexion and slows down skin aging. It is also a common ingredient in natural or homemade skin masks, but experts say it is better to put avocado in your salad than on your skin. Masks with this fruit can cause pore clogging. You should certainly avoid it if you are prone to acne.
Choose turkey over other lunchtime meats for the high concentration of zinc. This mineral maintains elastin and collagen fibers that preserve elasticity and firmness of the skin. Which is the healthiest variety to ask for at the grocery deli counter? Smoked or roasted; flavored turkey, such as turkey pastrami or honey turkey, contains salt and sugar additives. Instead of a sandwich, have turkey with spinach leaves. The latter is another nutritious full of zinc.
Vitamin D can slow skin aging
This vitamin isn’t found naturally in the foods, but it is vital for healthy skin, especially as you get older. People usually get Vitamin D through sun lights, but if you live in a less sunny area or stay inside a lot, you need to get it through the diet. You can consume drinks enriched with vitamin D, eat foods fortified with it, or take a supplement in order to help slow the aging process.
Water hydrates your skin
There are molecules in the skin that actually bind water. Your skin will not be as plump if you body is dehydrated. Skin also becomes dry when it loses too much water, so you should drink plenty of liquids to replace daily loss of water. This liquid is also a good alternative to sugary beverages which can negatively affect the skin by causing insulin levels to rise and fall dramatically.