Sometimes a dresser full of skincare products just doesn’t cut it. You can have the most kick-ass moisturizer, yet still suffer from problematic skin if you’re not an advocate of healthy habits. Eating healthy has a host of benefits that result to luscious, glowing skin. So it’s time to put that cheeseburger down and rethink your weekly grocery trips.
Always think of the body is a system, meaning you usually can’t fix problems by just treating one cause of the ailment. While an endless stream of chemical peels will undoubtedly have an effect on the skin, sometimes that coveted glow is so much simpler (and cheaper!) to achieve.The trick might not even be in available in the shelves of your favorite beauty haunt. Sometimes the answer can lie in the vegetable or produce section of your unassuming grocery store.
Here’s a list of 5 essential superfoods to look out for if you want to jumpstart your skin’s health.
An daily dose of yogurt not only does wonders for your waistline, it can also help keep the suppleness of your skin. The amount of protein in yogurt is happily absorbed by the body ad converted into amino acids which are the building blocks for regenerating skin cells. If you want to speed up the process, Greek yogurt, which has almost twice the protein content of regular yogurt, is an even better bet for keep your skin in tip-top shape.
Aside from proteins, dairy is also an excellent source of vitamin A. Vitamin A is responsible for stimulating skin cell repair and collagen and elastin production as well. The A in Vitamin A might as well stand for anti-aging, as this is one of the key vitamins you need if you want to prevent the appearance of wrinkles for as long as possible.
This video explains how to make your own yogurt at home:
Berries are the ultimate example of a superfood. The anti-oxidant content of those plump juicy strawberries are practically off the charts. Together with Blackberries, plums, blueberries and the like, these wonder foods should be consumed as often as possible for superior skin health.
Think of anti-oxidants as the front lines of skin’s defense system against harsh elements such as pollution and bacteria. One of the main things that antioxidants protect against is free radicals. Free radicals are floating particles that tend to stick to skin after excessive sun or pollution exposure. These pesky free radicals then slowly damage skin cells and cause dull, flaky skin. Cue in the antioxidants. Antioxidants are free radical fighters because they help protect the cell from premature damage.
3. Cold-pressed Organic Oils
Oily skin might be your pet peeve, but that’s no reason not to consume a tablespoon or two of healthy, cold-pressed, organic oils for additional skin benefit. Oils such as sunflower or coconut oil are a goldmine for essential fatty acids that help maintain the lubrication of the skin.
Essential fatty acids are the skin’s best friend when it comes to creating healthy skin membranes that’s responsible for protection as well as nutrient transfer to the skin. The skin membrane is also responsible for keeping the skin’s moisture from seeping through, so the healthier your cell membrane the better your skin will be.
Watch this video to know beauty benefits of organic coconut oil for skin and hair:
4. Wholegrain Carbohydrates
It’s about time to stop the hate on carbohydrates. Not only are they great at making one feel full, consuming them also comes with a host of skin-improving benefits.
The fibre for whole grains contain a good amount of phyto-estrogens that keep our hormones from going haywire. Whole grains also contain Zinc which aids in regulating the function of sebaceous glands and in repairing skin damage.
Do you knows the difference between good carbs and bad carbs? If no, watch this helpful video:
There’s another reason for upping your consumption of your favorite food flavoring! Aside from the robust flavors, as little as one clove of this wonder vegetable contains Vitamin A, B, C, calcium, iron, and even potassium. The dizzying amount of polyphenols and antioxidants that the skin just drink in definitely ups garlic’s status as a skin superfood.
Aside from the benefits I’ve already mentioned, garlic also has proven antibacterial and antiviral properties, so it also helps keep your immune system in check. Even topical application of garlic has shown to have effects against skin rashes or warts, how’s that for being such an indispensable pantry staple?
Not only are all the foods listed above heaping with vitamins and nutrients, they’re also some of the yummiest buys you can make in the supermarket. That means stocking up on the foods listed above won’t just be good news for your complexion, your palate will thank you as well! Who says making healthy choices for the skin has to be a pain?
Dr. Robert Kale is well-known cosmetologist and food advisor from Australia. He also contributes to Mitch & Mia Cosmetics, where he writes about skin basics and hair loss.
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