Those who desire youthful and healthy looking skin, have to watch what they put into their mouth. There is a strong correlation between the quality and luster of your skin and your diet, with absolutely no ifs and buts here. Just as essential fats and antioxidants replenish and protect your skin; greasy fries, sodas and alcohol dehydrate and suffocate your skin. Since eating right is the prescription for good skin, here’s our pick of the best beautiful skin foods for you:
Green tea: The next best skin elixir after water, green tea reduces sun damage by quenching free radicals and reducing inflammation caused by UV rays. Also the the topical green tea polyphenols slow down signs of aging. Drink 2-3 cups of green tea a day and also consider applying green tea based formulations under your sunscreen to shield your skin.
Berries: Blueberries, blackberries, strawberries…toss plenty of these antioxidant rich berries in your cereals and salads. Loaded with antioxidant compounds they are very effective in neutralizing damaging free radicals that lead to skin cell damage and premature skin aging. Plus berries help the body manufacture collagen, which makes the skin supple and smooth.
Carrot: These are high sources of beta-carotene that get converted to vitamin A and C in the body…. While A aids in the development of skin cells, maintenance of skin health, and protects skin from dryness, C mops up free radicals. Eating carrots can act as a natural sunscreen, providing a SPF factor of 2 to 4. This is a good reason to devour an occasional slice of carrot cake!
Tomato: Every skin type benefits from this anti-oxidant powerhouse that boasts of Vitamin C, K, A, and lycopene. Lycopene, the pigment responsible for its red color, is the most efficient quencher of free radicals and naturally raises the sun protection factor of the skin. For a topical skin treatment try this… Mix tomato juice and honey and use it as a mask on your face and neck, and wash off after about 15 minutes
Avocado: Loaded with good mono saturated fats and omega 3-fatty acids, they keep skin plump and youthful looking. Avocados contain both vitamin C and vitamin E, which act well together as a powerful skin anti-aging combination.
Dark greens: Be it broccoli, spinach or kale…the darker the better for your skin. Rich in vitamins these ensure faster skin renewal to keep you looking fresh and blemish-free.
Fish: Shellfish, tuna, salmon… this is the holy trinity of good skin, being rich in essential good fatty acids and omega 3s, these keep your skin moisturized, decrease the occurrence of clogged pores, and improves elasticity. They strengthen skin membrane, keeping water in and harmful substances out. Salmon is also high in selenium, which improves various skin problems and overall skin health.
Brazilian nuts: An excellent source of the mineral selenium, it fights the deterioration of collagen and elastin in your skin. The anti-oxidants contribute to anti-aging of skin and good overall skin health.
Dairy: Direct source of Vitamin A, low-fat dairy products are a good addition to your diet for overall skin health and anti-aging care.
Pomegranate: Good source of vitamin C, it is necessary for natural skin growth and freshness. Also regulates sebum production and growth of the cells and hair follicles, so a deficiency causes acne and skin flares.
So to keep your skin looking radiant and glowing feed skin from within. You are what you eat, so eat beautifully!
By Sangeeta Barua for Klara Beauty Lab