Maybe you’ve heard the saying, “You are what you eat.” This is actually true and what you put into your body effects how it functions on the inside, and how it looks on the outside. There are many antioxidants and minerals found in certain foods and here are my top picks that will help you achieve better skin.
“What?” you may be thinking, but yes, dark chocolate contains high levels of a potent antioxidant called flavonols. This antioxidant can help to hydrate your skin, making it firmer, improving circulation and helping increase your skin’s luminosity. When picking out a couple of squares of dark chocolate, make sure you eat only the types that have at least 70% cacao. Don’t go too crazy though! All you need are two small squares of chocolate a day to keep aging skin away.
Who knew that a shiny, ripe, and juicy tomato could have such positive effects on skin? Tomatoes contain the antioxidant lycopene, which helps improves your skin’s natural SPF. Keep in mind that it’s not a replacement for your regular sunscreen, so you’ll still need to slather it on before leaving your home.
These tiny fishes pack a whopping amount of omega-3’s in just one serving. A 3.5 ounce sardine can contain 1.5 grams of omega-3, giving you the most bang for your buck. Omega-3 fatty acids are known to be an anti-inflammatory, essential for your skin since inflammation is a known cause of acne. If you’re not too keen on eating sardines, then you can still get the same benefit with a serving of salmon. If you’re not a fish eater at all, try eating a handful of walnuts to get your daily dose of omega-3 fatty acids.
Berries, such as strawberries and blackberries, have a high antioxidant content. The atmosphere is full of free radicals, with the sun being the biggest perpetrator, which can lead to the damage of the membrane in our skin cells. However, eating a daily dose of yummy berries can help you combat the free radical attacks by protecting your cells. The phytochemicals and antioxidants found in berries, act as a protective defense, causing less damage. With less damage to the cells, you’re also guarding against premature aging, helping your skin to look younger for longer.
5. Green Tea
Ok, you got me! You don’t actually eat green tea, but sipping on this savory drink can help to reduce redness and inflammation in the skin. Green tea is high in many antioxidants, including one named EGCG, which helps to tame red skin. Many studies have also show that green tea helps with inflammation. Aim to drink one cup of green tea a day to gain a powerful punch in antioxidants.
Taking your skin care regiment from the bathroom to the supermarket is just another way to keep your skin youthful in appearance and feel!
Happy eating everyone!