If you’ve read our previous blogs you’ll have seen our numerous mentions about how diet, and lifestyle can affect your skin. Here we’ll take a look at some of the most important foods to eat in order to maintain healthy and radiant skin.
Oily Fish: Omega-3 gets a lot of buzz in health circles for it’s benefits to brain health. If your skin gets regularly dry it could be a symptom of a lack of Omega-3 in your diet. It also reduces inflammation, which can cause you to look puffy. Too much inflammation in your body can cause redness, and even acne.
Dark Chocolate: Not only is cocoa great for the skin applied externally, but internally as well. Chocolate with a 70%+ cocoa content has been gaining traction in it’s ability to help skin health. Consuming cocoa can even help skin fight against UV-rays, withstanding double the amount before burning. Other studies have also seen improvements in circulation which allows your skin to exfoliate, and reduces incidences of dull skin.
Green Tea: Similar to dark chocolate, green tea also seems to boost UV protection via it’s anti-oxidant rich catechiens. It can also improve the elasticity, moisture, and thickness of skin. These benefits could be in large part due to green teas ability to help your circulation. However, the exact mechanism is not fully understood, and many of its benefits decrease if consumed with milk. Green tea also has sun protecting properties.
Avocados: Packed full of polyunsaturated, and monounsaturated fats both of which are associated with more supple, and springy skin.
Broccoli: Broccoli contains a compound called sulforaphane which seem to help fight certain types of skin cancer. Broccoli is also packed with vitamin C, A, and zinc.
Tomatoes: Tomatoes contain beta-carotene, which has been demonstrated to protect against sun damage, and wrinkles.
Sweet Potatoes: Another great source of beta-carotene.
Sunflower Seeds: These contain ionic acid, which help you skin stay thick, moisturized, and flexible. Thick skin may sound weird, but it’s actually a great thing. When your skin thins you are prone to sagging, and showing veins. You can commonly see it in elderly people.
Walnuts: If you’re a vegetarian and unable to consume oily fish, then this a good alternative for your daily dose of Omega-3 fatty acid.
Soy: Most of soy’s benefits seem to have been studied on women, so men might want to proceed with a grain of salt. A study of 30 women over a 12 week period consuming soy isoflavanois has been shown to increase skin elasticity. In women who have been through menopause soy has also been shown to increase collagen, and moisture levels in skin.