By Nicole Teh
Too often, we hear people claim to have the secret to a flawless complexion. The truth, though, is that your skin’s health is not only dependant on what you put on your body, but also by what you put in it. As our largest organ, our skin largely reflects our body’s overall health. So, instead of turning to pricey skin products aiming to replicate the fountain of youth, get yourself on a better skin diet, cleanse your skin from the inside out and reap the rewards.
The essentials of a beautiful skin diet:
Vitamin C: Helping to maintain the collagen in our skin, Vitamin C works wonders to keep the skin firm. Tired of oranges? Load up on Kiwi! Rich in Vitamins C, E and A, Kiwis contain 1.5 times the daily recommended intake for Vitamin C, more per ounce than practically any other fruit.
Vitamin E: A powerful antioxidant that decelerates the aging of skin cells, Vitamin E is also known for its ability to diminish the appearance of scars. Sunflower seeds, almonds, leafy vegetables, olives and sesame oils are all rich in Vitamin E.
Antioxidants: The warriors that fight free radicals, antioxidants (found in green tea and berries, for example,) neutralize environmental damage and protect us from cellular DNA-damage.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids: These healthy fats nourish the skin by reducing the body’s production of inflammatory agents, decreasing clogged pores and even averting fine lines and wrinkles. They help add luster and softness to our complexions while keeping our skin supple and youthful. The best sources of omega-3s are fatty fish (like salmon), walnuts and flaxseeds (a great addition to your breakfast cereal).
Vitamin A: Necessary for the development and maintenance of skin cells, a diet rich in Vitamin A (found in carrots, egg yolks and low fat dairy products) can also help prevent dryness!
Beta-Carotene: Essential for both the prevention and reduction of the inflammation associated with sunburn, foods high in beta-carotene (such as sweet potatoes, carrots, papaya, broccoli and spinach) defend the skin against sun damage.
Bottom line: we are what we eat, so work for better skin from the inside out and start loading up on foods that give skin a healthy glow.
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