There’s no doubt that food plays an important role in how healthy your skin looks. Make the right diet choices so that you can face the world with confidence.
You might think that because you’re using good skin products, you don’t have to worry too much about what you’re putting in your mouth. The truth is that your skin is what you eat. If you follow an unhealthy diet, it starts to show on your skin in the form of blemishes, dryness or dullness. On the other hand, eating correctly and insisting on skin-boosting foods gives your skin a chance to look healthy, clear and bright. The bonus of eating right is that it decreases the amount of time you need to look after your skin or remedy problems that have cropped up. Prevention really is better than cure.
Here is how to go to the source of great skin with a skin-savvy diet.
Drink it Down!
Water is essential to keep your skin looking good. If you don’t drink enough water, your skin will look tight and dry. Make sure you drink at least eight glasses of water a day so that you flush out toxins and keep your skin looking smooth, radiant and blemish-free.
Another thing you should be drinking to keep your skin looking great is green tea. Green tea contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory ingredients that can slow down the signs of ageing such as wrinkles or sagging skin. Instead of just drinking it, go one step further and apply it directly to your skin. Freeze some freshly brewed green tea into ice cubes and then use these on your face as a toner. (Note: if you don’t know your skin products too well, toner is what you apply to your face after cleansing to clear away oil or soothe the skin.) Make sure you don’t apply the ice directly to your skin from the freezer as this could burn. Rather let it thaw first.
Zap it with Zinc
Zinc is an important mineral to have in the body but it’s especially good to consume if you battle with blemished skin. Zinc helps to control oil production of the sebaceous glands, helping you achieve clearer skin. You can get zinc from food sources such as oysters, pumpkin seeds, pecans and eggs.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
If you have dry or inflamed skin that regularly sprouts whiteheads or blackheads, omega-3 fatty acids can help to repair the skin, give it moisture and make it more flexible. The body can’t produce its own essential fatty acids, which is why you need to gain them from your diet. Top up on salmon, sunflower oil and flaxseeds that all contain these fatty acids.
Selenium is an antioxidant mineral that helps to keep tissues elastic. It prevents damage to cells caused by free radicals and also protects the skin against ultraviolet light. To gain selenium in your diet, eat tuna, garlic, brown rice and whole-wheat bread. Brazil nuts are also an excellent source of this mineral and just three or four nuts a day are an easy way to help you achieve your daily requirement of selenium.
Score an A +
Vitamin A is an essential skin-saving nutrient. It helps the skin repair and if you don’t get enough of it, your skin might look dry and flaky. Foods that are high in Vitamin A content include carrots, apricots, kale, sweet potatoes and cantaloupe.
Vitamin E for Elasticity
You’ve probably noticed, either by checking out skin products in your bathroom cabinet or trawling through your girlfriend’s array of skincare, that Vitamin E plays an important role in healthy, gorgeous skin. But it shouldn’t only be bottled. Eating Vitamin E-enriched foods help the skin stay moisturised from within and it protects skin from damage. Seeds and nuts, especially almonds, are packed with Vitamin E so make sure you reach for them daily.
Vitamin C for Collagen
Vitamin C helps to produce and form collagen that supports skin, resulting in smoothness and preventing nasty wrinkles. You can find Vitamin C in fruits such as strawberries and citrus; vegetables that contain it include red peppers and broccoli.
By eating well and concentrating on skin-saving food, you can eat your way to healthier and more radiant skin your girlfriend will love to kiss.