Let your food be your medicine, we were told by Hippocrates, the father of medicine. Indeed, good food keeps every organ and system in the body functioning optimally. It also offers the bonus of glowing skin that is soft and smooth.
The following 10 foods will do wonders for your skin;
Stay smooth and keep wrinkles at bay with yoghurt. The protein in yoghurt keeps skin firm. Make the most of it by choosing low fat, low sugar yoghurt with a topping of fresh fruit.
Get rosy with pomegranates. They are packed with polyphenol antioxidants which fight free radicals and keep blood to the skin regulated.
Improve skin elasticity with walnuts. The omega 3 essential fatty acids do this and the copper boosts collagen production.
Keep skin prepped with peppers. Eating yellow and green peppers frequently reduces wrinkles, especially the crow’s feet that appear around the eyes. Peppers also contain carotenoids, a type of antioxidant that decreases skin sensitivity to the sun.
Brighten up your skin with a daily handful of sunflower seeds. The high vitamin E content keeps skin supple by protecting the top layers of it from sun damage.
Keep skin clear with kidney beans which are rich in zinc, a mineral that has healing properties that can reduce zits and other blemishes.
Even things out with soy products like soy milk or a soy shake. Soy has proteins and minerals that have been proven to reduce hyperpigmentation. Eating edamame has the same result.
Turn back the hands of time with oats. Steel-cut oats are less processed and are richer in vitamins. Oats take longer to digest which keeps blood sugar stable which is important because spiked blood sugar levels have been found to increase the quantity of androgens, the hormones that can add to the formation of wrinkles. Oats are also very healing to the skin.
Go green and avoid the red. Green tea is very high in antioxidants, particularly green tea with EGCG which is very effective for reducing skin redness and reducing inflammation.
Lastly, it’s not really food but chocolate is actually good for the skin. Cocoa is great for skin hydration which makes it firmer and more supple. In particular, dark chocolate is rich in flavonols which is a very strong antioxidant. Just a couple of squares of dark chocolate that has at least 70% cocoa will do the trick.
Note that use of skin products that are rich in the above foods are also effective for keeping skin in mint condition