Does food really effect your skin?
We all know that eating fruits and vegetables are the key to looking healthy and losing weight. The benefits are endless as they lower your risk of chronic disease, improves digestion, and supplies crucial vitamins including vitamins A & C and a myriad of other nutrients.
What’s more exciting about maintaining a healthy diet are the effects that it has on your skin. Yes! Choosing a healthy lifestyle not only lifts your mind, mood, and body, but also, clears up your skin and cleanses your system. The antioxidants and vitamins work internally to help you achieve that coveted glowing skin. Ever notice people who are known to be vegetarians or vegans have a natural glow to their face?
Here are our top picks for the best foods for your skin.
Strawberries have more anti-aging vitamin C per serving than oranges and grapefruits. Why is vitamin C so often touted as the goto vitamin? Aside from the obvious immunity boosting effects, vitamin C helps reduce pigmentation and dark spots. Vitamin C achieves this by fighting free radicals, which are molecules in your skin that change when they’re exposed to the sun for too long. These prevent your skin from producing collagen which leads to wrinkles. According to The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, people who had higher vitamin C intake had a lower likelihood of wrinkles in their appearance. For smoother, better-hydrated skin, apply a natural berry mask once or twice a week, and eat vitamin C–rich foods daily.
Green tea is our next favorite choice as studies have shown that green tea is actually linked to cell rejuvenation according to Dr. Stephen Hsu, a cell biologist at the Medical College of Georgia.. The ingredient, green tea polyphenol, EGCG, helps the layer of the skin rejuvenate during the renewal cycle which happens to all of us every month. The EGCG ingredient will help our skin slow down it’s aging process. Our advice is to drink at least 1 cup a day for an antioxidant boost.You can also use the tea bags afterwards as a added boost for your hill damp tea bags in the fridge and put on eyes for 10–15 minutes. Green tea contains tannins, which acts as an astringent when applied to skin and can help reduce puffiness.
Pumpkins are more than just Halloween decor and pie filling, they are anti-aging power houses. The pumpkin’s orange hue comes from carotenoids- wrinkle-fighting plant pigments that help neutralize free radicals in the skin. The carotenoids prevent the free radicals from damaging the cells that fast-forward aging. “Pumpkin is filled with vitamins C, E, and A, as well as powerful enzymes that help to cleanse the skin,” explains dermatologist Kenneth Beer, author of Palm Beach Perfect Skin.
The key is to consume foods that are rich in antioxidants. Some other fruits that are filled with antioxidants are pomegranates, blueberries, cranberries and blackberries (I think we see a pattern here ;)). As for vegetables, Small red beans, kidney beans and artichokes are all rich in vitamin A, C, and E. Healthy food choices not only lead to to a clean body and a clear mind it also leads to a more youthful look and glowing skin.