That old saying, ‘you are what you eat’ is never more relevant than when it comes to your skin. While some of us are more fortunate in the genetic lottery than others, there are small lifestyle changes anyone can make to improve their complexion. Sunshine, skincare, hydration, and moderate physical exercise are just a of the few ways to help clear your skin, but if you eat good quality food, and the right kinds of food, you’re all but guaranteed to find yourself with creamier, more supple, and richer skin.
Fish are rich in protein, and more importantly, omega 3 oils. An omega 3 deficiency can cause dry skin, whilst it has been proved to reduce acne and inflammation and protect against harmful UV rays. Fatty fish are also rich in Vitamin E, which also prevents inflammation protects your immune system from autoimmune disorders that might affect your skin, like psoriasis. Salmon, tuna, cod, tuna, mackerel, and herring are some of the most widely available and sustainably fished options on the fishmonger’s menu.
Oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruits, satsumas, and tangerines are rich in Vitamin C, which is vital to maintain your skin’s elasticity. They are also replete with other important elements and minerals like magnesium, copper, phosphorus, and potassium, and contain large amounts of antioxidants. But please note that grapefruits interact with some medications and be careful to only consume fruit in moderation: fruit is rich in sugar, and fruit juice considerably more so, and too consuming too much sugar will negatively impact your skin’s, and your body’s, health.
Nuts, Seeds And Beans
Flaxseeds and chia seeds are all rich in omega-3 oils, as well as protein, which is also good for your nails and hair follicles. The same goes for almonds, pecans, and walnuts, whether whole, ground, or buttered. Sunflower seeds are a Vitamin E superfood. Edamame and kidney beans are also rich in Vitamin E and Zinc respectively, the latter being another mineral known to prevent acne.
Green Tea And Coffee
Antioxidants, which help prevent the skin from ‘oxidizing’ under the sun’s UV light, are vital to lessen the effects of the skin’s aging process. Green tea is rich in both antioxidants and polyphenols. Polyphenols, studies have shown, also help prevent cancer and wrinkles. Moist green tea bags are a quick home treatment for dark eye rings.
Veggies And Leafy Greens
Finally, a good reason to eat your side salad while playing mobile NZ pokies. Lettuces, spinach, cabbage, and kale are packed full of lutein and zeaxanthin, the carotene compounds that are responsible for the skin’s pigment and will improve the tone of your skin. Mushrooms contain large amounts of selenium, another mineral responsible for skin repair, and bell peppers are rich in Vitamin C. And Vitamin A, which improves the skin’s oil production, is found in carrots in abundance. Finally, broccoli is a good source of both of those vitamins, as well as Vitamin K which also quickens skin repair.