Maintaining a proper diet is not only an essential part of staying healthy and fit but also a great way of keep beautiful and clear skin. Here are a few foods that you can incorporate into your diet to get a natural glow without spending the 100s of dollars on beauty products!
1. Water: this is an essential part of anyone’s diet and it is a primary skin care “product”. Water removes toxins from your body. The more water you drink, the more toxins are removed from your body, the healthier your skin looks!
2. Green tea: is full of antioxidants and has a lot of health benefits including maintaining healthy skin. You can drink it hot or cold but try to avoid mixing it with sugar or milk in order to reap the full benefits.
3. Avocado: is not only delicious but also filled with essential oils and B-complex vitamins which are good for your skin. The high levels of Niacin found in this fruit act as an anti-inflamatory and sooths irritated skin. Don’t be so quick to discard the peel which is rich in oils and Vitamin E. You can use the peel as a overnight face mask by just rubbing the inside of it on to your face before bed !
4. Cantaloupe: is another food which is great for your skin. It is rich in antioxidants which increases your body’s ability to absorb free radicals which in turn reduces skin problems.
5. Flax seed oil: is a great source of essential fatty acid which unclog pores and consequently reduce acne. It is also full of omega 3s which hydrate your skin!
6. Tomatoes: like cantaloupe tomatoes are rich in anti-oxidants. Some studies suggest that cooking the tomatoes may make these antioxidants more potent. Mixing tomato juice and honey is a great face mask for all skin types (let it sit for 15minutes before washing it off).
7. Purple/Red fruits and Berries: including blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, and plums are all rich in antioxidants which we already know are good for our skin!
8. Pomegranate: contains anthocyanin which strengthen the walls of the tiny blood vessels that supply nutrients to your skin. Consuming pomegranate may stop or limit the formation if varicose veins (spider veins).
9. Broccoli, carrots and Spinach: all have a number of health benefits. One of these is that they contain plenty of Vitamin A, which is essential in regenerating skin cells quicker. This gives the skin a constant fresh and healthy look.
10. Sweet potatoes: an alternative to the cantaloupe, berry, and tomato options that you can use to get those free radicals flowing healthfully throughout your body and fight off skin problems.
12. Omega3 Rich Fish Dishes: such as tuna, shellfish, sardines and salmon are great for your skin. Omega3 is considered a “good fat” that wards off inflammation.
13. Grapefruits and Oranges: are rich in Vitamin C which delays and reduces the formation of wrinkles/skin damage. Vitamin C also plays a key role in the production of collagen, which is structural protein in your skin.
14. Mushrooms: are rich in riboflavin is found which is involved in tissue maintenance and repair. It also improves skin blemishes caused by rosacea.
15. Wheat Germ: is super nutritious. It is a good source of biotin which is that essential for healthy skin. A mild biotin deficiency can cause dermatitis a condition characterized by itchy, scaly skin.