Ever heard the expression “You are what you eat”? Sadly, it’s completely true. When you put unhealthy foods into your body, what choice does it have but to return less-than-desirable results? Most of the time, this expression goes along with the idea that fatty foods will make a person larger, but what about food and its effect on your skin?
Studies show that what you put into your body also has a great impact on the vibrancy and health of your skin. It probably comes as no surprise that the number one “killer” of healthy skin is sugar (doesn’t it sadly seem to be the root of all evil?) But what are the foods you should eat to increase your skin’s health and beauty?
One thing your skin really needs in order to look great is a good supply of antioxidants. Without them, your skin can have some major issues like wrinkles and dryness. Sweet potatoes provide these necessary antioxidants to keep your skin looking young and hydrated. Other recommendations include eating tomatoes and cantaloupe for the same results. See a common trait? All of these foods are orange in color, and they are all healthy for the skin.
Another “must” for good-looking skin is Vitamin C. Without it, your skin is a lot more vulnerable to those nasty wrinkles we all despise. You can get Vitamin C from citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons, and grapefruits. If you aren’t a fan of them, don’t be afraid to put just a little squeeze into a smoothie. You still get the benefit without the taste. Vitamin C provides the collagen you need to keep skin strong and firm.
Dark Green Veggies
These veggies include broccoli, spinach, and dark green lettuce. These vegetables really give your skin a boost in the Vitamin A department. If your skin lacks Vitamin A, it will likely be noticeable. Your skin will look dry and tough. So look for the greens next time you visit the produce section of your grocery store.
Eating fish is another great way (and even one of the most recommended) to keep your skin healthy and beautiful. It provides necessary Omega-3 fatty acids that are essential to good skin. It restores proteins that your body needs to rebuild cells in the way that it should. Interestingly, Omega-3 has been proven to protect your skin against the sun’s harmful rays (which definitely does a number on your skin’s aging process.) It has also been shown to reduce inflammation, which ages skin as well. You can pick from a number of fish. Some recommended fish include salmon, tuna, shellfish, and trout.
While these aren’t the only foods that contribute to healthy and beautiful skin, they are definitely some of the best. So the next time you are planning your trip to buy some groceries, take them into consideration. As you eat these foods, you will likely see a drastic improvement in the look and beauty of your skin.