Surely you have heard the saying, “You are what you eat.” While you won’t turn into a hot dog just because you eat them, there is some truth to this saying; what you eat affects your health and your appearance, so in essence, you are what you eat.
While it’s obvious that your diet affects your physical health and well being, many forget that skin is also greatly affected by what we put into our bodies. That said, if you want to have healthy, glowing, and radiant skin, spending tons of money on super expensive creams and washes is not always the best solution; instead, try changing your diet. The next time you go to the grocery store, pick up these 10 items; you’ll be doing more than just your body good, you’ll be doing your skin good, too.
Greek Yogurt: If you want to keep your skin looking young and wrinkle-free, try eating Greek yogurt. The protein found in all yogurt is great for firming up your skin, but because Greek yogurt has almost double the amount of protein, it has even more of a positive effect on decreasing the appearance of those fine lines and wrinkles.
Salmon: Although most know that salmon is a super brain food, you might be surprised to learn that it also has fantastic effects on the skin. Since this fish is high in Omega-3 fatty acids, it helps to promote the development of strong and healthy membranes in the skin cells. The result? Skin that looks younger, healthier and more radiant.
Note from the Editor: If you eat a plant-based diet, you can get Omega-3 fatty acids from eating walnuts, flax seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds and other plant-based foods.
Blueberries and Strawberries: Fresh blueberries and strawberries are quite delightful to eat, and since they have a powerful effect on the skin, they are even more enjoyable. These berries are so skin-friendly because of their high concentration of antioxidants. Between exposure to the sun and environmental pollutants, skin cells are damaged each and every day. Antioxidants help to protect skin cells, preventing them from breaking down and keeping you looking younger longer.
Chocolate: For those with a sweet tooth, this will be welcome news. While you may have grown up hearing that eating too much chocolate can cause you to break out, nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, the components found in chocolate help to hydrate the skin, which makes it stronger and firmer. Eat some dark chocolate and you’ll add the benefit of antioxidants, as well. So, the next time you have a chocolate craving, indulge and know that you are actually doing a great thing for your skin.
Pomegranates: People have been buzzing about the amazing health benefits of pomegranates for some time. This super fruit is not only awesome for your physical health, it also improves your skin. Loaded with polyphenol antioxidants, pomegranates help maintain proper blood flow to the skin and protect the skin cells from damage.
Peppers: Add some peppers to your diet. These veggies, especially the yellow and orange variety, are also high in antioxidants, which are proven to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. So, spice up your favorite dishes with some raw or sautéed peppers.
Kidney Beans: Tired of breaking out with blemishes? If so, instead of reaching for those harsh pimple creams that can dry your skin out, try eating some kidney beans. These legumes are bursting with zinc, which has been found to reduce blemishes.
Apple Cider Vinegar: Although not a food, per say, it is something that can be consumed and does wonders for the skin. Drink a spoonful of raw apple cider vinegar mixed with a glass of cold water each day and you will have less blemishes and a healthier glow.
Oatmeal: Oatmeal is packed with nutrients that heal the skin. Add some strawberries and blueberries and you’ve got the perfect meal for your skin.
Almonds: Last but not least, don’t forget about almonds. These seeds (yep, they’re seeds) are loaded with vitamin E, which helps to combat the damaging effects of the sun and strengthens the skin cells.
In addition to adding these fabulous skin-friendly foods to your diet, arrange to have a spa treatment at least once a year. Such a treatment will deeply exfoliate, cleanse, and hydrate your skin, making it look its absolute best.
About the Author: Tara Heath is a freelance writer in Southern California. She specializes in beauty and health topics, and is always on the lookout for foods to improve the look of her skin.