You are what you eat! Like it or not, your diet affects every aspect of your health, from your inner organs to your largest organ—your skin! Certain foods have extraordinarily high protective properties, which can translate into vibrant, younger looking skin when combined with a healthy lifestyle that involves avoiding the sun and other complexion saboteurs like smoking and drinking.
Here’s a look at 5 skin super foods that may be worth adding to your diet:
Omega 3 fatty acid is the secret ingredient in fish that your skin can’t get enough of! Omega 3’s help keep skin thick, supple and hydrated. They also reduce inflammation, which can help reduce acne and redness. But there’s more! Omega 3’s also help boost your skin’s natural defenses against harmful UV rays. Pretty cool, right? Our bodies can’t make omega 3’s, which is why consuming food sources high in this nutrient, such as salmon, is so essential.
High in healthy fats and antioxidants, avocados may help to keep skin more supple and elastic, according to research. Avocados also contain compounds that help to protect your skin against sun damage. High levels of vitamin E also work to protect your skin from oxidative damage.
Red and Yellow Bell Peppers
Peppers are packed with beta-carotene and vitamin C, two important antioxidants that help to maintain your skin’s structural integrity by encouraging collagen growth. Beta-carotene also acts as a natural sunblock, protecting your skin cells from sun exposure. Other foods rich in beta-carotene include carrots, sweet potatoes and spinach.
There are so many more skin-loving foods: Walnuts, sunflower seeds, blueberries, watermelon, broccoli, tomatoes, soy, dark chocolate, green tea…
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