Friday, 13 March 2015

11 Foods for Healthy Skin

1. Strawberries



Strawberries have more anti-aging vitamin C per serving than oranges or grapefruit. And research shows that people who eat foods rich in vitamin C have fewer wrinkles and less age-related dry skin than those who don’t.

Vitamin C fights free radicals, which damage cells and break down collagen, leading to fine lines. For smoother, better-hydrated skin, apply a natural berry mask once or twice a week, and eat vitamin C–rich foods daily.



2. Olive oil

 

The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of olive oil don’t just benefit you on the inside—they soften your skin, too. Ancient Romans massaged olive oil into their skin. When used topically, olive oil results in smoother, more radiant skin. Plus, consuming olive oil, a staple in the healthy Mediterranean diet, provides antioxidants to disarm free radicals and reduce inflammation. In addition to working olive oil into your daily diet, apply as a lip gloss and skin soother, as needed. If you have dry skin, you’ll particularly benefit from topical application.



3. Green tea

Curling up to a cup of green tea does a lot more than relax you. Green tea is filled with inflammation-fighting antioxidants.

What’s more, research shows that drinking green tea may reduce your risk of skin cancer. And when you add a generous squeeze of citrus juice, the tea’s antioxidants get a boost of staying power, so they remain in and benefit the body longer, rather than being digested quickly and having much of the goodness go down the drain.



4. Pumpkin

Pumpkin’s orange hue is from carotenoids, wrinkle-fighting plant pigments that help neutralize free radicals in the skin, keeping them from damaging the cells that fast-forward aging. Pumpkin is filled with vitamins C, E, and A, as well as powerful enzymes that help to cleanse the skin. Plus, pumpkin has hydrating properties, Ionescu adds. Although the seeds make a great fiber-filled snack, you get the skin-saving antioxidants from the pulp.



5. Pomegranate

Pomegranates are one of the most antioxidant-rich fruits.
Research shows this fruit’s juice has more inflammation-fighting antioxidants than red wine or green tea. Eat some fresh pomegranate or use it in an age-fighting scrub.
Apply once or twice a week to remove dead skin cells.


6. Yogurt 



 
The protein you get from eating dairy helps skin become firmer, so it's more resistant to lines. Yogurt is especially beneficial. The protein content is often double that of regular yogurt. adds. Eat a single serving daily to make your complexion smoother,


7. Walnuts

Walnuts contain omega-3 essential fatty acids, which can improve skin's elasticity. The nuts are also loaded with copper, a mineral that boosts collagen production. Snack on a handful of walnuts each day to improve your complexion's texture,





8. Peppers

 

Women who eat green and yellow vegetables regularly tend to have fewer wrinkles, especially around the eyes. Also, studies found that carotenoids — the antioxidants in yellow and orange veggies can decrease skin's sensitivity to the sun.  Aim for about two cups of peppers daily.




9. Sunflower Seeds

Loaded with vitamin E, sunflower seeds keep your skin supple by protecting its top layers from the sun. Eat a handful daily. A high essential-fatty-acid content makes sunflower seed oil a treat for parched body parts, such as lips and heels, when topically applied.


  

10. Oatmeal


 
Steel-cut oatmeal is less processed than other varieties, so it retains more vitamins. Plus, it takes longer to break down in your body, which helps keep your blood sugar stable. This is important because studies found that spiked blood sugar elevates your body's level of androgens, hormones that can contribute to wrinkles. Oats are also exceptionally skin healing.


11. Tomato


The humble tomato is known throughout the world through its many different varieties. Beyond its benefits as a food, its vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants provide many additional health benefits one area where it is especially valuable is its ability to aid in healthy, glowing skin.
Tomatoes are a great addition to a regular beauty regimen, no matter in adding moisture, fighting acne and adding radiance.


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