We've all heard the saying "you are what you eat." It's a cliché, but consistently eating healthfully can really help you get you that radiant look.
Numerous studies have looked at what nutrients affect skin wrinkling, dryness and thinning. The vitamins, minerals and antioxidants present in foods like fruit, vegetables and healthy fats are consistently associated with fewer wrinkles and less age-related dryness.
Let me give you an example...
Remember the movie ‘The Devil Wears Prada’? Miranda Priestly’s assistant is desperately trying to lose weight and proudly describes her new diet: “Well, I don’t eat anything and when I feel like I’m about to faint, I eat a cube of cheese.” Chances are she was seriously low on protein and eventually her skin, hair and nails – the parts of the body she most wants to look perfect – would suffer.
I am sure you are convinced now that what you eat matters the most for a glowing, healthy skin.
Let's look at some foods that your skin would love:
Beetroot contains vitamins and minerals which make you glow instantaneously. Its anti-inflammatory property prevents outburst of a acne and pimples. By applying beetroot juice as a face mask gives you your complexion a pinkish tinge and a radiant look. If you include beetroot as a part of your skincare routine. You’ll note that all the dark spots and blemishes will disappear in 5 weeks or so, especially due to the iron, potassium, niacin, copper and vitamin C content.
PRO TIP: Drink a glass of beetroot juice to purify the blood from within and cleanse the toxins, leaving you with a healthy glow on your face.
Almonds are rich in flavonoids and Vitamin E, which is vital for skin health. They can help ward off damaging free radicals and even oxidative damage caused by smoking. Almonds also make a great source of satisfying fiber and protein, and their manganese and selenium content helps keep your hair shiny. Snack on a handful of almonds, or enjoy them in almond butter spread on apple slices.
PRO TIP: Soak 4 to 5 almonds overnight in water and eat these first thing in the morning. This is will do wonders for your skin.
Strawberries are rich in alpha-hydroxyl acid. They help get rid of dead skin cells. Strawberries also boost up collagen products, minimize fine line and wrinkle due to presence of Vitamin C. Also, Omega-3 fatty acids present in strawberries help lighten the skin tone.
PRO TIP: Mash strawberries and add 1 tablespoon of honey and 1 tablespoon of Cocoa powder. Apply it on the face, let it dry for 15 minutes and get a glowing, fresh skin.
Carrots are high in beta carotene, an antioxidants that is converted to Vitamin A inside the body. It helps repair skin tissue and protect against the skin’s harsh rash. Carrots also contain Vitamin C that aids the collagen production in the body which prevents wrinkles and locks the process of aging.
PRO TIP: Mix grated carrot with some honey and apply it as a face mask to get clear skin.
Banana contains high levels of potassium which helps moisturizes and hydrates the skin, making it look fuller, more supple and youthful. They contain various skin-healthy nutrients such as Vitamin A, B and E. The nutrients in banana work to maintain the elasticity of skin, moisturize, prevent premature aging and wrinkles, soften and rejuvenate and fade dark spots and blemishes. Add a banana to your smoothie or breakfast bowl.
PRO TIP: Mash one banana and mix some honey in it, apply it on you face and neck and wash after 20 mins. Get soft and supple skin.
This leafy green is rich in vitamin A, which is an antioxidant and promotes healthy skin cell turnover. As mentioned earlier, vitamin A is also a big ingredient found in Retin-A, a medication used to treat acne. Legend has it that applying kale topically helps diminish the visibility of bruises, scars, stretch marks, and spider veins.
PRO TIP: Make kale juice and drink it in the morning to cleanse the toxins out of your body.
Whether you have only minor skin concerns or you’re trying to manage acne, eczema, sensitive skin, or other skin health issues, the right diet can ensure you achieve and maintain your skin health goals.