Healthy foods not only benefit the skin as well as your overall health, but they’re cheap and much safer than chemical skincare products too! Rather than spending endless amounts of money of different skincare products which often only suit specific skin types, eating the right foods and nutrients can have the same results and work wonders for everyone, no matter what your natural skin type may be. There are a wide variety of natural foods which can help to heal the skin and make sure it is healthy, but here is my pick of the five best ones out there…
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1. Green Tea
Green tea contains antioxidants which is very beneficial for the skin as it can protect cell membranes from free radicals (harmful little toxins in the environment!) and it helps to reduce inflammation too. In addition to this green tea can also help to eliminate damage from sunburn and overexposure to ultraviolet light, which will therefore mean the risk of skin cancer can be reduced. Green tea also contains polyphenols, vitamins C, D and K, zinc, calcium and iron which are all essential to a truly healthy complexion.
Out of everything you could possibly eat or drink to keep your skin (and your body) healthy, this has to be the best one! Not only is it absolutely essential to healthy, balanced skin but it’s also free (well, once you’ve paid your water bill), so you really have no excuse.Water keeps the skin hydrated to keep it healthy, youthful and refreshed. Water is used to nourish skin cells and eliminate toxins but although pretty much every beverage contains water, pure water or natural fruit juice is best – sugary fruit juices, caffeine-filled coffees and high-calorie milkshakes may provide your skin with water, but they’re not the healthiest option due to the additional ingredients they contain.
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Salmon contains high levels of healthy fatty acids such as omega-3 which are important to achieve healthy skin. They ensure that cell membranes remain heathly and cells plumped up, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and firming sagging skin.
Carrots are another food source which can help you to achieve healthy skin due to the fact that they are so rich in Vitamin A (oh, and it helps your eyesight too – hence that old wive’s tale that they’ll make you see in the dark!). This nutrient is important for the skin because a lack of Vitamin A can cause dry skin, and it is essential for the development of skin cells. As well as this carrots contain antioxidants which can be used to prevent damage to the skin cells caused by free radicals. They are also great sources of Vitamins K and C as well as fiber and potassium which can all help to ensure you are healthy.
Blueberries are yet another food that contains a high level of antioxidants, preventing free radicals from causing damage to skin cells. Protected skin is healthy skin, and will keep that beautiful, youthful glow well into your 30s, 40s and even 50s if cared for well. Blueberries also contain Vitamin C, E and soluble and insoluble fiber which are great nutrients for healthy skin.
Do you know any other foods that are beneficial to the skin?