The old adage of you are what you eat is 100% true, for what you eat really do affect your skin. You are what you apply to your skin is also true as vitamins and food-related ingredients promote excellent benefits to your skin through topical application. This is why the beauty brands have been packing their beauty products with vitamins and food-related ingredients. Just have a look at the labels the next time you step into a beauty shop. You will notice ingredients like green tea, honey, pomegranates, apple in the beauty products. In this article, we will see how six superfoods that are jam-packed with nutrients that can greatly benefit your skin. When your diet is full of antioxidants, good fats, collagen, amino acids and vitamin C, you can see how your skin will radiant with a fresh glow. On the other hand, if your diet consists of junk food and lots of alcohol, you can see how tired, wrinkled and puffy your skin can be.
Avocados are high in polyunsaturated fats and monounsaturated fats. Over 75% of fats found in avocados is unsaturated, meaning they are good fats. These fats keep the skin dewy and firm, help to reduce redness, inflammation, and irritated skin and to regenerate damaged skin cells. The omega 9’s acid found in avocado can help to keep the outermost layer of the skin highly moisturised, which is why you will find that eating avocado or applying avocado topically to your skin can give you hydrated and healthy-looking skin. Antioxidants in avocados help to fight off free radicals, which is one of the main culprits for damaging your skin and causing ageing. At the same time, the antioxidant carotenoids help your skin to maintain elasticity and hydration levels, much needed for your skin to retain its firmness.
Fatty fish is packed with omega 3, a type of good fat that is great for your skin. And salmon is full of omega 3. The polyunsaturated fatty acids work to protect the skin from sun exposure, help to repair skin that has already been damaged, and also keep the cell membranes healthy and hydrated. This helps detox your skin to have it look supple and soft.
Blueberries are an excellent source of vitamin C, an essential mineral for our bodies to prevent cold, and promotes heart health, improves iron absorption, boost our immune system and to reduce the risk of chronic diseases. In short, blueberries have many other excellent benefits for the body. Blueberries also contain antioxidants, which is very important if you want to maintain beautiful skin. Antioxidants are known to fight and neutralise free radicals which have been known to damage your skin cells and collagen. If your body is unable to fight off these free radicals, then you will face dryness of skin, wrinkles, fine lines and other ageing skin factors. Another vitamin which is found in blueberries in vitamin A, which can help to normalise the oil levels in your skin. Acne-prone skin type users will find it beneficial to consume blueberries in order to keep your sebum production in control.
Lemon is known for being chock-full of vitamin C, a necessity to fight off and neutralise free radicals. It also helps to make collagen and elastin which binds our skin cells together, allowing us to maintain our firm, younger-looking skin. Lemon is known to be sour, making it one of the most alkalizing food around. However, despite its acidity, the minerals found in lemons that have been metabolised are able to alkalize our blood and balance our bodies pH level. Our bodies pH level tend to be wacky due to our consumption of processed foods, caffeine and alcohol. And this leads to our skin becoming sensitive, dry, and irritated.
Bone broth is full of magnesium, collagen, calcium, and essential amino acids. It is the perfect superfood if you are looking to increase your intake of collagen for your skin to maintain its elasticity. Collagen helps your skin to retain its suppleness and firmness and maintains your youthful looking appearance. The bones used to make bone broth are simmered for hours, allowing the collagen inside the bones to be broken down into gelatin. On top of keeping your skin firm, smooth and elastic, the gelatin also helps to ease our digestive tract which can reduce inflammation in the body. Reducing inflammation in the body fights against ageing and also prevents acne breakouts.
Last but not least, we have the superfood turmeric. This is great for the skin as turmeric boosts of incredible anti-inflammatory properties. Ingesting turmeric (fresh or dried) helps to fight off inflammation, which can prevent ageing issues and also prevents acne from breaking out. The short-term benefits of turmeric help to prevent your skin from looking puffy and tired, and the long-term benefits help to fight off wrinkles and ageing. At the same time, turmeric can help to relieve more serious skin conditions like eczema and rosacea.