Good skin is always in. Period.
Most of us are hunting and trying new and different products to achieve that #NoFilterNeeded kind of skin. But you gotta admit, our skin is a bit of an attention seeker. Just stop pampering it with products for a while and there come all sorts of skin woes.
Yes, we all have a different type of skin and, yes, it requires a proper skin care regimen to keep it happy and hydrated. But that's not the only important thing to do for healthy skin. The road to achieving great skin starts with *drumroll* what you put in your stomach.
Beautiful skin comes with proper nourishment, both inner and outer, which includes a balanced diet. As older cells constantly renew and regenerate, we need some key nutrients in our body to support this such healthy bodily functions. Here are some food items you can include in your diet for skin that feels softer, smoother and hydrated inside out.
Time to eat your way to fabulous skin, people!
Eating foods rich in vitamin C supports the immune system. It not only protects us from fatal viruses but its powerful antioxidant properties help achieve radiant skin too. It is also needed to produce collagen in the body that helps maintain our skin's elasticity.
Best sources of Vitamin C: Oranges, broccoli, kiwis, strawberries, papaya, sweet potatoes, blackcurrant, guava, and pineapple
Not only from the inside but using a vitamin C serum on your skin daily also helps get glowing, blemish-free skin of your dreams.
Our skin needs its daily dose of vitamins to stay young and youthful. Nuts like almonds, walnuts, cashews have skin amazing benefits as they are packed with important vitamins such as A, C, and E and are also rich in minerals such as copper and zinc. Another way to achieve glowing skin is by eating sunflower seeds as they are jam-packed with Vitamin E which promotes healthy skin.
Another antioxidant that our body and skin love is selenium. Combine it with foods rich in Vitamins C and E and your immunity system won't be able to thank you enough. Multiple studies suggest that selenium protects us from the sun's wrath--sun damage, skin cancer, and sunspots on the face.
Best sources of selenium: Brazil nuts, shellfish, wheat germ, tomatoes, eggs, fish, spinach, and peanuts
Omega-3 and omega-6 are essential fatty acids required by our body. Since our body cannot make them, we need to eat foods rich in them as they act as emollients, make our skin soft and supple, provide hydration, and are really good for a healthy glow. Omega-3 is also an excellent supplement if you suffer from psoriasis or eczema.
Best sources of Omega-3 and Omega-6: Chia seeds, walnuts, rapeseed oil, fish, soybeans, corns, eggs, sunflower oil, peanut butter, and tofu
Phytoestrogens are food compounds that are found in plant-based foods. They act as an anti-ageing agent for our skin as they increase the production of collagen. They also increase the vascularisation of skin and prevent it from oxidative stress, thus maintaining our skin's true nature.
Best sources of phytoestrogens: oats, flax seeds, yams, barley, apples, carrots, and coffee
P.S. If you're going through menopause, you should add phytoestrogens to your diet as they help combat estrogen deficiency.
Add these powerful ingredients to your daily diet and we bet you'll have great skin days ahead!
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