Hey, we’ll all take a little help in the skin department, right? Whether it’s smoothing to look younger, decreasing wrinkles or helping fight acne, it seems everyone has their own particular variety of skin challenges. We all know that beauty-product aisle can be downright dizzying with various creams and lotions promising results (I never know what to trust!), so it’s great news that there can be a more natural, wholesome (and yummy) approach to great skin, as well…through your mouth! “Increasingly, studies are finding links between certain nutrients and wrinkle reduction, radiance, and acne prevention,” says David Bank, MD, a dermatologist in Mount Kisco, New York.
Which foods should you eat for the au natural solution you’re looking for? Fitness magazine has pulled together the top 10 foods for good skin!
1. Dark Chocolate: mmm…I love when this pops up on a “yes, eat it!” list!! We have all heard about the antioxidants that are heart healthy, but these same antioxidants (called flavonols) help hydrate your skin, making it appear more supple! We’ve mentioned before, but this isn’t a free pass to eat dark chocolate candy bars….shoot for at least 70% cacao here, which usually can only be found in the fancier dark chocolate bars.
2. Greek Yogurt: It’s amazing how many of these foods show up repeatedly on various “good-for-you” lists…and yogurt is no exception. Greek yogurt is incredibly high in protein, helping you build lean muscle, but that same protein helps your skin become firmer, and more resistant to lines. Regular yogurt provides the same benefits – but since greek packs double the protein, why not double down!?
3. Pomegranates: Both pomegranate seeds and juice contain polyphenol antioxidants that fight free radicals and help increase blood flow – giving you a natural rosiness!
4. Walnuts: the same omega-3 fatty acids that lubricate your joints and help your heart help increase your skin’s elasticity. Not only that, but the nut is packed with copper, which interestingly boosts collagen production!
5. Peppers: This will apply to most green and yellow veggies, and since the peppers are one of the only vegetables that come in both, we’ll focus here. The antioxidants found here, called carotenoids, help reduce skin’s sensitivity to sunlight, helping reduce wrinkles.
6. Sunflower seeds: These seeds are loaded with Vitamin E which, similar to peppers, helps protect your skin against the sun, and the high content of fatty acids help lubricate and hydrate!
7. Kidney Beans: A correlation has been found between lots of blemishes and a low level of zinc in the body…and luckily, kidney beans are packed with zinc! About a 4 ounce serving will do the trick!
9. Steel-cut oatmeal: Oatmeal in general is great for you, but the steel cut variety is less processed, helping it retain more of its original natural vitamins. Fitness magazine also says steel cut oatmeal “takes longer to break down in your body, which helps keep your blood sugar stable, and studies have found that spiked blood sugar elevates your body’s level of androgens (hormones that can contribute to wrinkles).”
10. Green tea: We have heard many times about the benefits of green tea, and how many antioxidants a cup packs. Turns out the variety of antioxidants found in green tea, EGCG, actually helps to reduce redness in the skin and fight inflammation!
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