We all know that following a healthy diet is essential for glowing skin. But not all foods are created equal, and some superfoods offer way more wholesome goodness for your skin cells that carrots and tomatoes ever can. Consider these 7 superfoods, for instance:
Don’t write off kale as just another hipster food trend. This green leafy powerhouse is packed with enough nutrients and anti-oxidants to put spinach to shame. Kale is loaded with vitamins A, B, C, and K, as well as phytonutrients. This means that kale is great for boosting collagen production, reducing dark circles, tightening pores, and detoxifying the skin. Have it as part of a vegetable cocktail or in a quiche, kale tastes pretty good too.
All fishes high in fat are good news for your skin, but salmon is definitely a cut above the rest. Salmon, with skin on, is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids—mostly known as being good for the heart but are also massively beneficial for keeping skin soft, supple, and moisturised. The selenium content in salmon helps protect the skin against sun exposure, acting as a bonus layer of protection in addition to sunscreen.
Mentioning sweet potatoes can make some people uncomfortable—either because they have never tasted it or they’re not thrilled about the idea of complex carbohydrates. Well, they have nothing to worry about. Sweet potatoes taste great, and the complex sugars break down slowly, making it easier for the body to absorb the nutrients that stimulate skin cells to prevent wrinkles and premature aging. Sweet potatoes also contain a generous dose of beta-Carotene, making sure the skin never goes dull or dry for the lack of vitamin A.
That bar of dark chocolate you’ve been eyeing isn’t just delicious, but it’s also rich in flavonols—antioxidants that help protect your skin from UV damage, as well as increase blood flow to skin cells. Flavonols also elevate the skin’s moisture levels, which is critical for skin that looks dewy fresh.
Oats and oatmeal are very popular as ingredients in DIY scrubs and face masks. Did you know that eating the oats can be just as beneficial for your skin? In fact, oats are some of the most nutrient-dense foods you can pick up from your local supermarket. Oats are the best, and perhaps the only, source of avenanthramides—a group of antioxidants that have anti-inflammatory and anti-itching properties. Oats are also rich in vitamin B, with a single serving of oats accounting for up to 39% of your recommended daily intake for vitamin B1, aka thiamine, a lack of which can cause skin sensitivity issues.
When it comes to skin care, people are a little too obsessed with blueberries and their antioxidant properties. In reality, all berries can work wonders for your skin by hydrating skin cells, increasing collagen production, and elevating elastin levels. Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, cranberries, and other members of the berry family are delicious, great for your skin, and can be sprinkled onto your morning bowl of oats.
Like oats, avocado too is a popular beauty-recipe ingredient that is just as beneficial when eaten. And like salmon, avocado also is all about the healthy fatty acids. The fruit is also rich in viatamins (K in particular), folates, and potassium. Including avocados in your diet will help ensure you end up with skin that is supple and buttery smooth, like the fruit itself! Avocado toast, anyone?
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