Beautiful, healthy skin goes well beyond the surface. Creating hydrated skin that’s blemish-free has to be supported not only by what you put on your body, but also what’s going in it. You know that eating healthy works wonders for your waistline and heart, but did you know there are a number of foods that can perform small miracles for your skin? You diet is directly correlated to your complexion, so before you reside to the fact that you inherited your mother’s laugh lines or dull skin, give these foods a try.
If you want to reduce the signs of aging, start with olive oil! A PLOS One study reveals women who consume at least two teaspoons of olive oil a day are associated with 31 percent fewer signs of aging compared to women who ate a teaspoon or less. The majority of the fat in olive oil – about 75 percent – is monounsaturated fatty acids, which may be connected to the youthful benefit the oil produces.
If you want smooth skin, you’ll have to “suffer” through eating some quality, dark chocolate. Cocoa flavanols is the main component in the sweet treat that helps hydrate skin and improve circulation. Enjoying a one ounce portion on a regular basis will let you reap the benefits of good skin without killing your diet.
Skip the sugary breakfast and opt for whole grain oatmeal. Not only with you have sustained energy for your entire morning, but whole grain oatmeal promotes blemish free skin thanks to its low sugar content.
If a more youthful appearance is what you’re after, pour a cup of tea – but make it green. A study from the Journal of Nutrition concludes that women who drank a beverage containing green tea polyphenols each day for three months developed skin that was more elastic and smooth, and had one-quarter less sun damage when exposed to UV light compared to the skin of women who did not drink the green tea ingredient.
Throw one cup of kale in your green smoothie or add it to a salad for 134% and 133% of your recommended daily intake of Vitamin C and A, respectively, both of which promote skin-firming results. As an added bonus, the lutein and zeaxanthin in kale absorb the sun’s harmful UV rays (even the percentage that gets through your sunscreen).
Yellow bell peppers
Reduce crow’s feet by snacking on yellow bell peppers. The British Journal of Nutrition reports women who eat about 250 grams of green or yellow veggies – one large pepper is about 190 grams – showed signs of fewer wrinkles, especially in the crow’s feet area, compared to women who are only 69 grams each days.
As with everything, moderation is key, but a study published in the European Journal of Cancer Prevention, revealed women who drank coffee everyday had an 11% lower rate of non-melanoma skin cancer compared to counterparts who didn’t drink a cup of joe.