Skin care does not stop with what you put on your skin; it is also just as important what you put in your body!
If you’re investing the money and time for professional facials, high-quality skin care products, and a home-care regimen, protect that investment by eating right. Eat the wrong things, and you could be undoing your efforts.
Here are the top 7 healthiest foods for skin care:
- Tomatoes – Tomatoes contain a powerful phytonutrient called lycopene, which along with other benefits helps protect the skin against the sun’s harmful UV rays.
- Avocadoes – Extremely rich in fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamins, avocados contain three key ingredients for skin care:
- Monounsaturated fatty acids, which help keep the skin moisturized and hydrated, and help soothe and heal irritations.
- Vitamin C, which helps fight free radicals and repair their damage to collagen and elastin. These are natural fibers found in the skin – collagen helps keep your skin plump, and elastin helps keep the skin from sagging.
- Lutein, which helps with your skin’s tone and texture, and also helps fight free radicals that can damage your skin.
- Dark chocolate – Dark chocolate (look for options that contain at least 70% cocoa) contains flavonols, which help to improve the skin’s overall glow and radiance. Flavanols are also an antioxidant.
- Nuts – Nuts, and walnuts in particular, contain omega-3 fatty acids, which improve the skin’s elasticity and texture, and are also somewhat moisturizing and hydrating.
- Pineapple – PIneapples have a really high concentration of vitamin C, which helps fight free radicals, repairs collagen and gives the skin radiance. They also have vitamin A, which helps to reduce inflammation and also acts as an antibacterial agent.
- Red wine – The grapes that are used to make red wine can be really high in antioxidants, which fight damage caused by free radicals. Moderation is key, since high levels of alcohol consumption can severely dehydrate the skin.
- Water – Water helps all of the body’s organ function, including the skin, and helps the body detoxify and hydrate itself. Not all drinks are considered equal, though. Coffee and other caffeinated drinks can dehydrate the body and skin, and sugary drinks can cause inflammation that has other damaging effects. If plain water isn’t appealing to you, add fruit, vegetables, herbs, or your own exciting combinations.
If you want to improve what you’re seeing in the mirror, try making a change from the inside out. Help your professional facials last longer and be more effective by reaching for these healthy and skin-nourishing foods every day.
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