When the subject of skincare comes up, what goes through most minds is – what treatment can I get to improve my skin or what cream should I use that’ll give the desired effect. Almost no one thinks of what goes into the body. Considering the skin is the largest organ we have and covers the entire body, more thought should be given to how we take care of it. Not only so that it looks presentable but so that it continues protecting our organs and the many other functions it serves.
According to Jessica Wu, a dermatologist, she says “There’s a growing body of research showing that diet really does affect your complexion.” She goes further to say that food can also cause acne, create or lessen inflammation which is associated with skin aging. She claims that what we eat is as important as the serums and creams we apply on our skin. With that in mind, it’s time to take a look at some foods we can eat that can improve our skin from the inside out and keep our skin healthy and fresh looking.
Tomatoes – The antioxidant lycopene found in tomatoes acts to improve the skin’s natural SPF. We all know exposure to direct sunlight rays are damaging to the skin, so eating more tomatoes can buff up one’s skin against that.
Sardines – Sardines contain omega-3 fatty acids especially DHA which is an anti-inflammatory. Inflammation is the root cause of acne so making sardines a part of your diet can help keep your skin clear and acne free.
Green tea – A study done in 2011 showed that people who drank beverages that had green tea polyphenols daily for a period of 12 weeks had skin that was more elastic and smooth. Green tea also boosts blood flow and oxygen to the skin. This delivers key nutrients to keep your complexion healthy.
Kiwi – Kiwi contains a load of Vitamin C. Vitamin C stimulates collagen synthesis which keeps the skin taut and smoothes fine lines. Injecting this fruit can go a long way to improving one’s skin.
Eggs – A complete source of protein which also contains biotin, an essential vitamin that protects against dry skin.
Carrots – A 2011 UK study found that people who eat a higher amount of carotenoid-containing fruits and vegetables like carrots have more yellow tones in their skin, giving them a complexion that others rated as looking healthier.
Pawpaw – It is a very rich source of vitamins which is good for the skin. It moisturizes the skin, clears pigmentation, and reduces wrinkles, controls acne breakout and many others. It also adds a beautiful glow to the skin.
Water – The benefits of drinking eight to nine glasses of water is huge but for the skin its benefits are also great. Water keeps the skin hydrated, and staying hydrated makes it appear plumper and less wrinkled. Water also cleans out the pores and hereby helps with acne breakouts.
There are many other foods that can help take care of the skin, personal research can allow one know more on this. The few above named are a very good start to a healthier, clearer skin. It’s time to take care of our skin from the inside out.