Beauty foods: skin edition

Chomp your way to great skin with these skin-loving super-foods.

You already know that the food you eat can impact your health, but do you know that your diet can also make or break your beauty routine? Whether you’re looking for a natural supplementary source for skin protection in addition to your sunscreen, or a delectable antidote for a clearer complexion, have no fear — super-foods are here.

Complement your beauty products with these edible skin-savers for a complete beauty round-up.

For a clearer complexion

Sunflower seeds protect skin from free radicals while oysters are packed with zinc, which works to renew and repair skin cells.

There are many reasons why breakouts happen. Stress, hormones and the things you eat can all lead to acne. When it comes to food, over-consumption of high-glycemic food like sweet treats can affect blood sugar and insulin levels, which can promote oil production and result in clogged pores.

Try super-foods: sunflower seeds and oysters

Sunflower seeds contain 37 per cent of your daily Vitamin E needs, which helps to protect skin from free radicals caused by external (environmental damage) and internal (oxidative damage) factors. Vitamin E enhances your immune system, combating inflammation that can possibly lead to acne.

Oysters are not just known for being aphrodisiacs, they are packed with zinc, which works to renew and repair skin cells. Zinc also helps to balance out oil production, so you’ll be less prone to acne.

For younger-looking skin

A medium-sized kiwi contains nearly 120 per cent of your daily Vitamin C needs while soy is rich in isoflavones.

Facial lines and wrinkles are not only for the mature — pre-mature aging can occur due to sun damage, muscle movement and acne scars too. Collagen, a type of protein in your body which keeps your skin firm and supple, starts to decline in your twenties. If you’re not ready for anti-aging products, go for these natural food remedies.

Try super-foods: kiwi and soy

Vitamin C stimulates collagen synthesis to help smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, so it’s no wonder we chose kiwi as your fruity superstar for younger-looking skin. A medium-sized kiwi contains nearly 120 oer cent of your daily Vitamin C needs, more than enough for a big skin-saving undertaking.

Soy is rich in isoflavones, which helps to preserve collagen, erase expression lines and improve the signs of aging.

For extra sun protection

Natural sunscreens like tomatoes and dark chocolates can improve our skin’s natural SPF.

Natural sunscreens like tomatoes and dark chocolates can improve our skin’s natural SPF.[/caption]

As you know already, sun damage can result in skin aging, causing fine lines and age spots. For sun protection, we naturally reach out to our sunscreens for help. But do you know that there are natural sunscreens we can enjoy for our tummy and skin that can improve your skin’s natural SPF?

Try super-foods: tomatoes and dark chocolate

Orange to reddish-colored foods like tomatoes contain lycopene, a type of carotenoid that can increase your skin’s antioxidant levels. These antioxidants keep your skin protected against free radicals from excessive sun exposure.

Here’s another sun-protecting super-food that you’ll absolutely love — dark chocolate. According to Cosmopolitan.com, “research published on the National Institute of Health site explains that subjects who regularly consumed 20 grams (about one bar) of certain kinds of chocolate every day over the course of three months were better protected from harmful UV effects than those who didn’t eat the sweet treat”.

Keep in mind that we’re talking about dark chocolates, though. It is only effective if it contains at least 60 per cent cacao and has a high flavanol content.

For a healthy glow

Carotenes in carrots can enhance the carotenoid content in your skin while snacking on a handful of almonds every day can add radiance to your skin.

Unhealthy diets, sun exposure and improper cleansing are just some of the reasons why your skin is void of energy and vibrancy. Without its natural glow, dull skin can make you look tired and lifeless.

Try super-foods: carrots and almonds

Summertime is all about sun-kissed skin, and with the help of vegetables like carrots, you don’t need to hit the beach or the tanning beds for a sunshine glow. Carotenes in carrots can enhance the carotenoid content in your skin, giving it a subtle luminosity.

Boosted with Vitamin E, one of the most powerful antioxidants in our body, snacking on a handful of almonds every day can add radiance to your skin. Almonds also keep your skin hydrated, while Omega-6 and Omega-9 fatty acids contents help to enhance skin elasticity for smoother, suppler skin that will diffuse light for a healthy, natural glow.

Got a skin-loving super-food that we should know about? Tell us by commenting below.

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