As they say, “You are what you eat.” cliché, yes. Indeed true. Since the skin is our largest organ, it’s no surprise that it’s the first part of your body to show nutritional deficiencies.
Do you want to know where to start? We’ve compiled a list of foods that can help keep your skin looking radiant. However, remember that it is important to eat a healthy overall diet rather than consuming specific foods for healthy skin.
And of course drink lots of water.
Here are the best foods for your skin.
Kiwi provides you with loads of vitamin C. Vitamin C produces elastin and collagen, which give your skin its elasticity. Collagen degrades with age, causing wrinkles. Vitamin C counteracts this process. Kiwi also boasts plenty of water, which helps get rid of toxins.
Salmon — and other fatty fish like mackerel, tuna, and trout — improve the overall condition and appearance of your skin. This is all thanks to its array of nutrients. Omega-3 fatty acids are healthy fats that help reduce inflammation. Omega-3 fatty acids also moisturize and nourish the skin, making fish a great source of oil for the skin (without clogging pores). In addition, the vitamin D and niacinamide in salmon can reduce the risk of skin cancer. The niacinamide also helps keep the skin hydrated.
Synonymous with summer, this fruit is loaded with water that can help keep your skin hydrated. It also contains vitamin C, which supports the elasticity of your skin. And it provides antioxidants that can help prevent signs of aging.
Do you want to fight wrinkles? Then eat vitamin C-rich peppers. They also contain vitamin E (which helps repair damaged skin), vitamin A (which keeps skin moisturized) and carotenoids (which reduce skin’s sensitivity to the sun). According to a study in the British Journal of Nutrition, people who ate more green and yellow vegetables had fewer facial wrinkles than those who ate less.
To protect your skin from sun damage, chew some tomatoes. They provide the bright red pigment naturally found in skin called lycopene. Lycopene, found in higher concentrations in cooked, processed tomatoes, protects against the sun’s harmful UV rays. According to a study published in the British Journal of Dermatology, women who ate lycopene-rich tomato paste in olive oil had less DNA damage and visible redness than those who ate olive oil alone.
Eat oysters to help heal wounds and prevent scarring. Oysters contain the important trace metal zinc, which promotes healing. Oysters can help prevent wounds from breaking down and keep skin strong while healing. You can also get zinc from nuts, lobster, beans, and crab.
Berries like strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries provide antioxidants that help protect skin from the harmful effects of the sun. Eating these foods can also help prevent signs of aging skin like dryness and wrinkles. A note: Raw and fresh fruits and vegetables offer more antioxidants than cooked ones.
Beauty fans know that you can put cucumber on your face to relieve puffiness under your eyes. Eating them is also beneficial. They help keep the skin hydrated since they are mostly made up of water.
The tropical fruit contains bromelain, which is believed to fight inflammation. Relieving inflammation can improve the appearance of your skin and make you feel better when you’re sunburned.
Citrus fruits like grapefruits, lemons, limes, and oranges contain nutrients like vitamin C that help keep skin youthful-looking.
Keep in mind that while these foods are good choices, they are not a substitute for sunscreen and other sun protection measures.