While facials and good skin care products can help your skin tremendously, beauty starts from the inside. Unhealthy habits can undo many of the benefits facials and external skin care create, particularly smoking and a bad diet. That's why Spa Sophia recommends a healthy, balanced diet for clients who are serious about skin care and want to create long term effects. Want to know which foods are the best for your skin? Read our list of the 10 best skin foods...
Kale is all the rage, and for a good reason. Kale contains carotinoids, which in a clinical study were proven to enhance complexion and skin color. People therefore rated the skin of people who ate more kale as better looking.
Pomegranates are full of polyphenols. What? Polyphenols are antioxidants that fight free radicals, protecting your skin from damage. They also regulate your skin's blood flow, giving you an healthy, rosy tone. When applied directly to the skin pomegranate also moisturizes and fights wrinkles. Bring out the pomegranate juice!
Angelenos love their avocados, and thankfully they're full of health and beauty benefits too! Avocados contain lots of vitamin C, E and K, which are essential for a healthy skin. It also has plenty of antioxidants, so go ahead and enjoy that guac!
4. Greek Yogurt
Yogurt and dairy products in general are nice for your skin, as they calm irritation and reduce dryness, but Greek yogurt is especially beneficial due to its protein content. Proteins keep skin firm and wrinkle resistant, and Greek yogurt often has twice the amount of protein that regular yoghurt has. Add some berries and granola and turn Greek yoghurt into your breakfast.
These verstatile seeds are full of vitamin E, which helps protect against sun damage. Studies even found that people who ate more almonds got less sunburned. Add them to salads, that Greek yoghurt breakfast, or go with peanuts as a suitable replacement.
Just like kale, carrots contain a lot of carotinoids, which improve your skin color and complexion. On top of that carrots also contain heaps of vitamin A, which reduces overproduction of the outer skin layer and the resulting clogged pores and breakouts.
Flaxseed is full of Omega-3, which reduces redness and irritation, and makes skin absorb more moisture. This in turn leads to less wrinkles. Add some flaxseed to your smoothies or sautee your veggies in flaxseed oil. Fish are also a great source of Omega-3.
Popeye knew what he was doing. The water in spinach and most other greens passes the skins' cell membranes, making it look more plump and healthy. More importantly though: The folate in spinach helps protect against skin cancer by preventing and restoring DNA damage. People who eat lots of greens have been shown to have half the amount of tumors.
9. Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are total health champs. They contain boat loads of Vitamin C that increases collagen production. In fact, sweet potatoes have been proven to lead to 11 % less wrinkles if eaten over a long time. Carrots also do the trick!
Just like flax seed tuna contains Omega-3 which - like we stated before- reduces redness and irritation, and makes skin absorb more moisture. On top of that tuna also contains selenium that preserves elastin. More elastin means less wrinkles, so add some tuna to your diet!
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