Five Foods for Fabulous Skin
It’s often said that you are what you eat – and that’s certainly true when it comes to your skin.
Certain foods can have a positive effect on the quality and health of your skin – and you don’t have to smear them on your face to get the benefits, you just have to eat them! Even better, they are all super tasty.
Tomatoes contain a compound called lycopene. This is a powerful antioxidant that protects skin cells from damage. You could think of it as a kind of sun protection from the inside (though you still need to use sunscreen on the outside!), and tomatoes are one of the foods with the highest concentrations. And if you cook tomatoes, the lycopene gets transformed into a form that is even easier for the body to use in protecting your skin.
The key ingredient in kidney beans that helps your skin is zinc. This element has a significant anti-inflammatory effect, so can help keep skin smooth and reduce puffiness. Zinc also fights bacteria that can cause spots and acne.
Walnuts are high in omega-3 oils, which are really amazing for helping improve your skin. Omega-3s help to strengthen cell walls, meaning the cells get less damaged by toxins and the sun, while they also help the skin retain moisture and nutrients, giving you a fresh, rejuvenated look. Not only that but walnuts contain copper, which boosts collagen production for smoother, firmer skin.
These deliciously divine fruits are packed with a form of antioxidant called polyphenol. This element fights free radicals – molecules in the skin that weaken your cells – and help regulate blood flow to the skin. So eating pomegranates or drinking pomegranate juice can help reduce wrinkles and fine lines, and keep your skin moisturised.
These pretty pods of soybeans contain something called isoflavones, which help to boost your skin’s production of collagen, meaning more youthful-looking skin. The proteins in soybeans – and other soy products like soy milk – also help to prevent hyper-pigmentation.
With these foods in your diet, along with a good skincare regime and the right salon treatments, you’ll ensure you have glowing, fresh-looking skin every day.