Did you know that what you eat can really impact your skin? That’s right. Your outward appearance is pretty closely tied to your overall health and well being. Due to this, there are foods you can eat that will help your skin look even better on a daily basis. Who wouldn’t want to give their appearance a little boost when it’s as easy as eating…. Right?
1. 70% Cocoa - (also known as dark chocolate)Let’s just start with the very best one… and if you read no further, we’ll understand. Chocolate really can be good for you. Yes, you read that right. The key here is that it’s dark chocolate that has the health benefits, not the sugary treat that most of us know and love. 70% Cocoa is the key you want to look for on the label. So what does cocoa do? It hydrates your skin and helps make it look firmer. If you want to try a really special facial, you can apply cocoa to your skin and you might even see some of the puffiness go away temporarily. However, eating it sounds better to us. You choose what works for you.
2. Olive OilMaybe the real fountain of youth has to do with olive oil consumption. A 2012 study in PLOS ONE found that participants who consumed more than two tablespoons of olive oil daily showed 31% fewer signs of aging than those who ate less. If that’s not a reason to swap out your regular vegetable oil for olive oil, we don’t know what is! It’s such an easy change for potentially really great results. Why not give it a try?
3. WaterWe know, it seems like water is near the top of every healthy skin, healthy living list but there’s a reason…. It really could be considered a superfood when you think about everything water does for you. As you know, your body is 97% water...isn’t that crazy to think? Anyway, staying hydrated helps your skin by helping it appear less wrinkled. Yup, you read that right - if you drink more water, you’ll appear to have fewer wrinkles because your skin stays firmer. If you ever needed a reason to refill that water glass, there it is. Drink up to look younger. Who knew?
4. KiwiKiwi stimulates collagen synthesis. What does that mean for your skin? It means that eating kiwi helps your body naturally keep skin tight and smooth out fine wrinkles. Please pass the kiwi this way!
5. BlueberriesIf there’s one true anti-aging superfood, it’s the blueberry. They have the single highest level of antioxidants of any food. They also can help reverse sun damage in your skin and have been shown to help with weight loss due to their high fiber and low glycemic index. Talk about a do it all wonder food. The next time you’re looking at the pack of blueberries in the store, add them to the cart. You won’t regret the decision.
6. CarrotsWant a beautiful, youthful, healthy looking glow? The answer isn’t in a lotion or potion, it’s in the fridge. Grab a carrot or two and eat up. Eating carotenoid-containing fruits and vegetables, like carrots, can lead to more yellow skin tones that are interpreted as a youthful glow.
7. TomatoesDid you know that pairing your olive oil with tomatoes could provide additional sunburn protection? We all know that sunburn prevention is a key to looking younger longer but who knew that eating olive oil and tomatoes together would do even more for you? According to a 2008 UK study, people who consumed five tablespoons of tomato paste on a daily basis with nearly a tablespoon of olive oil for 12 weeks, had 33% more protection from sunburn. The element responsible for this is lycopene which is an antioxidant that improves the natural SPF of the skin. The levels are higher in cooked and processed tomatoes.
8. Green teaIf you aren’t drinking green tea yet, you’re going to want to start. Green tea boosts skin health in several ways. It helps your skin appear smoother and may protect from UV damage as well. It also boosts blood flow and oxygen to the skin. Talk about a great skin support beverage.
9. PumpkinAh, fall’s favorite food…. The pumpkin. It should be a year-round favorite food for your skin. Cooked pumpkin is a great source of beta-carotene. What’s that mean for your skin? Well, your body converts beta-carotene into vitamin A, which is important for skin-cell growth and keeps your skin smooth and wrinkle-free. Pumpkin spice addicts can take comfort in all they’re doing to protect their skin.
10. EggsFor years, eggs have gotten a bad rap but they’re really good for you because they’re high in protein and low in fat. According to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition a 17 gram increase in fat intake increases the odds of developing wrinkles by 28%. Who knew that eating eggs could help prevent wrinkles ? Now you do.
11. Yellow Bell PeppersEating bell peppers may lead to a reduction in crows feet and wrinkles. That’s right. It’s likely due to the antioxidants in them. Research has shown that people who eat more yellow and green vegetables have fewer wrinkles. It might be worth adding a few bell peppers to your diet.
12. OatmealWhole grain oatmeal is a great food for a healthy body and healthy skin because it’s rich in antioxidants. Consider adding fresh blueberries or walnuts and almond milk to your next bowl to add even more healthy skin foods to your breakfast.
13. Almond milkAlmond milk makes the list not because of what it does for you specifically but what it prevents by swapping it for regular milk. You see, dairy is inflammatory and can aggravate acne or wrinkles whereas almond milk won’t. Next time you’re looking for milk at the store, consider trying almond milk instead.
14. Grass-fed beefGrass –fed beef contains a high ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids that reduce inflammation and packs 30 grams of protein for every 3.5-ounce serving. Protein is essential for collagen and elastin tissue that promotes a healthy skin that is less wrinkled and taut.
15. SardinesOne serving of sardines consists of 1.5 grams of omega-3 fatty acids. Fatty fish (including salmon) is rich in DHA, a type of omega-3 that is anti-inflammatory. Inflammation is widely known to cause acne. Including these omega-3s in your diet can help promote a clear complexion.
There you go, 15 foods that you may not have known would benefit your skin. Next time you’re at the grocery store consider picking up a few of them and seeing how they work for you.