Best foods for glowing skin
Who doesn’t want glowing skin? We all want our friends to look at us with admiration and envy and ask us what we did to have such amazing skin. There are no secrets to healthy skin. All you need to do is incorporate healthy habits into your daily routine and you will be on your way to healthy glowing skin in no time.
Cleansing, toning, moisturizing, exfoliating and getting enough sleep are sworn by for amazing skin. What most people will not tell you is that beautiful skin starts from within. You will not enjoy beautiful glowing skin if you do all the above and not eat right. What you put in your mouth has a direct reflection on your skin and is therefore more important than the products you apply on your skin.
When you are looking for the best foods for glowing skin, look for foods that will be rich in omega 3, zinc, antioxidants, Vitamin A, E and C. These are the basic requirements for slowing down aging and keeping the skin clear, supple and healthy.
What foods should we eat for glowing skin?
Green leafy vegetables
Every skin care expert will tell you to eat your vegetables if you want to have good skin. If you look at someone who faithfully eats vegetables every day and compare them with one who hardly eats them, you will definitely notice a difference. Dark green vegetables are rich in antioxidants and vitamins that help slow down aging and thus make you look younger by preventing wrinkles. Spinach, cucumber and kales are the most available and affordable vegetables that you should have in your diet. Brussels, ball peppers, broccoli, turnips and parsley are other vegetables that are rich in vitamin C and an increased intake will definitely give you a noticeable glow.
Fruits rich in Vitamin A, C and E
Apples, citrus fruits, pineapples, pawpaw and all types of berries contain vitamin C and will do wonders for your skin when eaten frequently. Vitamin C intake will make the skin firm and improve an inner glow. It also prevents free radicals that cause aging in the body and this will slow down the aging process with will keep you glowing and young.
Vitamin A fights aging by aiding in production of collagen and helps in fighting inflammation which makes it an ideal vitamin for glowing skin. Green vegetables, sweet potatoes, broccoli, mangoes, tuna, liver, eggs, spinach and squash are some of the foods you need to indulge in to maintain healthy levels of this crucial vitamin.
Vitamin E primarily does the job of repairing damaged skin. The vitamin works to restore skin elasticity, reduce inflammation and slow down the aging process. Researchers say that vitamin E helps treat sunburns and effects of exposure to free radicals. The best sources of this vitamin are sunflower seeds, avocados, wheat germ, mangoes, tomatoes, spinach and broccoli.
Foods rich in selenium
Selenium is a miracle working mineral. Regular intake of this mineral will do wonders for the skin. This is the mineral responsible for keeping the skin firm and giving it its elasticity. It also works to keep acne at bay. Walnuts, onions, brown rice, poultry, seafood and wheat germ are among the best sources of selenium and you are guaranteed healthy, glowing skin with regular intake of these.
Foods rich in Omega 3
Omega 3 is amazing for skin. No wonder beauty fanatics and skin specialists are crazy about it. You can get omega 3 from salmon, chia seeds, mackerel, sardines, walnuts and flaxseeds. There are omega 3 supplements in drug stores that will work quite as well to give you the daily recommended quantities of omega 3. This nutrient works in keeping the skin young by preventing formation of wrinkles. Skin suppleness is also promoted by Omega 3 intake.
Foods rich in zinc
Zinc helps in healing wounds. Imagine if your wounds never heal. That would definitely be a nightmare. Even those people who are not particularly passionate about skin care routines do not want to have unhealed wounds. When you eat foods that have zinc, the mineral will help in repairing damaged tissue and thus healing the wound and restoring skin to its natural state. Whole grains, poultry, mushrooms, oysters, pumpkin seeds and legumes are among the best sources of zinc that are readily available.
Other foods for healthy skin
- Chocolate – Researchers say that dark chocolate contains antioxidants which are good for skin and also contains properties that assist to strengthen and thicken the skin promoting its overall health.
- Green Tea – Antioxidant properties that help in fighting free radicals to slow down aging and keep the skin healthy.
- Yoghurt – Yoghurt contains probiotics which keep the gut clean. When the gut is clean, the rest of the body, including the skin will stay clean and thus healthy. Yoghurt has also been known to be applied directly on skin for wrinkle prevention.
- Tomatoes and carrots – Tomatoes and carrots have been known to have immense benefits to the skin. Researchers say that cooked tomatoes and carrots have a compound known as lycopene which is said to assist in reduction of UV rays damage as well as keep skin cancer at bay.
- Water – This cannot be emphasized enough. Intake of water keeps you hydrated and helps in flushing out toxins from your body. Toxins in the body usually lead to build up of acne and other unattractive skin conditions. Water also keeps the skin hydrated and hence soft and supple which helps with the glow.
About the author
Judith is a social media analyst from Kenya. She is passionate about skin care, health, fitness and fashion. She loves to write, is a social media enthusiast and runs a fashion and style blog at https://judithkemunto.wordpress.com.