The thought of aging skin strikes fear in the hearts of many women; young and old, everyone is looking for the fountain of youth. The number of people turning to plastic surgery, fillers and injections is rising by the day; but healthy skin can be achieved through what I like to call a great skin diet. Increasingly studies are finding links to between nutrients found in food and wrinkle reductions and acne prevention; and having struggled with bad skin for years, and turned it around with nutrition, I can say with certainty that the foods we eat affect our skin tremendously.
The clear skin secret isn’t found in expensive creams, they are found in nature’s bounty; here are the top complexion cures that are found in the most unlikely place- your neighborhood supermarket.
Cocoa is a natural skin hydrator; making it firmer and more supple. Dark chocolate contains a high level of flavanoids, a very potent type of antioxidants. To maximize your flavanoid intake, make sure your chocolate is 70% cocoa. Chocolate can be applied topically to reduce inflammation; an affect likely cause by the caffeine content in chocolate.
Yogurt is an excellent source of protein; and the protein you get from eating dairy helps skin become firmer, therefore it is more resistant to lines and wrinkles. Greek yogurt is especially beneficial; as its protein content is double the amount of regular yogurt. A single serving a day will help you achieve a smoother complexion.
Poms are packed with polyphenol antioxidants, which serve to fight free radicals and regulate blood flow to the skin. One pomegranate or 2 glasses of pure juice daily is more than enough to see result.
Walnuts, like most nuts, contain omega-3 fatty acids which can improve skin elasticity. But they stand out from the rest because they are also loaded with copper, which helps t boost collagen production. Topically, ground walnuts can act an effective exfoliant.
Women who consume colorful vegetables tend to report fewer wrinkles, especially around the eyes. The carotenoids, found in yellow and orange foods, have been shown to decrease the skins sensitivity to the sun.
This little seeds boasts a ton of Vitamin E, which keeps skin supple by protecting the top layer from the sun. A handful daily is all that is needed to see results.
Eating edamame may help your complexion in a big way. Soy contains minerals and protein that have been shown to reduce hyper-pigmentation. Soy milk is also a great option; however, there is much debate over the consumption of processed soy products. If this is of concern to you, just opt for edamame beans only.
Studies show the correlation between blemished skin and low zinc levels; and kidney beans are very high in the mineral. Topical zinc treatments are shown to be as effective against acne as antibiotics.
Steel cut oats are less processed than other varieties, so therefore it vitamin level is much higher. And it takes the body longer to break it down, which helps to stabilize blood sugar. Spiked blood sugar is linked to elevated levels of androgens, which are a hormone that contributes to wrinkles.
It wouldn’t be a clear skin foods list without the mention of green tea. Green tea is very high in the antioxidant EECG, which can dramatically reduce redness. Green tea is also renowned for its anti inflammatory properties. One cup a day should help with redness and inflammation.
Eating for clear skin will not only benefit your skin, but your entire body.