Did you know that clear and beautiful skin can be as simple as feeding your face? There are a number of healthy foods that are packed with vitamins and minerals that rejuvenate, replenish, and hydrate our skin. Check out 10 of the best foods for your skin so you can head to the store and stock up!
Artichokes probably aren’t your favorite food, but it’s hard to deny the benefits they provide for your skin. The rich supply of peptides and antioxidants from artichokes can make you look younger and makes the skin more luminous. Many skin creams and hair care products contain artichoke extract due to its anti-aging effects. If you’re having trouble downing this healthy veggie, try soaking it in lemon juice for an hour before cooking.
Red grapes are an easy and tasty way to improve your skin. This vine-ripened plant contains large amounts of antioxidants and other chemicals that have been used to treat skin conditions, such as psoriasis and eczema. They’re also a natural antihistamine, which means that eating them will reduce the effects of allergic reactions. Remember to always wash your grapes before eating!
Strawberries have loads of vitamin C in them, which helps make skin firm and protects skin cells from free radicals from the sun and other environmental sources. They also contain high levels of anthocyanins, which are present in red, purple, and blue plants, and serve to protect the skin from UVA rays.
Ugly bird = beautiful skin? That’s right! Not only is chicken a lean protein, it’s also great for your skin because it has high levels of selenium. Like vitamin C, selenium helps the skin keep its firmness and elasticity, and it also has antioxidants that protect skin from sun damage.
Like strawberries, red, green, and yellow bell peppers are great sources of vitamin C. You should make the effort to get plenty of vitamin C in your diet in order to replenish your skin with those protective and skin-firming cells. Hello, fajita night!
Beta-carotene is an antioxidant that converts to vitamin A in the body. It also helps to grow and repair body tissues, including skin cells. Apricots are a sweet and tasty source of this regenerative antioxidant, as well as vitamin C and linoleic acid, which repair damaged or sensitive skin.
Carrots are also a great source of beta-carotene, which may also help protect your skin from sun damage, in addition to repairing the cells. Make sure you eat beta-carotene foods in moderate amounts, though. Eating that entire bag of baby carrots won’t speed up the skin-rejuvenation process any faster, so have a few and put them away.
Foods rich in vitamin E are great protection foods for your skin because they fortify cell membranes and help combat those harmful UV rays. Nuts and seeds are an excellent and protein-packed source of vitamin E, and they’re easy to carry with you anywhere.
You’ve probably already heard the hype about the health benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids and that most seafood is chock full of them. But did you know that omega-3s are also great for your skin? Omega-3s fortify your cell membranes so that they can keep toxins out of the body and hold water and nutrients in, and they’ve also shown to protect the skin from sun damage.
Soybeans are also rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, which have been show to reduce inflammation throughout the entire body — and that can mean fewer acne breakouts. For this reason alone, soybeans and fish should be a staple on every high school cafeteria menu.