Your skin is the biggest organ in your body. It protects you from excessive dehydration and pathogens, facilitates the manufacture of vitamin D, and provides you with insulation and body temperature control. While there are different skin types, ranging from dry to oily, it is widely accepted that glowing skin is a sign of good health.
If you’re looking for natural alternatives to chemicals for skin care, here are some foods that will banish wrinkles, keep your skin soft and supple, and give your skin a radiant glow, one meal at a time:
A recent study revealed that a minimum daily consumption of 8.4 grams or 2 teaspoons of olive oil resulted in 31 per cent reduced signs of aging compared to eating less. The study also showed that olive oil offers the most benefits to the skin compared to other oils like peanut and sunflower, because olive oil contains 75 percent monounsaturated fatty acids that promote youth.
This vegetable is considered one of the best sources of zeaxanthin and lutein nutrients that absorb and neutralise free radicals produced by ultraviolet light, including the harmful wavelengths that are not blocked by sunscreen. Kale is also rich in vitamins A and C, which make your skin firmer.
Beef is not only a major source of protein, which is the building block of collagen and elastin tissue that keep the skin firm and less wrinkled, but it is also a source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids that reduce skin inflammation.
Studies show that cooked pumpkin is rich in beta-carotene, which is converted into vitamin A to facilitate the growth of skin cells. Getting enough vitamin A will help to keep your skin soft, smooth and free of wrinkles.
Chickpeas and beans
Low-glycemic diets that include foods such as chickpeas and other beans have a high protein and fibre content that slows down digestion and lowers blood sugar response, reducing the incidence of red spots and inflamed pimples.
Berries, particularly blueberries, are rich in fibre, vitamins C and E and a range of other essential minerals and antioxidants that heal any radical damage to your skin, making your skin glow.
Avocados are packed with vitamin E, antioxidants and essential fatty acids that help to hydrate cell membranes. These membranes are responsible for allowing the skin cells to keep toxins out and helpful elements in for healthy, glowing skin.
Finally, drink plenty of water every day to keep your skin hydrated, which in turn makes it appear plumper and less wrinkled.
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