When thinking of taking care of our skin, most of us tend to think about washes, creams, and SPFs. However, most of us don’t realize that our daily diet plays a key role in the health of our bodies’ largest organ. Here we’ll discuss 8 power-foods that can help your skin stay healthy and keep it looking great!
Carrots are not only good for the eyes, they’re great for the skin too! Carrots are packed with Vitamin A which can help prevent the overproduction of cells in the skin’s outer layer, clear breakouts, and even reduce the development of skin cancer cells.
Believe it or not, this wonderful little vegetable/fruit actually does better for the skin when cooked down! Tomatoes are full of Lycopene which helps eliminate skin-aging free radicals caused by ultraviolet rays. Just half a cup of cooked tomatoes or tomato sauce has enough lycopene for a daily dose.
Don’t do tomatoes? Try watermelon instead!
These leafy greens are a huge defense against cancer causing cells in the body. In a study published in the International Journal of Cancer, participants that ate the most greens had half as many skin tumors over 11 years as those that ate the least. Some scientists believe that the folic acid in spinach can actually help repair and maintain DNA which can reduce the likelihood of cancer-cell growth. Plus as an added bonus, the water in leafy greens penetrates cell membranes which makes for fuller, less wrinkled skin.
Can’t do spinach? Try some Collard Greens!
Packed full of Vitamin C, these sweet little wonders will help smooth out fine lines and wrinkles in the skin! Vitamin C is absolutely essential for collagen production which helps keep those pesky little creases away!
Not a fan of Sweet Potatoes? Try a glass of orange juice!
Safflower oil has been known to treat dry, flakey skin and can even help with severe cases such as eczema. The high amounts of omega-6 fatty acids in safflower oil help keep cell walls supple which allows water to better penetrate the skin.
Don’t like safflower oil or can’t find it in your local store? Try Soybean or corn oil.
When heated up, the powerful green tea leaves release a type of antioxidant called catechins. These amazing antioxidants have not only been proven to help prevent skin cancer, but they may also reverse the effects of sun damage! Make sure to drink it while it’s hot though; as the tea cools down the antioxidants in it start to degrade and not be as effective.
Not on the green tea bandwagon? White tea is a great substitute!
Almonds are a great source for blocking out harmful rays from the sun. These little seeds are full of Vitamin E which acts as a potent sun blocker! Studies show that individuals who ate at least 20 almonds a day that were then exposed to UV light, sunburned less than those who ate none.
Need a substitute? Try 2 tablespoons of peanut butter or ½ cup of broccoli.
Antioxidants called flavonols protect against sun damage and help reduce rough skin. And what do ya know?! Dark chocolate is PACKED full of these amazing flavonols! Just a few ounces a day will do the trick!
Unfortunately there isn’t a good substitute for dark chocolate, unless you want to eat a TON of berries!! And I mean a TTTTTOOOONNNNN of berries!!