6 Foods That Are Good for Skin Health

What you eat has a direct effect on your skin, and eating a healthy diet full of antioxidants, good fats, collagen, vitamin C,  and amino acids can mean the difference between a glowing, fresh complexion, and a puffy, tired, wrinkled one. Here are some nutrient-dense foods that directly benefit your skin and some of our favorite goop recipes that include them.

You probably think about how nutrition impacts your weight and your internal health, but eating the right foods can also enhance the quality of your skin. You can look at food as the raw materials for a factory. The better the quality of the raw materials we have, the higher the chance that we’ll end up with a right durable product. 

Healthy skin is a great indicator of health. Putting lotions, expensive creams,  and treatments on the outside of your body can’t provide solutions to problems emanating from nutritional deficiencies inside your body. Intake of the right foods and avoiding the wrong ones can reveal youthful-looking, beautiful skin without incurring the high costs of expensive cosmetics.

Research studies have proven that a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts, yogurt, eggs, vegetable oils, whole grains, tea, and water results in less photo-aging and skin wrinkling than diets that include whole milk, red meat, sugary products, butter,  and potatoes. To better acknowledge the role diet plays in maintaining healthy skin, a primary understanding of how free radicals damage our cells, and how antioxidants work to protect against cell damage will be useful. Here’s what to include in your diet to improve the health of your skin.

1. Salmon:

Oily fish and salmon in specific, is packed full of omega-3’s, another good fat that does miracles for your skin. The polyunsaturated fatty acids present in it protect the skin from sun exposure, help repair already damaged skin, and keep cell membranes healthy and hydrated, keeping toxins out and your skin looking supple and soft.

2. Blueberries:

Antioxidants are one of the most critical factors in maintaining beautiful skin, and eating blueberries are one of the easiest ways to get them. Antioxidants help neutralize and fight free radicals (one of the skin’s worst foes), which  harm skin cells and collagen, causing dry skin, wrinkles, and a host of other aging skin factors. Blueberries are super rich in vitamin A, which helps normalize oil levels in your skin, and is very helpful in naturally clearing up acne-prone skin.

3. Bone Broth:

Bone broth is excellent for the elasticity of the skin as it’s full of collagen, essential amino acids, and minerals like magnesium and calcium. When bones are simmered for a long duration, the collagen inside them cooks down into gelatin, which, when consumed, keeps skin elastic, smooth, and firm. The gelatin in bone broth also helps soothe your digestive tract, which can help minimize inflammation, fighting yet another aging factor.

4. Lemon:

Lemon is excellent for skin, not only because it’s packed with vitamin C, which helps neutralize free radicals and helps us make elastin and collagen (which bind skin cells together, giving us, younger-looking, firm skin), but it’s also one of the best alkalizing foods out there. Although lemons taste acidic, once metabolized, the minerals in them help alkalize the blood and balance our bodies’ pH (which in most bodies is too acidic because of overconsumption of things like processed foods, alcohol, and coffee). When your bodies’ pH levels are out of order, your skin becomes dry, super sensitive, and irritation-prone, so maintaining the right balance is vital.

5. Turmeric:

Turmeric is excellent for skin because of its incredible anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation in the body is rough on skin, leading to aging and wrinkles in the long run, and making skin look tired and puffy in the short term. Drinking or eating dried or fresh turmeric helps fight inflammation, keeping skin looking brighter and younger, while also helping relieve more serious inflammatory skin problems such as eczema and rosacea.

6. Tomatoes

Eating any tomato-based foods like tomato juice and sauce can help fight acne. Lycopene found in tomatoes is a phytochemical that makes tomatoes red and may reduce an acne-promoting hormone. Though there’s no set dosage for how much lycopene one should consume to combat stubborn spots,  include tomato-based foods in your diet between 3 and 5 times weekly.

Lycopene may also help shield your skin from UV rays. Carotenoids and lycopene found in orange to reddish-colored vegetables and fruits can help enhance the skin’s antioxidant levels. Antioxidants fight free radicals produced from excessive sun exposure.

Conclusion Diet alone does not achieve the goal of radiant, luscious,  and glowing skin. Some various other factors could catapult and complement you to your dream; exercise, an achievable beauty routine, quitting to smoke, avoiding stress, and other factors.  

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Henna Clark

Henna is a wellness lifestyle writer. She loves sharing her thoughts and personal experiences related to natural remedies, Ayurvedic, yoga and fitness through her writing. She currently writes for How To Cure. She can connect with others experiencing health concerns and help them through their recovery journeys through natural remedies.

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