What is there to be not only healthy, but also beautiful
We all know the old axiom “beauty starts from the inside”, and in the case of skin, this is 100% true. What we eat has a direct impact on its appearance. A healthy diet full of healthy fats, antioxidants, vitamin C, collagen and amino acids makes it unnecessary to use a highlighter. Here are six superfoods packed with nutrients to help wipe away tiredness, puffiness and wrinkles.
Probably, only hermits have not heard about the beneficial properties of avocado. The abundance of poly- and monounsaturated fatty acids (such as omega-9) keeps the skin firm and radiant, helps regenerate damaged skin cells, and reduces redness and irritation. Omega-9, in particular, keeps the epidural (top) layer hydrated, and this, in turn, is expressed in that very radiant look. Avocados are also rich in antioxidant carotenoids, which hold water in the skin while fighting free radicals – the main culprits of aging.
Fatty fish in general and salmon in particular are full of omega-3s, another good fat that works wonders for our skin. Polyunsaturated fatty acids protect skin from sun exposure, help repair already damaged skin, and keep cell membranes healthy and hydrated by flushing out toxins.
Antioxidants neutralize free radicals, and the easiest way to get them is by adding blueberries to your diet. Berries are also rich in vitamin A, which helps to normalize the level of oil in the skin and is very beneficial for naturally cleansing skin, especially acne-prone skin.
Bone broth is a storehouse of collagen, minerals like calcium and magnesium, and amino acids. When bones are simmered for several hours, the collagen inside them turns into gelatin, which, when ingested, keeps the skin firm, smooth and supple. The gelatin in bone broth also helps calm the digestive tract, which may help reduce inflammation, another factor in aging.
Lemon is incredibly beneficial for the skin, not only because it contains vitamin C, which can neutralize free radicals and helps us produce collagen and elastin (which bind skin cells together, giving it elasticity, youth). In addition, the minerals they contain help alkalize the blood and balance the body’s pH (which in most organisms is too acidic due to over-consumption of foods such as coffee, alcohol, and processed foods). When the body’s pH level gets out of control, the skin becomes hypersensitive, dry and prone to irritation, so maintaining an optimal pH balance is key.
Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties. In the short term, it fights skin puffiness and fatigue, in the long term, it fights wrinkles and general aging. Eating dried or fresh turmeric can also ease more serious inflammatory skin problems like eczema and rosacea.