I see friends spend an exorbitant amount of money for skin products that may hopefully give them better skin. And while there is no harm in using a moderate amount of skin products, these products can be rendered useless if your diet or lifestyle gets in the way of the effects of these products. Other than trying to keep to some regular exercise, it’s more important to watch what you eat rather than what you apply. Nutrition is important for health and to keep important organs like your heart and liver working well. But it’s also necessary to keep another organ healthy: your skin. What you consume can significantly affect the health and ageing of your skin.
Here are five accessible food items to have better skin:
Other than being the absolutely creamy and heavenly fruits that they are, avocados are super beneficial because they have high levels of healthy fats. Getting a sufficient amount of these fats are important to keep your skin flexible and moisturised. In fact, avocados also contain certain compounds that may protect your skin from skin damage. Eat one, get two benefits free! They contain vitamins E and C; vitamin C makes vitamin E more effective in protecting your skin from oxidative damage. An apple a day may keep you away from the doctor, but an apple and an avocado will keep you away from the doctor while looking moisturised and fresh!
Similar to avocados, walnuts contain essential fatty acids which bodies can’t produce by themselves. They contain both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids which reduce inflammation in your body, including your skin. Walnuts, too, are multifunctional in that they provide other nutrients like zinc and vitamins E and C.
3. Dark Chocolate
That’s right, fun foods can be healthy. The effects of cocoa on your skin are pretty incredible. In a study done over 12 weeks of consuming cocoa powder, participants experienced more hydrated skin. Skin is also less rough and scaly after cocoa consumption, which also reduces your skin’s sensitivity to the sun and improves blood flow.
4. Green Tea
I love tea. Emphasis on love. I devote my life to it because I would not be able to survive without it. The ordinary man’s coffee is my tea. And if you’re like me, you’re in for some great news. Green tea has some powerful compounds called catechins which improve your skin in several ways. It improves moisture, roughness, thickness and elasticity of the skin, while also protecting your skin against sun damage. However, try to consume your green tea without milk, because milk is said to reduce the impact of the green tea’s antioxidants. Even if you aren’t a tea person, this could be the opportunity you were looking for to try some out.
5. Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of beta-carotene, which converts to vitamin A. These carotenoids keep your skin healthy and supply by acting as a natural sunblock. The antioxidants protect your skin cells from sun exposure, which keeps you far away from sunburn, cell death, and dry, wrinkled skin.
There you have it! Five delicious ways to keep your skin supple and beautiful! Rather than spending a ridiculous amount of time trying to figure out the best products for your skin, take a step back and reconfigure your diet. Perhaps just drinking more water or eating the right things was all you had needed!