If you are anything like me (real junk food addict), then your skin definitely knows and shows that you have been eating all the unhealthy things. Unfortunately, there is no secret serum invented yet which can undo the effects of a bad diet when it comes to your skin. Thankfully enough, this means that if junk foods can have a negative effect on your skin, healthy foods can do the exact opposite!
So, you can simply eat your way to better skin! How amazing is that? Here are a few of the best foods for glowing skin which you must include in your diet-
Avocado is good for your health. But did you know it’s good for your skin too? The fatty acid content of avocado helps in reducing the redness, revive any damage and results in fresh, dewy skin.
Carrots are not only packed with carotenoids but also with vitamin A. Vitamin A prevents the overproduction of skin cells which cause clogged pores. So, make sure you include carrots in your everyday diet.
Dark chocolate is not very popular as it tastes slightly bitter. But it has some amazing health and beauty benefits. Dark chocolate contains flavanols which act as antioxidants. Dark chocolate reduces the roughness of the skin which helps in a healthy appearance of the skin.
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Walnuts are great for increasing your skin’s collagen production, due to the high saturation of omega-3 fatty acids. This results in plumper and younger looking skin.
Have you heard of polyphenols? Polyphenols help regulate the blood flow in your skin and are found in abundance in pomegranate seeds. Having pomegranates is the perfect way to get your glow on! Have it as it is or sprinkle them on your salad or into a smoothie or bowl.
Lemon is one powerful food which can help you detox your body and get rid of waste. It helps in cleansing the liver and helps in building up new enzymes which help in eliminating toxins in your blood. Start your day with a squeeze of lemon in a warm glass of water for a clear, radiant complexion.
Blueberries are the best food for glowing skin and healthier hair. Blueberries are packed with antioxidants to protect you from ageing and help to even skin tone.
Cucumber is both hydrating and cooling for the body, and staying well hydrated is rule number one for great looking skin.
These tiny little seeds are packed with a lot of anti-inflammatory omega 3 fatty acids. Inflammation shows up on the skin in two ways:
- breakouts, and
- as premature wrinkles.
Make sure to include chia seeds in your diet.
Keep a bottle of water with you at all times and keep sipping on it. Drinking water throughout the day will keep your system internally hydrated, the results of this will be seen on your skin. Water helps in flushing out the harmful toxins from your system.
Turmeric, an Indian spice is a game-changer and my personal favorite. It has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties which makes it ideal for glowing skin. So, DIY a facemask with yogurt and turmeric (haldi!) and apply it or you can have it in warm milk or water.
This food not only helps you to get glowing skin but also protects against cancer, etc.
This tropical fruit contains many active enzymes, such as chymopapain, which is known to relieve inflammation. So, make sure you have a big bowl of this fresh, ripe papaya this summer season.
Glowing skin is another reason to include whole eggs in your diet. The yolk is rich in not only vitamins but also in “beauty vitamin,” i.e. Biotin. This vitamin will not only give you glowing skin but also help your hair and fingernails grow.
Pour yourself a cup of steaming green tea; sit back, relax, and watch your skin glow! Green tea contains catechins, an antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties. It is recommended that you have 5-6 cups of green tea in a day, but be careful to not overdo it as too much caffeine will lead to dehydration, which will have an opposite effect on the skin.
Oranges and other citrus fruits are loaded with vitamin C, minerals, dietary fiber, and other nutrients that make it one of the best fruits to consume to prevent skin diseases and get absolutely glowy skin. Oranges also give a boost to your immunity. Have an orange along with your breakfast or add orange juice dressing to your salads!
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Strawberries contain vitamin C, phenolic compounds, flavonoids, and dietary fiber. Strawberries are also known to possess antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. These properties help scavenge the toxic free oxygen radicals and help reduce skin rashes, acne, etc. By having strawberries, you will boost your health which will ultimately show on your skin. Have a small bowl of strawberries in between meals or add them to your breakfast cereal, pancakes, or smoothies.
Red wine is not only good for your heart but is also for your skin. Red grapes (used to make red wine) are full of resveratrol, an antioxidant that helps decrease oxidative damage to the skin. Also, the phenolic compounds in red grapes have anti-allergic and antiviral properties which halt the progression of skin rashes and viral infections.
Watermelon is a great source of juicy water which keeps the skin hydrated. And hydrated skin is problem-free skin, isn’t it? Apart from hydrating the skin, watermelon also contains lycopene, a powerful antioxidant which acts as a shield against UV rays.
Broccoli is a cruciferous vegetable which is rich in vitamins C, E, and K, glucosinolates, polyphenols, iron, selenium, and zinc. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of broccoli make it an ideal food for healthy and glowing skin. Have grilled or steamed broccoli with grilled chicken or fish.
A whole foods diet will not only help you lose weight but also brighten up your skin. Introducing high fiber foods such as oats will feed your inflammation-reducing gut bacteria and minimize spikes in blood sugar that can contribute to skin problems.
So, make sure you are having oats more often than before!
Green Leafy Vegetables
When it comes to the health of your skin, leafy green veggies take the front seat. Green leafy vegetables are loaded with antioxidants and essential vitamins such as spinach, kale, mustard leaves, and coriander which enhance the glow of the skin. Add these to your soups, sandwiches or even lentils (daal).
Aloe vera is the most popular home remedy for all skin problems due to its anti-inflammatory properties. When you apply aloe vera topically or consume its extract in the form of juice or supplements, it helps in reducing any kind of inflammation.
Red & Yellow Bell Peppers
Red and yellow bell peppers are rich sources of vitamin C which increase the production of collagen. Vitamin C is essential for the growth and formation of skin’s muscle tissues. Bell peppers have more vitamin C than oranges. So, make sure to include a side of bell peppers with your grilled chicken.
There is a hefty dose of vitamin A and C in sweet potatoes which help your skin lock in moisture, helping you to maintain a healthy glow. You can give ‘Sweet Potato baked French fries’ a try as they’re absolutely delicious!
Did you know that beetroot has a cleansing impact on our bodies? Well, it makes our blood clearer by removing the unwanted toxins from the body. Beetroots are loaded with iron, potassium, magnesium, fiber, phosphorus and the vitamins A, B, and C, all of which are essential for healthy and glowing skin. You can have beetroot juice or add it to your salads and soups!
Tomatoes can cure sunburn, oily skin, and acne! Rich in vitamins and minerals, tomatoes are good for hydration, stimulates blood circulation, and even fights against different forms of cancer. It also detoxifies the body, increases digestion, reduces cholesterol, and provides relief from various skin problems.
Almonds are known to be beneficial for beautiful hair. However, these nuts also have benefits for the skin. Almonds are packed with vitamin E, which helps to bring a glow to your skin and also acts as a mild disinfectant for wounds. These nuts also help maintain a healthy weight.
Salmon is one of the most important sources of anti-inflammatory omega-3s, it also contains dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE), which promotes healthy skin. These healthy fats nourish the skin by decreasing the body’s production of inflammatory substances and reducing clogged pores. So on your next trip to the market, make sure you stock up on salmon fillets. This is the best way to keep up your skin’s nutritious regimen.
Kiwi, a tangy-sweet treat can be your secret way to supple skin. It contains more vitamin C than any other fruit. Vitamin C helps maintain the collagen in our skin, keeping it firm.
Coconut Water & Oil
Coconut oil is a staple for skin care, isn’t it? This is because coconut contains caprylic acid that helps keep the skin hydrated and fights bacteria, reducing any inflammation, and breakouts. Also, the natural water from coconuts contains potassium and electrolytes which help rejuvenate the skin tissues along with relaxing the muscles. This results in younger and softer skin.
These seeds full omega-3 fatty acids, help alleviate inflammatory skin issues and improving overall hydration of your skin cells. The best way to include flaxseeds in your diet is to have them with your smoothies! They are also great for weight loss!
Garlic is an age-old spice is very effective in purging harmful bacteria from the body. It boosts the blood circulation, which ultimately leads to clearer skin. Garlic should be mixed with food after chopping or crushing for better absorption of its nutrients.
These seeds are packed with zinc, vitamins A and K and omega-3 fatty acids, all of which are essential for healthy skin and hair. Pumpkin seeds are also rich in fatty acids and vitamin C, which are important for producing sebum ‘your skin’s natural oil ‘to protect and repair skin.
Glowing skin is a sign of good health. Hence, you must try and consume healthy food and follow a strict diet plan to achieve glowing skin. Throw out all bad food habits and start following a new lifestyle, this new year!
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Tanisha Diwan, among other things is primarily a shopaholic, devourer of books, fashion & food writer, daydreamer and traveler, who still takes delight in reading hopeless romantic novels and sipping on hot masala chai.