Having healthy glowing skin is not only dependent on what you put on your face but also what you take into your body. When you eat and drink healthily then your skin will reflect it!
Green tea isn’t a ‘food’ but it should be considered one. I can’t say enough about green tea, it’s packed full of anti-oxidants and detoxifies your body as well as your skin. It helps your skin repair itself as well as fight against aging. Not to mention it has a healthy dose of caffeine which is healthier for your body than coffee.
Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and more; help neutralize free radicals that can damage the DNA in healthy skin cells. Free radicals are unstable atoms/molecules/ions, which have unstable valence electron shells so they proceed to steal electrons to balance out their instability. It is theorized that because cells accumulate free radical damage over time, they cause cells to age. Antioxidants found in berries and green tea can neutralize the free radicals by lending one of their own electrons and so stabilizing the free radicals.
Vitamin C is an essential vitamin that helps our cells produce collagen, the stuff that makes our skin look and feel supple. Vitamin C also helps with neutralizing the damage caused by free radicals. On top of that, Vitamin C helps the body maintain a healthy and strong immune system and helps it to absorb iron. Fruits and veggies that contain high levels of Vitamin C are oranges, guavas, bell peppers, tangerines, kiwis, tomatoes, brussel sprouts, and cantaloupes.
I love baked salmon, and for a good reason. It is chock full of Omega 3s which fight and reduce inflammation in your body and help your skin retain its moisture. Omega 3 is a fatty acid, that’s good for you, and that assists in cell repair and defends against cell damage. Whether you eat salmon or you take the daily supplements, it doesn’t matter, as long as you’re getting the right fats your body needs.
Sweet potatoes contain high levels of beta-carotene, a type of pigment which give these potatoes their color. Beta-carotene helps increase skin cell turnover so fresher, newer skin is produced faster. As you age, skin cell turnover slows from about new skin cells every 2 weeks to new cells every 4 weeks; so you might want to up your intake of veggies that contain high levels of beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is converted by our body into Vitamin A, aka retinol, which is super helpful to your body. Another big source of beta-carotene is CARROTS! Do you see a correlation between carotene and carrots? I sort of do. Other foods that contain high levels of beta-carotene are spinach, pumpkins, collards, kale, winter squash, and cabbage.