The New Year is often laden with fresh resolutions, goals and promotions, (the UN has declared 2016 to be the International Year of the Pulses). You’re likely swimming in nutritional information; your shopping list includes foods for preventing cancer, promoting good digestion and revving your energy levels.
What about your skin?
Boost your usual skin care regime with foods proven to treat your skin ailments and give skin a healthy glow from the inside out. Look for foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins A, C, and E, and antioxidants. Here is a sampling of skin-healthy foods that suit every dietary need, (shout-out to the vegans, vegetarians, lactose intolerant, and gluten intolerant), are affordable, easy to find, and easy to use.
To fight acne: cashews, chickpeas, squash seeds, kidney beans, oats, sesame seeds, almonds, peanuts
If you struggle with acne it’s possible you’re not getting enough zinc in your diet. Zinc helps the skin’s sebaceous glands perform proper skin cell turnover, which keeps your skin’s oil production normal, and prevents your pores from blocking and becoming infected, resulting in breakouts.
Smooth lines, wrinkles, and heal skin damage: almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, flax seeds, sweet potatoes, citrus fruits, red peppers
Vitamin E, Vitamin C, and fatty acids all keep skin healthy with hydration, which balances oil production and smooths out fine lines, slows down the development of wrinkles, and promotes healing. Almonds and sunflower seeds are rich in Vitamin E. Sweet potatoes, citrus fruits, and red peppers are rich in Vitamin C. Flax seeds, chia seeds and walnuts are great sources of omega-3 fatty acids.
For glowing skin: carrots, dark chocolate, berries, tomatoes
Antioxidants help your skin to balance cell production and give you naturally glowing skin by regulating skin cell production and lessening the amount of time you need to spend exfoliating. They also battle free radicals, which are unstable molecules that exist everywhere – they can be generated both in the environmental and your body – that are aggravated especially by UV light, and damage your skin by accelerating the signs of aging and sun damage, and degenerating the collagen your skin needs to retain elasticity.
Carrots provide Vitamin A and antioxidants that help your skin regulate cell production, reducing your need to exfoliate, and eliminating free radicals. Dark chocolate, berries and tomatoes are packed with antioxidants to stop free radicals in their tracks and allow your skin to heal from the damage they have caused.