The skin care industry may be handing out expensive cream samples to prevent wrinkle lines, reduce acne, lighten dark spots and moisture fine lines, but the best way to take care of your skin starts from the inside out. The kinds of food you purchase from the produce section of your local grocery store may help beautify your skin. “Certain foods have powerhouse ingredients that keep skin supple and smooth and help fight age-related damage,” says dermatologist Nicholas Perricone, MD, and author of Ageless Face, Ageless Mind.
Here are 5 wallet-friendly, skin-saving foods full of antioxidants and nutrients that may help stave off acne and future wrinkle lines.
Reported by Fitness Magazine, the protein consumed from dairy will help skin become more resistant to lines, which reduces wrinkles. Opt for greek yogurt and stay away from the sugary ones. The protein content in greek yogurt doubles that of regular yogurt. Pair plain greek yogurt with a tablespoon of honey for a delicious and nutritious breakfast or snack. Eat a single serving daily for a smoother complexion.
Bring on the edamame during happy hour! Testosterone is the number one hormone responsible for acne breakouts. Consuming soy products (or applying soy products to face) will help produce more estrogen in the body to reduce skin discoloration, wrinkles, and maintain skin elasticity. New York Dermatologist, MD, David Banks told Fitness Magazine, “Soy contains minerals and proteins that have been shown to reduce hyper-pigmentation. One cup a day should yield results.” Soy beans also contain vitamin E which can help renew dead skin cells and regenerate new ones. Soy milk, tofu, and edamame are all great soy options!
There is a long list of health benefits that come with drinking green tea; one of them being health food for your skin. Studies have shown that drinking green tea may reduce your risk of skin cancer. Due to the popular tea’s high antioxidant content, it can help reduce sun damage, signs of aging and inflammation of the skin and body.
Explained by Clear Skin Forever, green tea has a polyphenol called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), which is “the magic acne-busting antioxidant.” EGCG plays a huge role in keeping your IGF-1 levels to normal which makes your skin produce less sebum, reduce inflammation and calm redness. IGF-1 is the complicating hormone that basically makes you break out by producing too many skin cells in your pores. Drink a cup or two of green tea a day to keep your IGF-1 levels at bay ;)
These delicious orange root treats are packed with vitamin A and C which defends against the damage that sun exposure will cause. Style Craze says the antioxidants from sweet potatoes repair cell damage caused by excessive UV exposure. This a food that needs to be added to the everyday diet of sun lovers and beach addicts.
Strawberries are pleasing to both the eye and body. The fruit is rich in vitamin C which prevents wrinkles and keeps the immune system strong. According to Health Magazine, the high content of vitamin C will help your body fight free radicals, which damage cells and break down collagen. Combine other berries such as blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries to reap the health benefits from these delicious superfoods.
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