Beauty is not just skin deep!
Whoever said “you are what you eat” probably looked 20 years younger than their actual age! Good nutrition has always been preached to us as little kids, and for good reason. Compiled is a list of antioxidant-rich foods, which are instrumental in slowing and preventing free-radical damage.
Salmon, Tuna, Mackerel, Cold Water Fatty Fish contain CoQ10 or Coenzyme Q10 that helps your cells work and the high protein accelerates the skin’s natural healing process.
Carrots, Apricots, Oranges, Cantaloupe, Beets, Spinach, Sweet Potatoes are full of beta-carotene, which is converted to Vitamin A. These orange, red and green foods are instrumental in producing more new cells, skin repair and reviving damaged tissue.
Kiwis, Strawberries, Citrus Fruits, Papayas, Broccoli, Red Bell Pepper hold Vitamin C that fights free radicals (reactive oxygen molecules that damage cells and prematurely age the face), helps repair sun damage, aids in collagen (a protein that forms the basic structure of the skin) and elastin production to keep the skin firm and taut. It may also help prevent the appearance and worsening of age spots
Tomatoes contain lycopene, which protects the skin from damaging UV rays and stimulates skin circulation.
Flaxseed, Walnuts, Salmon, Sardines and Safflower Oil are great choices for Omega-3’s and Omega-6s which are the good fats that help your skin’s natural oil barrier. The Omegas can improve skin elasticity, prevent dryness, and give skin a smoother appearance. The omegas helps inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.
Green Tea is the wonder drink! This powerhouse helps slow DNA damage, stop inflammation, help prevent skin cancer and reverse the effects of sun damage.
Almonds, seeds, nuts, olives and avocados are in the Vitamin E category which helps protect skin from sun damage, by protecting skin cells from UV sunlight and other environmental factors that generate cell-damaging free radicals.
Changing your diet won’t make your skin glow overnight! It takes six weeks for the skin cells to turnover, thus 6 weeks longer to see the visible benefits. So, try these wonder foods for 3 months , and don’t get discouraged! Keep in mind, that the same foods that contribute to younger looking, smoother skin also boost your defenses against skin cancer as well as promote overall good health!