The expression ‘You are what you eat’ couldn’t be truer, as what goes into your body reflects on your skin instantly. While topical agents may offer solutions to battle acne and other skin ailments temporarily, a perfect diet is the key to a blemish-free skin. We recommend incorporating some of these food items loaded with antioxidants in your diet, that help fight acne and pave way for clearer skin. Go eat your way to clear and healthy skin.
1. Citrus Fruits
Apart from the fact that citrus fruits are fresh and tasty; they are also packed with nutritional knock-outs such as Vitamin C, Folate and Potassium. Their antioxidant properties hold the key to your glowing skin. They can be consumed as whole fruits or even taken in the form of juice. Furthermore, orange peel can be dried and powdered and used on the skin which will act as a natural scrub.
Who would have thought chocolate would be great for skin? But it is, it helps hydrate your skin leaving a fresh and glowing effect. The flavonols, a potent antioxidant in chocolate, help rejuvenate the skin and prevent skin ageing. Chocolate again can be applied topically. The caffeine in the chocolate acts on the skin and reduces skin puffiness visibly. The next time you indulge in a bar of cocoa, there is absolutely no need to feel the guilt. In fact, chocolate skin treatments and body rubs are becoming increasingly popular today.
3. Green Tea
Green tea has become the new age antidote for most ailments. Catechins, antioxidants in green tea help repair skin and fade out blemishes and spots. It also helps even out the wrinkles. The antioxidants work by reducing the formation of free radicals in the body, thus protecting cells against damage. While the benefits of green tea to skin are plenty, it acts like a wonder medicine to prevent heart diseases, cancer and help control weight. With such myriad benefits, you know what to reach out for every morning.
If you are fond of berries, any type such as strawberries, cranberries, blackberries or blueberries, there is good news for you. Berries, apart from being packed with antioxidants, are rich in nutrients, vitamins and minerals. They can have a positive effect on your skin leaving it refreshed and glowing. Many leading beauty brands use them in masks, scrubs and toners. They act as excellent skin cleansers, improve complexion and also shield skin from UV rays to an extent.
For all the fishetarians, the good news is that there are more reasons to gorge on those delicious sea foods. The ‘salmon diet’, designed mainly to target skin problems allows one to eat only a small amount of whole grains, limited fruits, non-starchy vegetables and no flour products whatsoever. This diet can help deal with many skin problems such as psoriasis, ageing and improve complexion. However, we recommend you to consult a doctor before going on such a diet.
6. Green Veggies
Although all veggies have benefits on your skin, the dark green veggies tend to help a little more. Are you the type who falls into the ‘Veggie hater’ category? No worries, we have a solution for the haters too. Go ahead and blend all the veggies into a nice smoothie and gulp it down every morning.
7. Red meat
It is often said that red meat is so good for the skin that it is even better than our good old antibiotics. Beat that! In order to prevent skin ageing, collagen is very essential and this compound is produced by amino acids such as glycine and proline which is abundantly present in red meat. Vegetarians can find this in cottage cheese, lentils, cabbage and kidney beans.
Yogurt is a natural probiotic that help replenish the bacteria, which is needed by your body. It also helps prevent acne break outs and eczema. One needs to be extremely careful while dealing with yogurt. Choose a low fat and low sugar yogurt, since the sugar in it can cause inflammation. Also, if you are sensitive to dairy products, it is best to avoid them.
Since the longest time, tomatoes are known to contain lycopene, an antioxidant that act as skin’s defense. Go ahead and consume tomatoes in all form including, puree, ketchup, sauce and paste. It is also believed that it gives best results when the tomato is cooked or processed.
10. Pumpkin seeds
Pumpkin seeds are packed with zinc which is imperative in forming new skin cells. They also help regulate oil production and improve the overall complexion of the skin and give it a nice tone. Go grab a handful of pumpkin seeds and allow your skin to speak.