Whether you’re 20 years old or a multiple of 20, you want your skin to look good. There are plenty of creams and lotions that promise a quick fix, but the best answer may be at your local food store. Experts say that you can keep your skin looking young by choosing good-for-skin foods and drinking plenty of water.
Your skin is directly affected by your diet. Eating foods that have the right nutrients, fatty acids, minerals and antioxidants will protect it and make it glow. Here are 8 foods for youthful skin.
8 Foods for Youthful Skin
- Coffee – If you have a cup coffee to get your day started, you’re already giving your skin a big boost. Coffee contains many compounds that protect your skin from cancer. One study reported in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute says that drinking 4 cups of coffee a day cut the risk of developing malignant melanoma.
- Watermelon – Do you love watermelon? Your skin does too! That’s because the juicy fruit is high in Lycopene. Lycopene is the same phytochemical that we love in tomatoes and that makes them so good for you. In fact, watermelon has 40% more lycopene than tomatoes! What does it do for your skin? It fights UV damage from the sun so well that it is the same as using SPF3 suntan lotion.
- Pomegranates – You already know that pomegranates are high in vitamin C. According to a report published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, that means they are great for your skin. The fruit’s antioxidants fight wrinkles, dry skin and those fine lines that can make you look older. Pomegranates also contain Anthocyanins. These boost collagen production. And the Ellagic Acid they contain cuts inflammation and harm caused by the sun.
- Shellfish – Lobster, shrimp and other types of shellfish are all high in zinc. This mineral fights inflammation. Zinc boosts the renewal of skin cells, making it key for those with aging skin as well as those with acne.
- Kale – This dark green vegetable is known as a superfood for good reason, but few know how good it is for their skin. Kale’ high levels of Vitamin K keep you from getting dark shadows around your eyes. Its high levels of iron keep your skin from looking so pale that blood vessels show through.
- Avocado – Our skin needs fatty acids to look plump and supple. Avocados are one of the best sources of fatty acids. The healthy fats in avocado are high in Oleic Acid. This is an Omega-9 fatty acid that helps your skin hold onto the moisture it needs to look good.
- Cantaloupe –Cantaloupe is sweet and juicy. It also has high levels of Vitamin A that help skin turnover. This keeps your skin looking fresh and keeps your pores from getting blocked.
What food from this list do you plan to eat more of to turn back the hands of time on your skin? Let me know in the comments below.
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