Searching for the secret to healthy, radiant skin? Look no further than your kitchen. When it comes to getting a gorgeous glow, the foods you eat are just as important as the creams or lotions you slather on your Face. And certain nutrients can help you save face more than others. Antioxidants are crucial when it comes to maintaining a youthful glow. They fight off free-radical damage that can cause skin to age prematurely.
Other complexion savers include vitamin A, lycopene, and fiber. Luckily, they’re easy to incorporate into your diet.
- Green Tea
Polyphenols found in green tea are some of the most powerful antioxidants out there. To up your polyphenol intake, try switching out your morning cup of coffee to green tea.
All honey offers some benefits for your skin, but honey, produced by bees that pollinate the bush, may be the best. The antioxidants in honey are exceptionally good at binding to free radicals and reducing them. And that’s important since free radicals that come from the sun destroy collagen and elastin, which keep skin smooth and supple.
To reap the benefits, stir it into a cup of green tea, or drizzle it onto plain yogurt.
One of the highest of any vegetable which means they’re great at keeping you hydrated. They help my skin retain moisture so it stays healthy and hydrated. Cucumbers are easy to incorporate into meals:
Simply add a few slices to salads, sandwiches, and wraps for a hydrating boost.
Tomatoes are packed with lycopene, which works like an internal protector to help shield your skin against sunburn and the aging effects that come with sun exposure.
To work more tomatoes into your diet, try cooking up a zesty sauce made with fresh tomatoes, garlic, and basil.
You could also roast a batch of grape tomatoes drizzled with olive oil for a simple yet tasty side dish.
The unsaturated fats found in fish, called omega-3 fatty acids, reduce inflammation and make your complexion look clearer and more even. They also reduce the risk of skin conditions associated with inflammation, such as rosacea and eczema, which cause redness and dry patches, respectively.
- Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are a great source of beta carotene, which our bodies convert to vitamin A, a powerful antioxidant that fights free radical damage and is anti-inflammatory.
One serving of sweet potatoes contains about 4 grams of fiber and a whopping 377 percent of your daily vitamin A requirements.
Try them baked and topped with a spoonful of protein-packed Greek yogurt.
Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are loaded with antioxidants, polyphenols, and flavonoids, which help neutralize free radicals from your body, helping to slow down the aging process.
Sipping lots of H2O keeps your skin hydrated, making it appear smoother and more supple. If you struggle to drink enough or don’t like the taste, try flavoring your water with fruits or veggies.
I infuse my water with blueberries, cucumber, basil, and strawberries, and it helps me drink more water throughout the day.
Recommendations for daily water intake depend on your gender, body size, activity level, temperature, and health conditions. A great way to ensure you’re drinking enough is to check your urine color:
You should always drink more when it’s hot out or when you exercise.
- And One to Avoid: Sugar
Consuming too much refined sugar can trigger the process of glycation, whereby sugar molecules bind to collagen fibers in your skin, making them stiff and deformed.
This creates advanced glycation end products, which damage your skin and cause it to age prematurely.
So to keep your skin looking young, skip processed sugars and stick to the natural kind found in fruits and vegetables.