Ever wonder how a few simple changes to the foods you eat can make your skin healthier? For a youthful glow, try adding more of these ingredients to your meals.
Olive Oil for a Fresh-Faced Glow
Looking for a way to prevent fine lines and wrinkles? Integrate more olive oil into your cooking. A 2012 UK study analyzed the diets of over 1200 women and found that consuming at least 2 teaspoons of olive oil a day was associated with 31% fewer signs of aging. Olive oil beat out the other oils tested too since 75% of the fat in olive oil is monounsaturated fatty acids, which play a role in the youth boost.
Tomatoes for Sun Protection
While not a replacement for sunscreen, studies have found that people who ate cooked tomatoes daily, had 33% more protection from sunburn, according to a 2008 UK study printed in the British Journal of Dermatology. The antioxidant lycopene (levels of which are higher in cooked, processed tomatoes) improves skin’s natural SPF.
Soft and Smooth Skin by Dark Chocolate
Yes, every girl’s favorite snack is on the list. Flavonols are found in this sweet treat, which are a potent antioxidant that help hydrate and improve circulation. High doses of flavonols can help you experience less skin roughness and scaliness.
Clear Skin with Sardines
They may not be your favorite thing on this list, but one serving of these little swimmers contains 1.5 grams of omega-3 fatty acids, making it one of the best sources of the fat. In order to help fight acne and inflammation, try adding fatty fish to your diet, as they are particularly rich in the type of omega-3 called DHA. Omega-3 fatty acids have mood-regulating benefits, which can also help with the stress component of having acne.
A Winning Complexion with Green Tea
If you drink green tea, which contains polyphenols, you have a chance that your skin is more elastic and smooth. How’s it work? The brew’s antioxidants boost blood flow and oxygen to the skin, which delivers key nutrients to keep your complexion healthy.
Soy for Elasticity
For fewer fine lines and improved skin elasticity, eat foods rich in isoflavone (like soy) that can help stop collagen from breaking down, which is what leads to sagging and lines. You’ll find about 40 mg of isoflavones in 3 ounces of tempeh, 1 ounce of dry roasted soybeans, or 6 ounces of tofu.
Peppers Against Wrinkles
Reduce those crow’s feet by adding some more yellow and green peppers to your diet. These peppers are packed with carotenoids, another antioxidant that decreases sun sensitivity. They work to help diminish the appearance of fine lines around the eyes.
Sunflower Seeds to Fight Acne
With 37% of your daily needs for vitamin E per ounce, these seeds can help keep your skin pimple-free. Vitamin allegedly enhances immune function, allowing the body to fight off the inflammation that leads to acne.