“You are what you eat.” The foods that we put into our body have the capability to enhance or diminish our beauty. Our body thrives on fresh foods that are not processed, pasteurized, or includes any additives. Naturally, organically grown foods are full of healthy ingredients that can remove the signs of aging, prevent diseases, reduce excess weight and keep you looking beautiful.
Women and men alike have been focused on restoring beauty from the outside of the body. Last year along the US along spent $2.5 billion on cosmetics and $10 billion on cosmetic procedures. The beauty industry has been selling cosmetics, makeup and anti aging treatments for hundreds of years because it’s easier to hide unattractive features and imperfections than it is to eliminate them with a healthy diet. Not to mention that over the past couple of decades our society has become so fast paced that fast food restaurants have taken the place of home made dinners. However, an unhealthy diet and the overuse of beauty products can leave your skin damaged, red, dry, rough, wrinkled and acne ridden.
Even though you can find your own natural beauty boosters right in your very own home. Your kitchen contains all the necessary foods that can enhance your beauty and make your skin healthier. Here is a list of foods to keep on hand and include in your daily diet to protect your skin from wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, sunburns, redness, inflammation, dryness, and acne.
During the summer most people head to the beach and forget their sunscreen. This leaves our skin exposed to the sun, which can cause UV damage and sunburn. To protect your skin naturally choose foods filled with lycopene and vitamin E. Lycopene and vitamin E are both antioxidants which protect cells from damaging free radicals. Additionally, lycopene shields the skin from sun damage, while vitamin E repairs and restores skin from sun damage. Foods rich in lycopene include pink grapefruit, tomatoes in all forms, and watermelon. Lycopene gives these foods their color. Vitamin E can be found in nuts such as walnuts, hazelnuts, and especially almonds, olives, spinach, and vegetable and plant oils.
Acne is a skin condition that affects thousands of people from young to old all over the world.
This skin condition can be the beginning of self-consciousness for many young teenagers. Although the specific causes of acne are usually related to hormonal changes. Other aspects of our daily lives are factors that contribute to the intensity, severity, and duration of acne. Vitamin A is a natural skin exfoliant. It is the main ingredient in many of today’s prescription topical acne creams. Vitamin A restores the skins soft, supple, radiant glow. Vitamin A can be found in collard greens, liver, eggs, carrots, peppers, kale, and spinach.
One side effect of the skin condition acne is redness and inflammation. When hair follicles become blocked the skin around the follicle becomes raised, reddened and tender. Not all types of acne cause these symptoms however they are very common. Although, redness and inflammation can be caused by other skin conditions as well such as psoriasis, and eczema. Additionally environmental factors and weather changes can cause these reactions on the skin. Quercetin is a naturally occurring flavanoid. Quercetin is an antihistamine and anti-inflammatory. As an antihistamine it depuffs inflamed skin and reduces swelling. As an anti-inflammatory it reduces redness. Foods rich in Quercetin include capers, black and green tea, apples, onions, red grapes, citrus fruits, tomatoes, broccoli, and leafy greens.
As we age the signs of aging slowly, but surely appear on our skin. Wrinkles, dry, sagging and drooping skin are all signs of decreased elastin and collagen in our skins muscle fibers. Botox is the growing beauty procedure to prevent wrinkles. However, vitamin C is a natural botox that builds and strengthens collagen fibers. Vitamin C can naturally keep your skin wrinkle free. Vitamin B also is important in rebuilding and repairing collagen and elastin fibers. Vitamin B is also important in maintaining metabolic reactions. Red peppers, citrus fruits, kiwi, cabbage, parsley, papaya, and cantaloupe all contain vitamin C. Good sources of vitamin B can be found in whole grain breads, pasta, and rice, wheat, meats, fish and eggs and brewers yeast.
Dry, rough skin is a sign of dehydration and water loss. It gets harder for our skin to retain water as we age. Omega 3 fatty acids keep the skin hydrated and prevent water loss in skin cells. Proper water intake keeps the skin hydrated and promotes waste filtration. Oils such as olive oil, walnut oil, Soya oil, rapeseed oil, and peanut oil, oily fish such as trout, tuna, anchovies, sardines, and herring and nuts such as almonds, and hazelnuts, and avocadoes and olives are all rich in omega 3 and 6 fatty acids.
Including these ingredients and foods in your diet and daily/weekly basis will enhance your skins natural beauty. Stop wasting money on cosmetics and makeup that hide your imperfections. Eat a balanced diet with plenty of water intake and reduce the signs of aging and keep your skin looking naturally young and beautiful.