Looking to improve acne, reduce wrinkles or capture that perfect summer glow? Before you turn to the latest high-tech product or procedure, check out your local supermarket. Many of the foods we eat every day can help improve the health of your skin (as well as your overall health.)
Here are six of the best foods to help you achieve your best skin. So eat up!
Purple and blue fruits, like blueberries, blackberries and plums, are all rich in antioxidants, which combat free radical damage. They can also help keep your skin looking younger longer.
Tomatoes are an excellent source of antioxidants, namely lycopene, which helps improve skin health as well as improves skin’s natural SPF. When you cook tomatoes, you increase their lycopene content, so feel free to eat pizza sauce and marinara too.
Sunflower seeds are packed with vitamin E which helps keep your skin supple by protecting it from the sun. This snack also has a high essential-fatty-acid content which makes it a treat for parched body parts, such as lips and heels.
Kale is one of the best sources of lutein and zeaxanthin, nutrients that absorb and neutralize the free radicals created by UV light. Plus, just one cup gives you 134% and 133% of your daily value for skin-firming vitamin C and A, respectively.
Red bell peppers are not only high in vitamin C, they contain vitamin B6, dietary fiber, and carotenoids that help fight wrinkles and increase blood flow to your skin, helping you look more youthful.
Dark chocolate —we saved the best for last! Don’t believe the acne myths — chocolate can give you gorgeous skin. It’s rich in cocoa flavanols, plant compounds with antioxidant properties, which help hydrate skin and improve circulation.