While the foremost step towards achieving the desired result is to understand that different people have different skin types; fortunately there are few basic guidelines to follow, when it comes to picking the right food for any skin type. Read on as we break down the top foods for achieving clear, soft, supple, glowing skin and give you the ins and outs of exactly why we picked them.
1. Certified Organic Tomato Paste
While Lycopene, an antioxidant carotenoid, can be sourced from several other fruits like watermelon, guava, grapefruit etc. the most efficient way to get healthy skin nutrient is tomato paste made from organic tomatoes. This paste would contain ten times more Lycopene than ripe red tomatoes and is widely recognized as the best food source of this powerful antioxidant.
2. Green Tea (Powdered Green Tea)
Green tea being the most ubiquitous choice of healthy drinks across the globe, it is known for its properties that protects against sun damage and skin cancer. Its powerful antioxidants also slow the onset of visible aging by inhibiting the enzymes responsible for age-related weakening of skin’s structure. However, it is important to note that powdered green tea, popularly known as Matcha, is revered as most beneficial with its higher concentration of vitamins and antioxidants.
3. Peppers (Sweet Bell)
The colourful bell peppers commonly seen with vegetable vendors are not only brightly coloured and sweet, but also actually the most concentrated source of Vitamin C in the plant kingdom. As a matter of fact, just one ounce of raw sweet yellow bell peppers contains over 50 mg (85% DV) of all natural Vitamin C. Similarly, red and green sweet bell pepper contains around 35.8 and 22.5mg respectively.
Fun fact – Orange, which is considered to be high on Vitamin C contains only 12.6 mg per ounce.
Vitamin C is crucial for repair and growth of healthy tissues throughout the human body, including regeneration of skin cells. It also boasts of collagen production, provides antioxidant protection and also helps to reverse sun damage.
Walnuts are perfect for vegetarians and for those who are not big fish fans and still wish to add Omega-3 fatty acids to their diet. Walnuts are a rich source of Omega-3s, which contributes to shiny hair and makes skin smoother and younger looking.
Beans can go a long way in building better skin. Source of high protein content, legumes help in repairing cells that have suffered free radical damage. During digestion, protein breaks down into amino acids, the building blocks of cells. This is the acid that helps to speed the repair and regeneration of skin cells and collagen.
We suggest cracking some eggs open for that healthy desirable skin as protein helps repair cells that suffered free radical damage. Eggs that are not only high in protein content but also contain biotin, an essential vitamin that protects against dry skin.
7. Pure Mineral Water
The importance of water for good skin is known to all. Therefore, although it is technically not food, in fact less than green tea, it had to be added to the list. However, people who have access to well water at home, their tap water is perfect for their skin.
These are few superfoods that can contribute in achieving that healthy glowing skin that one always wishes for. However, one must make allowance for the fact that simply eating these things might not yield best results. Proper diet, lifestyle habits, heavy drinking and smoking issues also impact skin a great deal.