Your skin is a reflection of your health. You might have seen celebrities proudly posing with radiant skin in front of the camera. Thanks to the junk foods, people have developed acne, eczema, dryness, and other skin conditions.
Skin Cancer Foundations reveals that more than 5.4 million Americans were treated with skin cancer in 2012.
What’s the catch?
You are what you eat. Whatever you eat becomes part of your biological system. So, the best advice any dermatologist can give you is: Eat and drink your way to a healthy skin with nutritious foods.
So, if you want to look like Katy Perry, Dakota Johnson, include these 5 foods in your diet and make your skin shine like a star:
Drinking enough water is essential for your health and skin. As simple as it may sound, regular intake of water helps you fight the issue of dry skin, especially in winter and summer.
Regular intake of 8-12 Glasses per day should be your slogan. Put this slogan to your computer or mobile screen or create custom made patches of this slogan on any of your favorite fabric and put it on the most visible area of your room.
Not a water lover? Although there is no substitute for it, you may make your own healthy beverages. Try lemon, cucumber, frozen berries water. Depending on your taste, a smoothie will work too. As a hot beverage, green tea is an ideal supplement with your food.
Eat a handful of nuts every day. They not only stimulate the thought process but also slow down the aging process. The nuts contain ingredients, such as calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, zinc, Vitamin E and pantothenic acid which ensure a healthy and smooth skin.
Almonds are rich in vitamin E, proteins, magnesium, fiber, omega-3 and omega-6. They are best for healthy skin and hair. If you are allergic to almonds, use almond paste face-mask, instead.
3. Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are a great source of beta carotene, an antioxidant that turns into Vitamin A upon consumption, deficiency of which is a huge reason for dull and dry skin. These antioxidants protect your skin from free radicals and also serve as a natural sunblock.
Sweet potatoes can be used as face and hair mask. When applied on the face, they draw out impurities and unclog your pores to ensure a robust skin texture. For the best results on eye bags, use cold potatoes, cut some slices and rub directly beneath the skin of your eyes.
Eating tomatoes result in a taut and beautiful skin. Indeed! For sun-ripened tomatoes contain the valuable, red plant colorant lycopene, which supports the skin against the sun.
However, this does not mean that you can come out in the sun for a musical concert with your athletic sneakers and t-shirt with custom patches of your favorite music band. You should cut down on the exposure of your skin to sunlight as much as possible. Tomatoes work best when heated and processed before consumption as they are absorbed by the body.
One of the best ways for luminously healthy skin is a higher intake of omega-3 rich fatty acids. Fishes such as salmon, mackerel, and herring are excellent choices. They keep your skin moisturized, thick and supple.
Fish is also a source of vitamin E which protects your skin from free radicals and inflammation. It also contains high-quality proteins which provide strength to your skin. Besides, it is rich in zinc which is essential for the production of new skin cells.
The bottom line is: your skin indicates your inner health. Therefore, if you want to ensure a radiant skin, you need to be particular with your diet and eat foods that can fortify the health of your skin.
Apart from these best skin foods, take enough sleep, avoid going out in sunlight, keep your skin clean and most importantly enjoy your life.