According to dermatologists, what you eat can have as significant an impact for the skin as any skincare products you use. So easily you can keep it clear and healthy.
But there is a huge difference:
skincare products can expose your skin to chemicals, eating healthy and including these specific nutrient-rich foods in your diet is a natural way to keep your skin looking and feeling good.
Some foods can even help your skin build up a natural barrier against harmful free radicals found in the sun’s rays.
To name some...
Tomatoes, green tea, kale, and yellow and orange vegetables all have nutrients in them that will help protect your skin from the sun.
The lycopene found in tomatoes (especially cooked ones) improves the skin’s natural SPF levels, and the carotenoids (antioxidants) in yellow and orange vegetables (such as carrots, peppers, and pumpkin) can help decrease skin’s sensitivity to the sun.
Kale is widely known as one of the best sources of lutein and zeaxanthin, which are nutrients that naturally absorb the free radicals from UV light that can get past sunscreen and infiltrate your skin.
You can also get some of these skin-strengthening nutrients by drinking green tea, which helps make your skin more resistant to UV rays and more elastic and clear overall.
Dermatologists also recommend consuming dark chocolate, red wine, pomegranates, and sunflower seeds as a way to help make your skin healthier.
Dark chocolate (above 70%) can help hydrate your skin and improve circulation, giving you a smoother, more radiant skin.
Pomegranates also help regulate circulation under your skin and are some of the most nutrient-rich fruits. They’re full of polyphenol antioxidants, which fight the free radicals that can harm your skin and cause health issues.
A healthy amount of red wine (½ cup a day) has been linked to a reduced rate of actinic keratoses, which are skin lesions that can ultimately cause sun damage and lead to more serious skin issues.
The high levels of vitamin ِD found in sunflower seeds will further protect the top layers of your skin from the sun, as they help build up your skin’s natural SPF and help you keep your skin clear.
Skincare is vital to one’s overall well being, and a healthy, well-balanced diet can have a significant impact on one’s skin's health.
Eating these foods, in addition to wearing sunscreen, seeking shade while the sun’s rays are the most powerful (from 11 am - 3 pm), and wearing sun protective, UPF50+ clothing, will help protect your skin and keep you carefree, glowing, and most importantly, healthy.