It’s January, you don’t need a calendar to tell you so, just step outside and feel the heat, low humidity and see the clear skies. The high temperatures are not the most comfortable, personally, I prefer the cold, rainy days. The high temperature and low humidity environment can take a toll on skin, draining the little water your skin has, leaving you with dry and unappealing skin. Under such circumstances, many people will turn to chemical skin care products, however, there is a much healthier approach to it.
The food we eat isn’t just to fill our bellies, it has nutrients and minerals that are absorbed into the body to carry out various functionalities. Below, we are going to look at everyday foods that you can add to your diet and have healthy glowing skin in little to no time.
Yes, avocados are more than the subject of funny memes. They contain healthy fats that your skin requires to keep it flexible and moisturized. Moreover, avocados are rich in Vitamin C and E, which aid in promoting the skin’s health. Pineapples are also rich in Vitamin C.
Almonds contain Vitamin E, which is an antioxidant. Research shows the antioxidant protects the skin from damage and early ageing caused by free-radicals. Other foods that contain Vitamin E are spinach and sunflower seeds.
- Sweet Potatoes
Your skin is susceptible to sun damage all day long. To protect it from sunburns and damage, you should eat foods rich in beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is a nutrient that used by the body to protect against the sun’s rays. Sweet potatoes are rich in this nutrient. Other foods that contain beta-carotene include oranges, carrots, and spinach.
- Seeds and seafood
Studies have shown your skin needs omega-3 fatty acids to rehydrate and replenish. Food that contains high levels of omega-3 fatty acids includes chia seeds, walnuts, soybeans, salmon, sardine, and mackerel.
- Dark Chocolate
If you’re looking for a reason to indulge in dark chocolate, here’s one, it’s good for your skin. A study sought to understand more about this and had two groups of subjects. The first group added dark chocolate to their normal diet while the second group did not. After 12 weeks, they looked at the data and realized the first groups’ skins were more hydrated, thicker and less scaly and rough. The second group did not exhibit these remarkable features.
Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants that help protect the skin against free radicals. It also contains potassium, zinc, and selenium, all of which help to protect the skin.
Fruits naturally rehydrate, which is great for the whole body. Moreover, many fruits contain Vitamin C, and though it is popularly used to fight off illnesses, it’s also a key ingredient in the formation of collagen and the development and reparation of skin cells.
You don’t need to use chemicals to have great skin, you just need to add these foods to your daily diet and soon enough you’ll start to notice the changes. Thus begins the journey to healthy and beautiful skin.