Believe it or not, what you eat affects how supple, soft and healthy your skin is more than what you put on the outside of it. That’s because lotions, creams and oils do nothing but sit on the outside of your skin – they don’t actually penetrate beneath the surface. However, eating the right foods will nourish your skin from the inside out. Here are some delicious – and healthy – foods you may want to try to get the moisturized, glowing skin you want.
Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, which studies are showing help to prevent skin from burning when outdoors. Results show that people who increased their lycopene intake with tomatoes (or carrots) experienced 50% less reddening after UV light exposure than those who did not increase their lycopene intake. It should be noted, however, that those who experienced less skin reddening ate fresh tomatoes – those who took supplements did not experience any significant protection from UV rays.
Tofu is an excellent source of isoflavones, which aids in protecting collagen from breaking down. Mice who were given isoflavones had notably smoother skin and less wrinkles after being exposed to UV rays than the mice who were exposed and had not been given isoflavones. Replacing meat in your diet with tofu a few times a week may increase your isoflavone intake enough that you will notice softer, smoother skin over time.
Bell Peppers (Specifically, Red)
Red bell peppers contain a high amount of vitamin C, which has been shown to help protect the skin from UV exposure. Vitamin C may also help repair damage that has already been done from spending too much time in the sun without adequate skin protection. It’s not hard to get enough vitamin C in your diet – if you don’t enjoy red bell peppers, try having a fresh papaya as a snack, or you can go to the old standard and eat a few oranges or down a nice, tall glass of cold OJ.
Salmon, Tuna, Shrimp And Other Omega-3 Rich Fish
Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for the body in more ways than one. These acids help promote heart health, healthy vision and have many other benefits for the body. Supple, firm skin is also one of those benefits, as Omega-3 helps preserve collagen.
Consuming a diet rich in these amazing “skin foods” will not only help you achieve the gorgeous, radiant skin that will make you glow from the inside out, they’re also great for your overall health. Eat up!
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