When it comes to gorgeous skin, what we put in our body is even more important than what we put on our skin. Remember, our skin is the largest organ in the human body, and the best way to develop healthy skin on the outside is to pay attention to good nutrition on the inside.
These are my top five foods for beautiful skin from the inside out:
1. Kale – Skin Elasticity
Excellent source of vitamin C, an important antioxidant that protects our skin from damage, lowers the prevalence of wrinkles, and dryness. Vitamin C is essential for production of collagen, a protein in the skin that adds strength, and flexibility. Kale allows our skin to look firm, plump, and young
Other excellent sources of Vitamin C: Red Bell Peppers, Papaya, and Broccoli
2. Salmon – Skin Moisture
Salmon is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids lubricate skin and are responsible for healthy cell membranes. Salmon will help your skin maintain its proper moisture, allowing your skin to feel soft and smooth.
Other excellent sources of Omega 3 Fatty Acids: flaxseeds, chia seeds, walnuts, and canola oil.
3. Tomatoes – Skin Protection
Tomatoes are high in lycopene, a powerful antioxidant shown to protect our skin against damaging UV radiation. Cooking tomatoes and eating with healthy fats (since lycopene is fat soluble) greatly increases your body’s absorption of lycopene.
Other excellent sources of Lycopene: watermelon, apricots
4. Chickpeas – Acne
Zinc found in chickpeas can help control oil production and reduce acne lesions.
Other excellent sources of Zinc: Pumpkin Seeds, Wheat Germ
5. Cherries – Anti-Wrinkle
Cherries contain some of the highest levels of antioxidants, which protect skin against oxidative stress and inflammation.
Other excellent sources of Antioxidants: Prunes, Green Tea
A great way to start eating these foods is to try my skin-purifying kale and chickpea soup.
Have a great day!