Beautiful skin comes not just from beauty products, but from within. You may be using the best skincare products, but true attractiveness in the form of healthy, nourished skin can be also be attributed to what you eat and drink. The right nutrition will not only ensure that you feel good inside, it will also give you a warm, healthy glow on the outside.
What to drink for healthy skin?
- Water: Hydrate your skin by drinking water regularly. Water aids blood circulation, helps eliminate toxins and gives your skin a healthy appeal. Drink at least 8 glasses of water per day, and more during the summer.
- Fresh fruit juices (in moderation) are packed with vitamins and minerals and provide you with the fluids that your body needs.
- Hot drinks like anise, chamomile, as well as green tea and coffee which contain antioxidants beneficial for body cells as well as skin cells.
What to eat for healthy skin?
- Plenty of fruits and vegetables: in addition to the minerals and vitamins they contain, they are rich in antioxidants which help fight free radicals that damage our body cells, including our skin. Antioxidants found in vegetables and fruits include Vitamin C and Vitamin A. Vitamin C is found abundantly in guava, oranges, kiwi, strawberries, melon, green pepper and broccoli, and Vitamin A is mainly found in carrots, spinach, mango and apricots. Have at least 5 servings a day of colorful fruits and vegetables.
- A small handful of nuts and seeds, especially almonds and peanuts which are rich in the antioxidants Selenium and Vitamin E. Pine nuts are rich in zinc which plays a role in skin repair. In addition, nuts are a major source of essential fats which help build healthy skin cells.
- Fish: Rich in the beneficial omega-3 fatty acids which also help nourish the skin and prevent its dryness. Sources of omega-3 fats are oily fish like salmon and sardines, canola oil and walnuts.
What to avoid for a healthy skin?
- Excessive sun exposure: the free radicals from UV light damage the skin, so just apply some sunscreen for protection.
- Stress which can make the skin look and feel dull.
- Smoking since it can cause skin dryness and can cause blood vessels to constrict, reducing the blood flow to the skin, and thus robbing your skin of essential nutrients.
Good to know:
Exercise gets the blood flowing to the skin! So give yourself a healthy glow by going for a walk every day.