Beauty products are getting more and more high-tech, however, the top complexion cures still come from nature. Increasingly, studies are finding links between certain nutrients found in food and wrinkle reduction, radiance and acne prevention. Oh, and chocolate is on the list!!
Cocoa hydrates your skin, making it firmer and more supple. Plus, dark chocolate contains high levels of flavonols, a potent type of antioxidant. For maximum flavonol content, eat chocolate that’s at least 70 percent cacao. A couple of squares a day should be enough to improve luminosity.
The protein you get from eating dairy helps skin become firmer, so it’s more resistant to lines. Greek yogurt is especially beneficial. The protein content is often double that of regular yogurt. Eat a single serving daily to make your complexion smoother.
They’re packed with polyphenol antioxidants, which fight free radicals and regulate skin’s blood flow, giving it healthy glow. One pomegranate or a few glasses of juice daily should do the trick.
Walnuts contain omega-3 essential fatty acids, which can improve skin’s elasticity. The nuts are also loaded with copper, a mineral that boosts collagen production. Snack on a handful of walnuts each day to improve your complexion’s texture
Bell Peppers (and pretty much all green, orange and yellow veggies)
Women who eat green and yellow vegetables regularly tend to have fewer wrinkles, especially around the eyes. Also, studies found that carotenoids — the antioxidants in yellow and orange veggies — can decrease skin’s sensitivity to the sun. Carotenoids also work well topically, so make sure time-erasing products contain these miracle workers, like Healing Anthropology’s Rejuvenating Enzyme Peel. They’re especially essential in eye creams, try Healing Anthropology’s Rejuvenating Eye Repair, rich in carotenoids and other high potency antioxidant flavonoids.
Loaded with vitamin E, sunflower seeds keep your skin supple by protecting its top layers from the sun. Eat a handful daily. A high essential-fatty-acid content makes sunflower seeds especially good for those with dry skin.
They’re high in zinc, and studies indicate a correlation between blemishes and low zinc levels. That may be because of zinc’s healing properties. Have a four-ounce serving of kidney beans to help you’re skin stay clear.
Choose steel-cut oatmeal as it’s less processed than other varieties, so it retains more vitamins. Plus, it takes longer to break down in your body, which helps keep your blood sugar stable. This is important because studies found that spiked blood sugar elevates your body’s level of androgens, hormones that can contribute to wrinkles. Oats are also exceptionally skin healing, grind some in a blender or coffee grinder until it becomes a powder then add to your bath water to soothe irritated skin.
It’s very high in antioxidants, particularly one named EGCG, which is proved to reduce redness. Studies have also demonstrated that green tea helps fight inflammation. Sip at least one cup of green tea a day to reap its benefits. Green tea’s skin benefits also work when applied topically, so make sure products you use daily contain this super food. Excellent options are Healing Anthropology’s Rejuvenating Face Cream and Vitamin C Solution.