While not a replacement for sunscreen, tomatoes have been proven to improve skin’s natural SPF. A study in the UK showed that subjects who ate 5 tablespoons of tomato paste and almost a tablespoon of olive oil a day, for 12 weeks, had 33% more protection from sunburn compared to those who just ate olive oil.
Do we need an excuse to eat dark chocolate? In order to reap the full benefits, make sure you pick a bar with a high cocoa flavanols (plant compounds with antioxidant properties). These antioxidants are what will hydrate your skin and improve circulation. Try a 1-ounce portion to see the results for yourself.
A published study in the Journal of Nutrition, revealed that people who drank a beverage containing green tea polyphenols daily for 12 weeks had smoother more elastic skin. The antioxidant, EGCG, boosts blood flow and oxygen to the skin, delivering nutrients to keep a healthy complexion.
UV light (from the sun or tanning beds) creates free radicals that are harmful to your skin. Kale is one of the best sources of 2 nutrients, lutein and zeaxanthin, that absorb and neutralize the free radicals. It’s also packed with vitamin C and A which are known for their skin-firming properties.
Skin that is hydrated gives the appearance of plump, less wrinkled skin. Drinking water can help curb your cravings for sugary sweets or juices which in turn can spike your blood sugar levels. When blood levels are spiked, sugars tend to attach to proteins in collagen and produce compounds that cause your skin to sag and wrinkle.
If you’re not a fan of almond milk you can pick another non-dairy alternative. The key here is NON-DAIRY. Dairy products are highly inflammatory which can make acne, wrinkles and rashes worse. Next time you make a cup of coffee or pour yourself a bowl of cereal, reach for the soy, coconut or almond milk.
These little cuties pack on the vitamin C. As previously mentioned, vitamin C stimulates collagen synthesis, keeping skin taught and smooths fine lines. 1 medium kiwi packs nearly 120% of your daily needs. You’ll be on your way to less dryness and reduced appearance of wrinkles in no time.
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Are you looking for a natural glow? Fill up with carrots. A UK study found that people who had a higher amount of carotenoid-containing fruits and vegetables (sweet potatoes, dried apricots and carrots) gave them a healthier looking complexion.
Yellow Bell Pepper
This is a carotenoid-containing vegetable, like the carrot, but it’s also rich with antioxidants that fight free radicals. In fact, a study in the British Journal of Nutrition found that people who ate more green and yellow veggies had the least amount of wrinkles, especially crow’s feet.
These are the best source of dietary zinc. Why is zinc important? It has an important role when it comes to the growth and function of skin cells. More research is needed but some studies link low levels of zinc to acne prone skin. Just 6 oysters and you’re well above your daily dose of zinc.