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Best Foods for Beautiful Skin--Get Beautiful, Clear Skin With What You Eat

By Edited Nov 14, 2015 0 1

Beautiful Skin Diet

Everyone wants beautiful, glowing skin.  Unfortunately, not all people are blessed with clear skin.  Most people suffer from dry skin, blemishes, uneven pigmentation, and other skin blemishes.  There are dozens of creams, cleansers, and products promising beautiful, clear skin, but beautiful skin is not only about what you put on the outside.  Beauty starts from the inside out and what you eat effects how your skin looks.  Therefore, before you start coating your skin with a bunch of creams and serums, look at what you eat and check out the Beautiful Skin Diet.

These simple modifications to your diet can help to ensure that you have beautiful, clear skin naturally.  This diet will help you to have glowing supple skin free from blackheads, blemishes, and wrinkles.  The foods below are the best foods for beautiful skin.

Beautiful Skin Diet

Tomatoes

Tomatoes are superfoods that contain a powerful antioxidant called lycopene.  Lycopene has numerous health benefits and one of the many benefits of lycopene is that it protects the skin against sun damage.  Lycopene is absorbed by the body after it has been cooked or processed; therefore, in order to get lycopene from tomatoes, you should eat tomato sauce, tomato paste, or ketchup.  Tomatoes are also high in carotenoid which slow down cellular damage to the skin caused by free radicals.

Green Tea

Green tea has numerous health benefits because it is an antioxidant powerhouse.  Due to a high concentration of catechin compounds, green tea has strong anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties.  Green tea can be ingested or used topically to protect the skin from sunburns and UV-associated skin cancers.  Further, drinking one cup of green tea twice per day has been shown to reverse skin damage and improve redness or broken capillary veins.

Salmon

The health benefits of salmon are numerous as it is a lean protein packed with omega-3 fatty acids which shields cell walls from free-radical damage caused by ultraviolet rays.  Salmon will help to ensure that you have beautiful skin because salmon contains astaxanthin, a carotenoid, that improves skin elasticity and prevents wrinkles.  Additionally, eating at least 5 ounces of omega-3 rich fish such as salmon decreases the development of precancerous skin lesions.

Tuna

Tuna is another fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids that helps keep skin youthful and prevents skin cancer.  Omega-3s also preserve collagen which keeps skin firm.

Yogurt

Yogurt is another superfood because it is a natural probiotic that will replenish the "good" bacteria in your body and keep yeast at bay.  The benefits of the probiotics in yogurt also include preventing acne, eczema, dandruff, and sebborhic dermatitis; therefore, ensuring beautiful skin.  Be sure to pick low-fat and low-sugar yogurt because sugar can aggravate inflammation and also feed yeast in your body and cause an overgrowth of candida.  If you don't like yogurt, you can always take a probiotic supplement for beautiful skin.

Broccoli

Broccoli is a superfood that is rich in Vitamin C, which helps to prevent wrinkles and age-related dryness.  Vitamin C is beneficial to healthy skin because it absorbs free radicals and synthesizes collagen which keeps skin firm.

Red  Meat

While red meat is generally considered bad for you health because it is high in saturated fat and cholesterol, lean, red meat is good for you because it is high in protein and zinc.  Studies have shown that red meat may be better at treating acne than antibiotics.  Further, in order to produce collagen, which is essential for youthful skin, the body needs glycine and proline, amino acids found in the highest concentration in red meat.  Zinc, which is also found in red meat, is also essential for the production of collagen.  Zinc is also a natural antiinflammatory which will calm skin that is inflammed due to breakouts or infection.  Vegetarians can incorporate glycine into their diet by eating seafood, proline can be found in cottage cheese and cabbage, and zinc can be found in lentils, kidney beans, and raw oysters.

Walnuts

Nuts have many health benefits and walnuts are high in omega-3 fatty acids which have many health properties.  Omega-3 fatty acids can help your skin to be beautiful by preventing redness, swelling, blotchiness, acne, and wrinkles.  Plant-based omega-3 fatty acids are natural anti-inflammatories reduce skin inflammation and also seal moisture into the skin and protect it from toxins.  Plant-based omega-3s can also be found in almonds, olive oil, and flaxseed.

Avocado

The health benefits of avocados comes from the fact that they contain healthy fats, omega-3 fatty acids, which are beneficial for the skin.  Avocados are also a good source of biotin which helps prevent dry skin as well as brittle hair and nails.

Spinach

Spinach has many health benefits, one of which is that it is rich in lutein, a carotenoid that protects the skin from ultraviolet damage.

Strawberries

Strawberries are rich in Vitamin C which prevents wrinkles and age-related dryness.  Vitamin C also absorbs free radicals produced by ultraviolet rays and it synthesizes collagen.

Tofu

Tofu is rich in isoflavones which preserve skin-firming collagen.  Research has shown that increased intake of isoflavones leads to smoother skin and decreases wrinkles even in the face of exposure to harmful ultraviolet rays.

Papaya

Papaya is rich in Vitamin C which protects skin cells against sun damage.  Ultraviolet rays break down the chemical bonds of skin cells, kills them, and damages their DNA.  This leads to the possibility of developing a cancerous growth.  Vitamin C promotes the repair of DNA that has been harmed by ultraviolet rays, thus protecting against skin cancer and ugly skin lesions.

Carrots

Carrots contain beta carotene and lycopene, carotenoids that shield the skin against ultraviolet damage. 

Pink Grapefruit

Grapefruit has many health benefits and pink grapefruit specifically is rich in lycopene, a carotenoid, that promotes smooth skin.

Corn

Corn contains lutein, a carotenoid, that shields the skin from ultraviolet damage.

Edamame

Edamame is rich in isoflavones which act like antioxidants and absorb harmful free radicals caused by sun exposure.  Isoflavones also preserve skin-firming collagen.

Soymilk

Soymilk is rich in isoflavones which preserves collagen.

Sardines

Sardines are a superfood that are packed with omega-3 fatty acids and Vitamin D.  Omega-3s protect against free radical damage while Vitamin D plays a role in skin cell metabolism and growth. Vitamin D has been shown to be effective in treating flaking, itching, and redness related to psoriasis.

Eggs

Eggs have many components that are effective in creating beautiful skin.  Egg yolks contain lutein, a carotenoid, which protects the skin from UV damage.  There is also a protein in eggs that helps to repair cells that have been damaged from free radicals.  Eggs are also a good source of biotin which protects against dry skin.

Pumpkin

Pumpkin contains beta carotene which protects your skin from ultraviolet damage.  Beta carotene also converts in the body into Vitamin A which assists in healthy eyes, bones, and immune system.

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Comments

Jun 5, 2012 2:14pm
askformore
Your article has many great tips! It is so true: You become what you eat.
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