We have so many skin care products in the market formulated to treat various skin problems. But did you know that there are also certain foods that can address various skin issues? Let’s take a look at some of them.
Foods for the Skin
- Salmon to Zap Zits
When it comes to zits, salmon is great to control and banish them. One of the causes of zits and other forms of acne is an overactive sebacious glands meaning there is too much sebum produced. The acne-causing bacterium that naturally resides on the skin feeds on sebum so the more sebum means you’re skin would be a perfect breeding ground for this bacterium. How can salmon help in controlling acne? Salmon is loaded with an essential fatty acid we call as omega-3 and omega-3 can bring down over production of sebum to a normal level. Sardines and flax seeds are also loaded with omega 3.
- Walnuts for Moisturised Skin
We’re all used to moisturising the skin by slathering on lotions, creams or moisturisers. But did you know that there is a certain nut that can boost your skin’s moisture levels? Yes, you’re reading this right! Walnuts are packed with omega 3 fatty acids and these fatty acids have potent moisturising prowess. ALA or alpha-linolenic acid is a form of omega 3 fatty acid which is commonly found in vegetable oils and some leafy greens. ALA helps lubricate the skin. In fact some studies suggest that ALA-deficiency may lead to eczema, a skin condition characterised by dry and scaly skin. During eczema flare-ups the skin can become very itchy.
- Eggs to Fight Fine Lines
If you love eggs for breakfast, you’re going to love them even more! Eggs actually hold an amazing anti-aging power because of its lutein and zeaxanthin. Lutein and zeaxanthin make the cells stronger and help smoothen those lines and creases on your skin. Lutein is also great for building elastin. If you’re wondering what elastin is, it is a connective tissue responsible for giving the skin its shape. Without elastin, the skin would become loose and saggy.
- Red Peppers for a Youthful Skin
Red peppers are packed with Vitamin C and because of this they have the ability to trigger collagen formation therefore they are a great weapon against skin aging. A research made public in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition revealed that eating a diet high in Vitamin C resulted to reduced appearance of wrinkles. So better include red peppers and other fruits and vegetables packed with Vitamin C in your daily diet. It’s also worth noting that in the study it was revealed that taking supplements is not as effective as eating red peppers.
- Extra Protection Against the Sun
To boost your sun protection, consume carrots, spinach, tomatoes and other fruits and vegetables packed with Carotenoids which would protect the skin from the damaging effects of UV rays. Of course eating these vegetables and fruits should not mean that you should stop wearing sunscreen!
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