Food for Younger Glowing Skin
Also known as pepitas, these are an almost undiscovered beauty hero food. Packed with vitamin E, zinc and magnesium, these tiny seeds keep your skin glowing. They promote a strong regeneration of skin cells and are filled with protein, making them a perfect mid-morning snack. They are a perfect addition to trail mix, or just as a snack in between meals and meetings.
They are not only good for your eyes but also essential for your skin. Carrots contain plenty of beta-carotene and vitamin A which play significant roles in the growth and development of the skin.Beta-carotene holds antioxidant properties which prevent overproduction of skin cells in the outer layer. This results to fewer flakes of dead skin cell that clog the skin pore when combined with sebum. Vitamin A, on the other hand, helps reduce the development of skin-cancer cells.
The benefits of turmeric and curcumin on your skin are incredible. Originating from India, this plant is not just an ordinary spice; it is rich in curcumin which is an active antioxidant and also holds anti-inflammatory properties. This can also have benefits if applied topically, make a facial mask out of it will result to a healthy, smooth, and glowing skin.
This delicious fish is filled with omega-3 fatty acids which are essential for skin health. Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to help reduce inflammation and the signs of ageing in the body and on the skin. Salmon is one of my favourite types of fish to enjoy for a quick and easy dinner. Simply drench a piece of fresh salmon in lemon juice, wrap it in silver foil and pop it in the oven for 20-30 minutes.
Spinach is a good example of leafy greens that are a known to take care and promote the skin health. Packed with carotene compounds, high levels of folate and the essential B vitamin, spinach helps the growth and repair of skin cells, including DNA.These leafy greens also inhibit the growth of cancer cells. Not only spinach has these capability but also other green like kales, dandelion leaves, turnip greens, and broccoli. They are rich in iron, vitamin C, A and K.
These are my favourite snack for great skin. Filled with antioxidants, and essential vitamins and minerals, blueberries are essential in healing any radical damage our skin has suffered.
My sushi train staple entrée, soy beans or edemame contain the soy isoflavone known as aglycone. This is known to assist in fine lines and the firmness of the skin. Soy beans are also known to reduce the risk of ovarian cancer and diabetes.
One cup of these sweet fruits has 130% of the DV of vitamin C, which is an essential in skin health. Vitamin C actually boosts the production of collagen fibres in the skin that keep it smooth and firm (and clear).
This is another great fruit that contributes to the realization of a young and glowing skin. It is rich in unsaturated fatty acids which keep the skin hydrated and as well lowers the risks of premature aging.These fatty acids will also help the skin absorb vitamins from soluble fats which nourish the skin and shield it from the sun’s UV rays.
Bell peppers, whether red, yellow or green, are rich sources of vitamin C which have proven to increase the production of collagen. Vitamin C is also essential for the growth and formation of skin’s muscle tissues.Bell peppers also contain capsaicin compound which promotes blood circulation and improves skin detoxification. Bell peppers hold more vitamin C than oranges.
Filled with antioxidants, cacao increases blood circulation around the body for up to 2 hours – this means an instant glow ladies! When blood circulates at an optimum level, all skin cells are being nourished and remaining vital. I enjoy my cacao as an ingredient in a raw treat, or in a cup with boiling water. Cacao makes for a lovely afternoon pick-me-up.