We are what we eat. To an extent at least. With this in mind, here are some of the top foods to include in your diet to boost the appearance and health of your skin.
Oranges are high in vitamin C, which is essential for the production of collagen (that vital bodily protein which maintains our skin’s structure and strengthens the skin’s capillaries). If you prefer kiwis or papayas then that’s ok as these are also a good source, as are most other citrus fruits, broccoli, sweet potatoes, and strawberries.
Pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, sesame seeds – these are all great choices of seed as they’re all high in zinc (as well as fibre, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals). Zinc is vital for healthy skin as it repairs body tissues and is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. Sadly zinc doesn’t get stored in our bodies, so we need to eat enough of it every day. Other good zinc sources are dairy products, meat, and shellfish.
Also blackcurrants, blackberries, cranberries, and cherries (that’s one delicious smoothie right there). The reason these are so good for your skin is that they’re high in anthocyanins – an antioxidant which gives many foods their deep red, purple, or blue hue. Anthocyanin helps to protect against harmful UV radiation which degrades skin collagen and elastin and can thereby lead to wrinkles.
Or any probiotic drinks. Probiotics are live, healthy bacteria which are responsible for restoring the balance in our bodies by making sure that the bad bacteria in our gut are kept under control. When it comes to skin, probiotics seem to have the power to prevent wrinkles and increase the hydration level of the skin.
Salmon and other oily fishes such as mackerel and seabass. These contain omega-3 fats, which are essential fatty acids, cannot be made in the body but must instead be obtained through your diet. Omega-3 fats encourage the body to produce anti-inflammatory compounds and have been noted by some as helping to relieve skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.