From my experience doing makeup, I realize its always better working with a smooth skin. Foundation doesn’t need to be piled on, you get to use the barest concealer and overall rock a flawless look. A recent addition of certain foods to my diet has my skin healthier! Even tho personally I still have scarring from a long battle with acne and a bad habit of popping zits, I noticed that my skin is smoother and has a glow about it! I decided to share some of the 10 top foods that will work on your skin from within the body.
1. CARROTS: Think of them as orange wonder wands—good for eyeballs (I am shortsighted so its a plus) carrots are also good for clearing up breakouts because its a good source of Vitamin A. Vitamin A also reduces the development of skin-cancer cells. You can nibble on it as a snack or do like me and blend into smoothies.
2. GREEN TEA: When it’s hot, the bionic brew releases catechins, a type of antioxidant with proven anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. (The tea’s antioxidants start to degrade as it cools, so drink it while it’s hot.) A 2007 study in The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry found that drinking two to six cups a day not only helps prevent skin cancer but may reverse the effects of sun damage by neutralizing the changes that appear in sun-exposed skin.
3. SWEET POTATOES: They not only pack a big yum; they’re lalso loaded with vitamin C, which smooths out wrinkles. “Vitamin C is essential to collagen production,” Dover says, “and the more collagen you have, the less creased your skin looks.”
4. TOMATOES: Sure, they’re swell on salads, but cook them down and these plump little beauties can help save your skin. Why? Lycopene, the phytochemical that makes tomatoes red, helps eliminate skin-aging free radicals caused by ultraviolet rays, according to Murad. Your body gains the most sun-shielding nutrients when the vegetable is heated. So some nice stew without the groundnut oil would work.
5. SEAFOOD: The primary components that make fish good for your complexion is zinc and omega-3. Zinc helps fight acne and omega-3 helps prevent dryness and inflammation.
6. CITRUS FRUITS: Vitamin C plays a prime role in the production of beauty creams. Why not tap right into the source? It helps in the production of collagen which is the basic structure of your skin. Fast breakdown of collagen can lead to saggy skin so suck on an orange or two to help tighten your skin and prevent wrinkles.
7. GREENS: Don’t skip on your greens and don’t have them over cooked either! Leafy greens like spinach and ugu (pumpkin leaf) are packed full with Vitamin A which produces new cells and get rids of the old ones. It also reduces dryness and keeps your face looking beightand younger. I get my daily dose of greens when i blend them in my smoothies.
8. NUTS: Nuts like almonds and walnuts are a rich source of vitamin E. High in antioxidants and helps your skin hold moisture, relieving dryness and keeping you looking younger.
9. WHOLE GRAINS: Switching my white bread or white flour for wheat doesn’t only help me control my weight but its rich in antioxidant “rutin” which helps combat inflammation-related skin damage.
10. BEETROOT: Beets are a potent cleanser that can clear your blood of impurities. Skin reflects the health of your blood, so the cleaner your blood, the more beautiful the skin. I boil them up and make them into a salad or blend them up in my smoothie.
In addition to this, have a good skin care routine, workout and get rid of stress! Your skin will thank you for this!
TIP: Put some toothpaste (preferably Red CLOSE UP for me) on a new zit (pimple) over night to dry it up and reduce redness. For me it clears out in two-three days. With no pinching theres no more scarring.
Wriiten by Zoey Blac of Blackrose.com.ng