This week, Prive Plastics showcases 5 foods for healthy, radiant skin that you can integrate into your diet.
What Should I Eat For Healthy, Radiant Skin?
- Foods With Vitamin C
- Dark Chocolate
How Does My Diet Affect My Appearance?
Eating well is essential for overall health and wellbeing, as it can have a profound effect on our largest organ – our skin. An unhealthy diet can lead to weight gain, affect our metabolism, and damage vital organs such as the heart and liver. As scientists continue to explore the relationship between diet and the body, it’s becoming increasingly clear that what we eat can have a major impact on the health and appearance of our skin as we age.
Fortunately, there is an easy way to keep our skin in the best condition as we grow older: Eat foods that can help promote a healthy, glowing complexion. Recent research suggests that certain nutrients found in food can reduce wrinkles, boost elasticity, and minimize sun damage. While there isn’t one specific food that guarantees glowing skin, there are certain foods that are packed with beneficial nutrients which may help maintain a healthy and radiant complexion.
Fats, also known as lipids, are an essential part of the skin and are responsible for keeping the skin’s barrier functioning correctly, maintaining membrane structure, and helping with repair and preventing aging. A great food to help keep your skin healthy that contains healthy fats is avocado. Avocados are filled with monounsaturated fats, as well as vitamins A and C, which are beneficial for keeping your skin strong and avoiding dryness.
Kale is one of the most nutrient-dense foods out there. It’s full of carotenoids, vitamin C, and glucoraphanin, a glucosinolate that reduces inflammation and oxidative stress. That’s why it’s such a great food for skin health. A study of middle-aged women found that taking a curly kale extract high in carotenoids significantly improved their collagen and elastin levels. In fact, the study showed that kale was more effective than olive oil in improving collagen and elastin levels after 10 months. So one cup of boiled kale has the same antioxidants as the extract used in the study, making it a real powerhouse.
Broccoli is an excellent source of numerous vitamins and minerals that are beneficial for skin health, such as zinc, vitamin A, and vitamin C. It also contains lutein, a carotenoid that acts similarly to beta carotene, which helps protect your skin from oxidative damage that can lead to dryness and wrinkles. Moreover, broccoli florets contain sulforaphane, a compound with potential benefits that may even include anti-cancer effects on various types of skin cancer. Additionally, sulforaphane is an effective guard against sun damage, as it neutralizes free radicals and activates other protective systems in the body. Evidence suggests that it may even help preserve collagen levels in the skin.
Foods With Vitamin C
Citrus fruits like oranges, tangerines, and grapefruits are high in vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that helps to calm inflammation and brighten dark spots on the skin. These dark spots are caused by too much pigment production due to UV light exposure. Eating citrus is the best way to get your daily dose of vitamin C, but if you’re not a fan, broccoli, cauliflower and berries are also high in vitamin C and make for a tasty snack. Peppers are also a great source of vitamin C and can help smooth out your skin and lighten the appearance of dark spots.
The effects of cocoa on your skin are remarkable. Studies have found that people who consumed cocoa powder with high levels of antioxidants daily for 6-12 weeks experienced an increase in skin thickness, hydration, and improved blood flow. Furthermore, another study revealed that consuming 20 grams of high-antioxidant dark chocolate each day could allow your skin to withstand twice as much UV radiation before burning than if you were to eat low-antioxidant chocolate. To maximize the benefits of cocoa, opt for dark chocolate with a cocoa content of at least 70% and as little sugar as possible.
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