As we are introduced to a never-ending lineup of new beauty products made to promote beautiful skin, it is easy to forget what an important factor eating healthy, unprocessed food is for healthy glowing skin. What you put in your body is just as important as what you put on your body and some foods are far more beneficial than others. We have rounded up a list of our top ten foods that are good for your skin for extraordinary, radiant look.
- Dark Chocolate - Get excited, with its high level of antioxidants, dark chocolate is a skin-friendly food. Cocoa contains flavonoids that are not only high in antioxidants but are anti-inflammatory and also protect the skin from UV light by absorbing UV radiation. So nibble away but at a healthy portion.
- Pomegranate - This powerful fruit contains polyphenol antioxidants which help with free radicals and regulate the flow of blood to the skin, giving a blushy glow. Pomegranates are also high in Vitamin C, helping with collagen formation. It can also be applied topically to help with wrinkles and dry skin.
- Wild Alaskan Salmon - With high levels of Omega-3 fatty acids in salmon, it is truly magic for the skin. These good fats fight inflammation, reduce signs of aging, and provide hydration to the skin. And remember that most of the nutrients come from salmon skin! Research has shown that farmed salmon have been found to contain more contaminants and wild-caught Alaskan salmon is said to be the recommended choice due to Alaska's water quality regulations.
- Kiwi - Kiwi is often overlooked as a great skin food but the high level of vitamin C helps maintain the collagen in our skin, which keeps it firm. In combination with vitamin E and other nutrients, it helps rejuvenate skin and is anti-aging.
- Olive Oil - The monounsaturated fatty acids in olive oil have been found to play a role in maintaining youthful skin. It is also is high in antioxidants. In addition to adding it to your diet, it is simple to use topically. Moisturize onto skin and add olive oil to hair to keep it healthy.
- Sunflower seeds - The tiny little seeds contain a high amount of vitamin E — a powerful antioxidant that assists with anti-aging. They also contain essential fatty acids that help boost collagen and keep skin smooth. Copper in the seeds aid in the production of melanin.
- Green Tea - Green Tea contains a high level of antioxidants which boost blood flow to the skin and helps with anti-aging. To make double use of your tea bag, after steeping, cool the bags in the fridge and then put the bags under your eyes to help with puffiness.
- Kale - This dense, powerful leafy green contains high levels of vitamin A (from beta-carotene), C, and K to help with collagen production and healthy cell growth. It is packed with antioxidants and also copper.
- Oysters - Oysters contain a high level of zinc and vitamin B12 which help with collagen production, fighting signs of aging and repairing skin. Oysters also contain selenium that helps with inflammation and fighting free radicals.
- Pumpkin - Like kale, it's one of the best sources of beta carotene, which the body converts to vitamin A which helps with collagen formation. It also contains enzymes that brighten skin. It's also a good source of vitamin C and B vitamins that help with cell production.
These are just a few of the top foods that have been known to benefit the skin but more importantly, help improve overall health. Do you have any favorite skin-friendly foods that we left off of the list? Tell us in the comments below.