How To Eat Your Way to Beautiful Skin
Simple changes to your daily diet that can enhance your beauty routineContent sponsored by FANCL
You are what you eat, as the popular saying goes, and while we spend a lot of time researching and reviewing what skincare products to use and keep in our bathroom cabinet, it pays to spend as much time figuring what to include in our fridge as well.
Being more aware of the right foods to include in your diet can mean that what you eat can enhance your beauty routine. However, aside from paying more attention to what fruits and vegetables to include in your diet, it is wise to cut down on the amount of artificial preservatives that you consume daily as well. A cleaner diet, with as much natural, fresh food as possible, will help you feel better and translate to a healthier, glowing complexion.
Omega-3 fatty acids, found in certain types of fish such as salmon and makerel, can help keep your skin moisturised and lessen the effects of inflammation, according to the medical website healthline.com. By including more salmon, makerel and other varieties of fatty fish in your diet, you are also getting a dose of vitamin E, an essential antioxidant for healthy skin; and zinc, which encourages growth of new skin cells. Walnuts are another good source of essential fatty acids, making them a healthy option as a snack or salad topping.
In addition to being the go-to vitamin to strengthen your immune system and ward of colds, vitamin C also encourages collagen production, making it an essential antioxidant to prevent tell-tale signs of ageing. A good intake of vitamin C can also increase the effectiveness of your sunscreen as it helps reduce cell damage. Vitamin C supplements, in various different forms, are readily available but if you prefer to get more of your daily requirement through fresh fruits and vegetables—go for citrus fruits, strawberries, capsicums, broccoli and spinach. Lemon water is a good way of sneaking in some vitamin C into your daily diet while staying hydrated—another great habit for healthy skin.
Like vitamin C, vitamin E is an antioxidant and one that is essential for healthy skin as it helps to protect it from the damaging effects of UV rays. Sunflower seeds, almonds and peanuts are good sources of vitamin E but it can also be found, in smaller amounts, in vegetables such as avocados, spinach and butternut squash.
Substitute one of your daily coffees with green tea to get some catechins in your diet—a mighty antioxidant that can protect your skin from the sun. A comforting mug of green tea may help keep your skin plump and hydrated as well, as catchins are also found to improve the skin’s moisture and elasticity levels.
See also: 5 Foods To Eat For Healthy Hair And Nails
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The feature is written based on research from the medical websites Healthline and Medical News Today.