By Brian Davis | healthy

Jan 23

Environmental factors, lifestyle habits, and diet greatly affect our skin condition. There are plenty of cosmetics and skin care products that may provide protection and care for our skin, but the key to having a natural and healthy glow may be found in your kitchen.

What to eat to achieve natural glow

  1. Tomatoes

Tomatoes are a rich source of lycopene, an antioxidant which has amazing anti-ageing properties. Lycopene in tomatoes may also lower an acne-promoting hormone, and may also defend our skin from UV rays.

Tomatoes are also packed with Vitamin C which is vital for collagen production.

Tip: Aside from eating tomatoes, you can also apply the pulp or juice directly on your skin to activate the lycopene benefits; and may also help tighten pores and prevent pimples.

  1. Avocados

Avocados contain poly- and monounsaturated fatty acids which hydrate and guard your skin from sun damage.

Eating avocados will give your body a lot of skin protecting antioxidants such as Vitamin C, Vitamin E, lutein, and beta-carotene which help protect against the damage of free radicals.

Tip:  The avocado pit is rich in minerals such as calcium, magnesium and potassium, and instead of throwing away, you can dry and grind them up and it can be used as face mask and exfoliant.

  1. Green tea

Green tea fights acne by lowering levels of acne-producing hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT)

This drink contains cathecins, an antioxidant which prevents premature aging.

Tip: The recommended dose is three to five cups daily to gain the full benefits for your skin. It also contains caffeine; overconsumption leads to dehydration which may have the opposite effects on skin health.

  1. Berries

Anthocyanin, the pigment present in berries, is a powerful antioxidant which helps your body fight off blemishes and also helps boost the strength of collagen fibers.

Berries such as blueberries are also a great source of prebiotics which help alleviate inflammation-induced skin conditions.

Tip: Berries can be used as an anti-aging mask. Just mash a handful of berries with a spoonful of honey and apply the mask onto skin for 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing.

  1. Dark leafy greens

Dark leafy greens like Kale and Spinach are loaded with vitamin C, vitamin A and vitamin K which help repair skin tissues, prevent free radical damage and enhance the skin’s glow.

These vegetables have high water content which helps keep skin cells hydrated and look radiant.

Tip:  You can drink spinach juice with other vegetable juices daily for effective skin healing.

You can make a face mask by blending spinach with little water and applying it on your face for 20 minutes for clearing up acne.

  1. Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate is packed with powerful antioxidants known as flavonols which can protect skin against sun-induced damage, improve skin’s blood flow, and increase skin density and hydration. Regular consumption helps you achieve smooth, fair, and problem-free complexion.

Tip:  When buying chocolates, look for cocoa content of seventy percent. The beneficial flavonoids give dark chocolate a slightly bitter taste and high quality chocolate must be smooth and not grainy. If the chocolate bar tastes too sweet, it’s possible the flavonoid content is diminished.

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