Super foods for your skin

Posted by Adaora Anozie

On February 23, 2015

Want gorgeous skin from the inside out? Well, read about the unsung nutrition heroes below to learn how to get your skin naturally glowing and fresh!

Chocolate: Who thought that chocolate could be considered part of a nutritious diet? Well, you are in luck, because dark chocolate contains lots of flavanoids. These are a super active type of antioxidant, which means that they help prevent free radical damage from the environment and pollutants.

Not only will flavanoids help you slow down skin ageing, they may also be effective at counteracting some of the negative oxidative effects of the sun’s UV rays. However, remember that chocolate should be pure for the best results, so dark chocolate is the best kind to eat. One square is more than enough to get some antioxidant action without packing on the pounds!

Walnuts: This super food has vital omega-3 fatty acids, which are extremely important lipids that are necessary to maintain the skin barrier, hydrate it and make it more supple and pliant. And, as an added plus, omega-3 fatty acids are fantastic for your cardiovascular health and have recently been shown to reduce your risk of cancer!

Kiwi: The unsung heroes of vitamins, kiwis pack a powerful punch of Vitamin C that is more than any other fruit! Vitamin C is needed for the production of collagen – a protein that keeps the skin tight and firm. It is also a potent antioxidant, helping to counteract all the damage your skin suffers from exposure to pollution, the sun and the environment.

Sweet potatoes: This miracle vegetable not only tastes good, it is also a good source of Vitamin A, which helps resurface your skin by making old skin cells self-exfoliate. It also enhances the skin’s colour and appearance, giving you a healthy glow.

Oats: This surprising food works in two ways. First of all, it is low-glycaemic, meaning that it does not spike your blood sugar very high. High glycaemic foods can worsen your risk of wrinkling and of getting acne! Second, it has a natural plant chemical that prevents damage to your skin while also soothing irritations. So, don’t forget your oatmeal for calm skin!

Avocados: Avocados are full of healthy fats known as monounsaturated fats. These lipids help keep your skin hydrated so that you maintain your healthy glow! Avocados can also help you absorb needed vitamins and nutrients.

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