Some skin care products contain harmful chemicals or are simply too harsh for your skin. What’s more, they can be quite costly! Taking care of the largest organ in your body goes skin deep; afterall, what’s the point of getting the best creams and moisturisers when you keep filling your body with unhealthy food?
Why not kill two birds by gaining a healthier diet while also promoting healthier skin? We’ve listed down a few delicious food items that are great for your body, inside and out!
If it isn’t the famous avocado. This mexican fruit is filled with monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (these are good fats!). The fat content can help in combating cholesterol levels. It also helps in keeping your skiing flexible and moisturised, leaving you with supple and springy skin.
On top of that, avocados are rich in vitamin E which acts as an antioxidant which helps your skin from oxidation stress and combats the effects of free radicals. Of course, we can’t help but mention that avocados are just simply delicious with their rich creamy texture. Yum!
Red/Yellow Capsicum (Bell Peppers)
These flavour enhancing delights never fail to make any dish better. Red/yellow capsicums are full of beta carotene (which gives it its colour) which your body then converts to vitamin A.
This vitamin can help reduce fine lines and wrinkles while also minimising the destruction of existing collagen and elastin.
For those prone to acne, vitamin A also promotes regular oil production!
Capsicums are also well known for their high vitamin C content which is necessary in creating collagen and keeping the skin firm and strong.
These miniature sized trees are a treat and another reason to always eat your greens. Broccoli also contains vitamins A and C, the benefits of which we already mentioned above. It also contains a carotenoid that works similar to beta carotene: lutein.
More pertinent is the fact that broccoli are packed with sulforaphane. This compound has very impressive health benefits and may even have anti-cancer effects (including skin cancer). Sulforaphane reduces UV damage on the skin which is great since the Singapore sun can be quite unrelenting!
Also, sulforaphane has been shown to promote hair growth; another reason to munch on these florets.
Got any grapes? Red grapes differ from green grapes in that their skin contains resveratrol. Like many vitamins and antioxidants in this list, resveratrol is a compound that helps neutralize free radicals.
Resveratrol can often be found in skincare products and the benefits are still the same when eaten. This compound has been shown to calm the skin from inflammation and redness while also reducing pigmentation from UV light.
Since it comes from red grapes, it can also be found in red wine. That being said, it is an alcoholic beverage so do consume responsibly (there will always be negative side effects of consuming anything in excess).
Now before you wolf down the nearest bar of chocolate, the health benefits of cocoa are maximised only if it is dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa content and minimal added sugar.
Cocoa is a very potent antioxidant and can do wonders for your skin. A study has shown that eating 20 grams of dark chocolate a day could drastically improve your skin's resilience towards UV radiation before burning.
You could also experience thicker and more hydrated skin after regularly consuming good quality cocoa after 2 months. A well hydrated skin means skin that isn’t rough and scaly.
Everyone wants to look healthy and feel good. However, we can’t just glow up after eating a bunch of grapes. It’s always important to have and maintain a healthy diet. Try to avoid any crash diets and remember to always have at least 5 portions of fruits and vegetables a day.
Always seek professional medical and dietary help if you have any concerns.
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