There are countless options for skincare products. So many choices make it easy to get lost in the entire skincare section of a department store looking through options. A large part of radiant, healthy skin doesn't lie within those aisles, though. A crucial part of glowing skin is what you put in your grocery cart and eventually, in your body.
Providing yourself with healthy foods helps to give the nutrients you need to power oxygen to the skin and help healthy cell turnover for soft, supple, and youthful skin.
It's never too late to start taking extra mindful care of your skin. Here's a quick list of the things you should aim to eat daily to ensure beautiful skin from inside out!
Eat colorful fruits and vegetables every day
Pick up more fresh produce with an array of colors. These items have potent antioxidants that keep free radicals from causing cellular damage. It would be best if you strived to have five portions of produce daily, aiming to be as colorful as you possibly can.
Make Vitamin C a priority
Not only is vitamin C extra crucial for immunity, but it's also great for the skin. You can use the topical version on the outside, but inside, get as much as you can so you produce more collagen for bouncy, youthful skin. Think blueberries, oranges, broccoli, and sweet potatoes.
Savor selenium-rich foods
Another antioxidant that does skin right is selenium. It assists vitamins C and E to help support your immunity and keep skin from suffering sun damage. You can get selenium by eating eggs, fresh fish, broccoli, tomatoes, or Brazil nuts.
Don't forget vitamin E-rich foods
It's helpful to think of vitamin E as vitamin C's best friend. These two work better together to repair oxidative stress in the body, especially for the skin. Choose avocados, almonds, and hazelnuts to get more vitamin E.
Give your body healthy fats
Healthy fats like monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats give you those essential fatty acids to moisturize skin from within for better elasticity. Again, avocados will come to your rescue, as will seeds and nuts.
Get more omegas
Both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are essential fats that your body needs and can't produce on its own. You can eat them in things like wild salmon, walnuts, brussels sprouts, or chia seeds.
Power up with phytoestrogens
From plants, these natural chemicals keep hormones in balance. There are different kinds -- like isoflavones found in tofu and others in fruit, vegetables -- and lignans found in whole grains.
Choose more zinc
Zinc also helps immune systems hum along, but for the skin, it trains your sebaceous glands to produce natural oils properly. Zinc can repair skin damage and help your skin stay soft and beautiful. You'll get it by eating lean meat, tofu, seeds, nuts, shellfish, lentils, and whole grains.
Along with eating well, don't skimp on your water intake. That helps your body digest all these healthy foods and gives your skin hydration to hold onto while you hold onto your youth!
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