Glowing, youthful-looking skin is everyone’s dream, be it a student, homemaker, or a working professional. This is because a beautiful glow contributes to a flawless and absolutely gorgeous skin. The skin is the largest and most important organ in our body, and it has a tough job filtering toxins such as smog, UV rays and secondhand smoke, when you are exposed to these things outdoors. It also keeps you healthy by protecting your blood and organs from germs and even safeguards your bones and muscles from damage when you happen to bump into things or sit out in the sun too long. So, it’s very important to take good care of your skin.
Certain foods can make your skin glow and shine. Eat these foods as an alternative to buying creams, serums and lotions and experience the difference. Here are some of those foods:
- Avocado: This fruit is filled with antioxidants like lutein and beta carotene, which help in softening the skin and keeping it supple. You can either consume the fruit as salads, juices and as a dip, or apply it topically. Avocado hydrates your skin if applied topically. To prepare a face pack, mash avocado together with 1 teaspoon of honey and apply it to your face to feel an instant difference.
- Citrus Fruits: These fruits contain Vitamin C, which is one of the main skin care ingredients that aid the body’s production of collagen. Vitamin C is also a super antioxidant and it not just rebuilds your immune system, but also ensures that your skin blemishes heal. So, try to eat citrus fruits such as oranges, grapefruits, and berries and Vitamin C foods like papaya, strawberries, blackcurrant, broccoli, guava, sweet potatoes and blueberries to tighten the skin and prevent wrinkles.
- Carrots: The beta-carotene found in carrots normalizes skin function to correct any skin conditions, as it helps prevent the degeneration of cells and slows down aging. Try to include carrots in your daily diet.
- Bell Pepper: It contains lots of Vitamin C that fights free radicals and helps to keep the skin more glowing and youthful.
- Tomato: It’s a good source of Lycopene, an antioxidant which has amazing anti-ageing properties that can protect your skin from sun damage and help it stay smooth and young-looking as you age. Tomatoes are also packed with natural vitamins and minerals including Vitamin A, K, B1, B3, B5, B6, B7, and vitamin C. You can apply the pulp or juice of tomato on the face to have glowing skin; regular intake of this vegetable is also good for your skin.
- Soybeans: The soy isoflavone known as aglycone in soybeans helps prevent the formation of fine lines or wrinkles, and tightens the skin.
- Green Tea: As a skin health essential, green tea is filled with antioxidants that protect the skin against free radicals. Topical application or drinking green tea can provide these protective qualities for your skin. Place cold green tea bags on your eyes to treat dark circles under the eyes and puffy eyes.