September 24, 2010

Best foods for your skin!

Besides drinking lots of water and taking a daily vitamin, here are some foods that are good for your skin!

No. 1: Avocados: The creamy, green fruit is abundant in essential oils and B-complex vitamins that nourish your skin inside and out. Avocados also contain a lot of Niacin (vitamin B3), which is important for healthy skin since it acts as an anti-inflammatory and soothes irritated or red/blotchy skin.

No. 2: Mangoes: Mangoes contain more than 80 percent of your daily vitamin A requirements, which is essential for maintaining and repairing skin cells. A deficiency in vitamin A will result in a dry, flaky complexion. Mangoes also contain antioxidants, which fight free-radical damage that can prematurely age skin.

No. 3: Almonds: Almonds contain 150 percent of your daily vitamin E needs and are rich in oils that moisturize your skin. They also contain antioxidants.

No. 4: Cottage Cheese: The selenium in cottage cheese teams up with vitamin E as a powerful free-radical-fighting antioxidant team. Selenium also protects against skin cancer and dandruff.

No. 5: Acerola Cherries: Different from average cherries, Acerolas supply 100 percent of your daily vitamin C intake. As an antioxidant, vitamin C fights skin damage and wrinkles and plays a central role in the production of collagen, the structural protein in your skin.

No. 6: Oysters: Oysters fight pimples because they’re rich in zinc. The mineral affects sebum production, which is a deficiency that contributes to acne.

No. 7: Baked Potatoes: Trade French Fries for a steaming baked potato. One baked potato (with the skin) provides 75 percent of your daily copper needs. Copper when combined with vitamin C and zinc produce elastin fibers that support skin structure. Copper deficiency in your diet can reduce skin’s ability to heal and cause it to become rigid and lifeless.

No. 8: Mushrooms: Essential to your skin, riboflavin is found in mushrooms and is involved in tissue maintenance, repair and improves skin blemishes caused by rosacea. The body uses large amounts after sustaining a burn or wound, or when undergoing surgery.

No. 9: Flaxseed Oil: Flaxseed oil is one of the best sources of essential fatty acid. One teaspoon of flaxseed oil provides 2.5 grams of omega 3s, which hydrate the skin. Essential fatty acids also dilute sebum and unclog pores.

No. 10: Salmon: Salmon, along with tilapia, trout, herring and sardines, are rich in a substance called omega-3 fatty acids. Did you know that humans are not able to produce omega-3s? That's why it's so important that we obtain them from the foods we eat on a daily basis. When you eat plenty of salmon and stick to a healthy overall diet and lifestyle, you will begin to see dramatic changes in your skin's appearance and texture. Your skin will become smoother, plumper and more moisture-rich. Blemishes will fade and you'll regain the glow you may have had when you were a teenager. Your eyes will likely become brighter, your hair shinier and stronger, and even your mood cheerier!


3 comments:

Gaby said...

I always have a bottle of water with me, and I love cottage cheese (=

FunnyFaceBeauty said...

Hmmm this is very interesting. Great post.
It also seemed like half of them could be used on your face in masks, etc.

☮My☮Socks☮Never☮Match☮ said...

OMG SO HELPFUL! lol! I live on campus and I'm always wondering which foods are best 4 ur skin. This really helped me tons! ^.^