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Superfoods For Skin

Updated on May 26, 2017

Gorgeous skin starts with your diet. For skin health, what you consume is as important as the things that you apply on your skin, or maybe even more. Beauty is definitely more than just skin deep. Here are superfoods that promote skin health.

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Chia Seeds

Chia seeds can do wonders to your beauty regimen. They are rich in skin-healthy nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, magnesium, B vitamins and vitamin E. Antioxidants in these amazing seeds delay the ageing process and promote healthy skin. This humble skin-healthy superfood prevents and repairs skin damage.

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Ginger

Ginger evens skin tone and enhances elasticity; it is a natural skin toner. Antioxidants in ginger protect your skin from damage caused by free radicals. They reduce hypo-pigmented scars.

Ginger removes toxins and promotes blood circulation. This superfood has a soothing effect on your skin. Ginger is well known for its anti-inflammatory properties

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Cinnamon

Cinnamon-honey mixture has been used to treat ringworm, pimples, eczema and other skin infections for centuries. This amazing spice stimulates blood circulation, thereby ensuring supply of oxygen and nutrients to the skin. It improves fine lines by plumping the skin. Cinnamon is an effective natural remedy for acne. It is also an antiseptic. This skin-friendly superfood prevents infections (bacterial and fungal) and repairs tissue damage.

Tomato

Lycopene in tomato is an antioxidant. It is an natural sunscreen. Fresh tomato paste is used to treat sunburn. Tomato heals rashes. Many experts call tomato an anti-ageing food because it prevents damage to the cells. This superfood retains moisture in the skin. Acidity in tomato heals acne. Tomato contains vitamins A, C and K, which are necessary for skin health. It keeps your skin cool and glowing.

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Avocado

Also known as nature's butter, avocados enhance your complexion. They are rich in vitamins, antioxidants and healthy fatty acids, which together work to keep your skin healthy and glowing.

Carotenoids in this nutrient dense and creamy superfood, like alpha-carotene, beta carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin, zeaxanthin and lutein, protect the skin from nonstop biochemical onslaught by free radicals, thereby delaying the ageing process. They enhance your skin's density, tone and thickness.

Vitamin C in this superfood is necessary for formation of elastin and collagen, which bind skin cells together and maintain their firmness and structure. Vitamin E decreases the harmful effects of UVA and UVB radiation on the skin due to exposure to sunlight. Oleic acid keeps your skin moisturized. It regenerates damaged skin cells. This omega-9 fatty acid heals facial redness and irritation.

Quinoa

Quinoa heals damaged skin tissues. Lysine in quinoa is necessary for the synthesis of collagen and elastin. Vitamin B2 in quinoa retains elasticity of your skin and enhances its appearance and smoothness. It makes your skin strong and resilient. It evens out your skin tone. This vitamin builds connective tissues and prevents fine lines and wrinkles.

Natural proteins in quinoa keep your skin young. This superfood reduces brown spots and rejuvenates the skin from within. It decreases sebum production and heals acne.

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Sweet Potato

Vitamin A in sweet potato is used to treat acne because it decreases production of oil in the skin. Vitamin C in this superfood keeps your skin healthy. Antioxidants in sweet potato keep your skin young and radiant. This superfood prevents allergic reactions and improves skin health.

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Spinach

Spinach contains vitamin C, lack of which causes dry and scaly skin. This vitamin repairs skin cells. It is needed to produce collagen, a protein needed to make new skin cells. One cup of this superfood contains 18 mg of vitamin C, or 20 and 24 percent of the RDA for men and women respectively. Vitamin K helps clear dark circles.

Iron, folate, chlorophyll, Vitamin E, magnesium, Vitamin A, fiber, plant protein, water and Vitamin C in this versatile green leafy vegetable work together to keep your skin healthy, hydrated and radiant.

A research study conducted in Australia suggests that dark leafy greens like spinach increase the skin’s natural defense against damage caused by ultraviolet rays. Three servings per week helped those with a previous history of skin cancer reduce their risk of recurrence by 55 percent.

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Macqui Berries

Macqui berries (Aristotelia chilensis) are rich in vitamin C. These purple superberries are all over the southern part of Chile. Their anti inflammatory and antioxidant properties keep your skin healthy.

Summary

  • Beautiful skin starts with your diet.
  • Chia seeds repair skin damage.
  • Ginger removes toxins from the skin.
  • Cinnamon improves fine lines by plumping the skin.
  • Avocado enhances your complexion.

Foods That Damage Skin

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Sugar
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Fried foods
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Artificial sweeteners
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Candy
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Milk

You can put in a curl or put on a lip color or mascara, but the important thing is that the health of your skin and hair is shining through.

— Erin Heatherton

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