06 Feb, 2016
Inside Out – Foods That Can Work Wonders for Skin Health
By Soap Blogger
So it’s really no secret in this day and age that certain foods are better for you than others. From diabetes to heart disease to cancer and so on, most of us are very much aware of the kinds of foods we should and should not be eating to avoid quite hideous conditions.
But what about foods that do your skin a favour? Assuming your priority is that of improving your complexion and radiance, which kinds of foods should you be filling up on?
The truth is that the answer is very much yes – what you eat can and will make a huge difference to your skin. In fact, most dermatologists argue that what you eat (or don’t eat for that matter) will have even more impact on your skin than all the creams and serums money can buy.
So if you prefer the idea of looking after your skin from the inside out, here’s a quick rundown of just a few foods and ingredients that can work wonders for the skin:
No surprises here, given that olive oil is generally considered to be one of the single healthiest ingredients on the face of the earth. A study carried out in 2012 found that an elevated intake of high quality olive oil leads to a reduction in the signs of aging by up to 31% over time.
Research has also shown that those who regularly consume relatively high quantities of tomatoes are considerably less likely to suffer sunburn than those who eat no tomatoes at all – a full 33%, in fact. Not that anyone in their right mind would advise using tomatoes to replace sunscreen, but still – why not double up and enjoy the best of both?
Moving onto the seriously good stuff now, a recent study found that when a group of women ate a measured amount (3.5oz) of dark chocolate every day for three months, their skin appeared to be considerably less scaly and rough at the end of the study than those who ate no chocolate at all. On the downside, their calorie intake was also increased considerably, quite above and beyond recommended daily chocolate intake!
One fantastic reason to start liking sardines if you don’t already is the way in which they are absolutely loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, which are quite simply fabulous for your skin. Of course the same can also be said for salmon and other oily fish – it’s just that these guys are much cheaper and readily available by the can!
Loaded with all those glorious antioxidants your body needs, a study carried out in 2011 found that green tea drinkers over the course of 12 weeks benefited from skin that was smoother and more elastic, while at the same time experiencing 25% less sun damage than those who did not drink green tea.
Last but not least, it’s definitely the vegetable of the moment in hipster circles, but kale also happens to be a hugely generous source of lutein and zeaxanthin. The exact science behind it all isn’t important, suffice to say that 1 cup of kale is enough for 133% of your daily vitamin A requirement, 134% of the vitamin C you need in a day and also does a fantastic job improving your skin’s natural defences from UV rays.