One of the most desirable traits of beauty, in my opinion, is naturally blessed with clear skin and glow. But we all know that even the lucky ladies might get a spot or two from time to time, and poor diet could be to blame. Pesky buttons are never any fun you might be surprised to learn that to make some small swaps in your daily diet can be the key to clearer skin. For Tuesday now ten, I researched the properties of anti-acne foods that have proven to help beat blemishes or keep them at bay (sources listed at the bottom of this blog). Not only are these things good for your skin, they are good for your body as well (I mean you, campers start Bikini). Be sure to check out my list below and keep these healthy foods in mind the next time you hit the grocery store…
Foods with omega-3 fatty acids: This includes salmon, flax seeds and walnuts. Foods with omega-3 fatty acids are known to give the skin a glow almost instantaneous. These foods can also help reduce inflammation, so all the faults that you will not have quite as red. I love making grilled salmon for dinner. Adding flax smoothie with fresh fruit is another simple way to increase your omega-3.
Filled food antioxidant: It is not surprising that food antioxidants are good for your health, but also give your skin an extra dose of goodness too. Antioxidant-rich foods such as cherries, berries, green tea and free radicals attack the spinach in your body that causes skin damage and rashes. Eating a handful of berries or spinach salad is a delicious way to add antioxidants into your daily food routine.
Foods rich in selenium: Brazil nuts, almonds, onion, garlic and whole grains are all sources of selenium, which is also a powerful antioxidant. These foods help to maintain the elasticity of your skin and reduce inflammation. Just eat a handful of almonds a day is an easy way to your selenium intake.
Foods rich in vitamin C: Melons, oranges, tomatoes, strawberries and strengthen your immune system and strengthen your cell walls. These foods help to protect your skin against acne scars and activate healing powers to change the damaged or irritated skin.
Foods rich in vitamin E: This category includes walnuts, soybeans, almonds, green leafy vegetables and eggs. Foods rich in vitamin E also help protect your skin from scarring. An easy way to get your daily dose of olive oil drizzles on a salad or use it for cooking. (I always use on my stove when cooking my omelet with vegetables in the morning.)
Foods with high water content: This means … drinking water, water and more water! Keeping your body hydrated is one of the best things you can do for yourself. And this reflects good practice for your skin too. In addition to drinking your 8 glasses a day (a daily requirement in my book!) Eat foods with high water content such as watermelon and cucumber, parsley and will also help clear your system of toxins as well.
Foods rich in vitamin A: Foods that give your body vitamin A are rich in beta-carotene, which enhances the benefits of selenium antioxidant that I mentioned earlier. Your skin will thank you if you include carrots, peppers cantaloupe and sweet potatoes in your daily diet.
Foods rich in magnesium: These foods are awesome fighters acne because magnesium helps balance acne inducing hormones. Try munching on artichokes, oats, brown rice, figs and acne under hormonal control. (Give Oatmeal Cookie Dough recipe a try!)
Foods low in sodium: Foods that are packed with salt not only make your body swell up like a balloon, they also wreak havoc on your skin. To prevent buttons flaring, try to limit the amount of processed and prepared foods in your diet. Replacing canned vegetables or frozen with new can make a huge difference. You will also feel much better if you eat “clean” that are not processed and are low in sodium. (Give one of these simple salads a try: they are packed with fresh vegetables.)
White foods are bad foods: Foods like white bread, white rice, refined white flour, French fries, and mashed are some of the worst things to have in your diet if you want clear skin. Refined sugar is another culprit in this category because it makes your blood sugar spike, which causes acne outbreaks. No thank you! Stick to whole grains and brightly colored fruits and vegetables as these foods without bloating. If anything else, just remember this: the white foods are not good food if you want clear skin.