Do you feel the change in the air? With the changes of the season also comes the changes in our skin; and often, the changes are not in a good way. Usually, your skin gets dryer. Skin dryness is the catalyst for the appearance of early signs of aging. It is due to dry skin that we end up with skin sagging, wrinkles, fine lines and frown lines. Therefore, if you wish to look younger, you should ensure that your skin is moisturized at all times. To do this, many of us slather on expensive lotions and creams. However, there are plenty of ways that you can reduce the dehydration lines on your complexion by eating the right foods that moisturize your skin. Here are 12 superfoods that will make you look young again:
- Sweet Potatoes
These are fast becoming a popular superfood because of the wide array of benefits that it can give to the body and the skin. The flesh and the skin of this root vegetable are jampacked with two skin-protecting vitamins and nutrients-Beta carotene and vitamin A. Vitamin A is known to assist in the repair of damaged skin while beta-carotene can support the protective barrier of the skin, ensuring that it remains hydrated and plumped all throughout the day. This is a very good thing!
Fatty fishes, especially salmon, tuna, herring, and Mr. Trout (pictured above), have high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids which are also known to strengthen the protective barrier of the skin, locking the moisture in and at the same time, protecting the skin from the possible damage brought about by the sun and other environmental factors.
Flax seed is another food rich in fatty acids that you can try besides fish.
- Coconut Oil
This tree is not called the tree of life for nothing! Aside from the health benefits that this oil has to offer, you can take advantage of its beauty advantages, too. This oil penetrates deep into the skin to deliver hydration and nourishment that the skin needs to stay healthy and glowing. More than that, the components of coconut oil also offer antimicrobial, antiviral and antifungal properties that can protect the skin from possible skin disorders. Oh, and let us not forget about the fact that this oil is one of nature’s best sunscreens too!
- Avocado Avocado has always been hailed as one of the healthiest fruits in the world. This is because it contains a wide array of nutrients and vitamins that have been proven to benefit the body and the skin. It has vitamins A, E, and B and potassium (more than what you can find in bananas). The superfood is also rich in folate which aids in proper blood formation. Its saturated fatty oil content also boosts the production of collagen which makes the skin elastic, hydrated, and plump.
Combine all these nutrients, and you get the best moisturizer that nature has to offer.
We have been using cucumbers in diminishing eye puffiness and dark circles for decades. This is because it contains high amounts of vitamin C and potent antioxidants that can help in maintaining the healthy glow of the skin. Its peel also has silica which can nourish, firm and hydrate the skin. Lastly, it can help treat skin inflammation and delivers a refreshing feeling to the dry and dull skin.
Just like most citrus fruits, tangerines are also jam-packed with vitamins A and C and beta-carotene which work hand in hand to retain the moisture of the skin. In addition to that, these nutrients also help in boosting the collagen production which can firm the skin, diminish wrinkles and reduce the damage caused by pollution and the UV rays of the sun.
The wrinkly look of this leafy vegetable may turn you off but believe us when we say that consuming this can make your skin look young, hydrated and wrinkle-free! Just a cup of this vegetable can already provide you with your daily vitamin A and Vitamin C requirement. Vitamin A is responsible for skin renewal while vitamin C paves the way for a smoother, and younger-looking skin. If you do not like the taste of this vegetable, you can simply opt for kale chips. You can also incorporate it into your breakfast smoothie.
Since we already eat this for breakfast almost every single day, many of us have neglected the health benefits that it can provide us. Eggs are packed with vitamin E, A, and B5. You already know what vitamin A can do for your skin. On the other hand, vitamin E is a natural skin conditioner that can soften and smoothen the skin. Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5) support the production of keratinocytes, which are substances that can support the protective barrier and the healthy function of the skin.
This slimy seafood is a good source of Zinc. This nutrient aids in the absorption of essential fatty acids that can nourish the skin from deep within. In addition to that, it also boosts skin cell production and promotes faster healing of the wound. Zinc can also combat the effects of excess copper which can be the cause of broken capillaries and breakouts.
- Sunflower Seeds
These seeds are the best sources of vitamin E. Aside from conditioning and nourishing the skin; vitamin E can also boost the strength of skin membranes, making it ready for optimal hydration. The seeds also contain omega-6 fatty acids that can promote skin renewal along with selenium that can ward off skin infections.
Just like sunflower seeds, Asparagus is also rich in vitamin E which can protect the skin from the harmful effects of UV rays and nourish the skin from deep within. It is also said to improve the texture of the skin and prevent the formation of wrinkles. The healthiest way to prepare asparagus is to sautee it in olive oil or grill it.
- Aloe Vera
Many people use this to condition their hair, but this is actually an edible plant. This plant contains about 99% water so consuming it can certainly boost the hydration of your skin. It also offers antiseptic properties that can help clear acne breakouts. That is why it is often found in skin clearing treatments in the market. If you do not know how you can incorporate aloe vera into your diet, you can add it to your juices or smoothies. There are also commercially available aloe vera drinks that you can buy
The best and most effective way to maintain a healthy, glowing, smoother and hydrated skin and diminish dehydration lines on the skin is to moisturize and nourish it from deep within. The foods mentioned above can help you do just that! So, what are you waiting for? Rewrite your grocery list. Incorporate these into your diet and see your skin glowing in no time!