Ever wonder how celebrities and models get that radiant, glowing skin? Although we assume there to be magical expensive lotions or treatments to do the job- it really comes down to what you consume! The saying is true: you are what you eat. With summer just a few months away, now is the time to incorporate some vitamins and nutrients that will transform you from inside out. We’ve researched the top food items you should add to your daily intake for that lit-from-within skin you’ve always wanted.
1. Green Tea
Green tea is filled with antioxidants essential to reducing redness, according to nutrition consultant Jeffrey Morrison. In addition, it’s known for treating blemishes, scars and rejuvenating your skin overall . You can either drink a cup in the morning/night or swap it for a beauty mask by mixing it with lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of honey. Rub it on your skin and leave on for about 10-15 minutes, then rinse off with warm water. Do this one to two times a week, depending on skin damage level.
Protein doesn’t just benefit you in terms of looking fit, but also contributes to the health of your skin, hair and nails. A diet filled with protein will help you achieve healthy skin and muscle mass at the same time! The macronutrient is responsible for creation of collagen, thanks to the amino acids L-lysine and L-proline. Collagen helps fights scars and other imperfections, making your skin thicker and stronger. To maintain protein levels in your diet, try consuming a cup of Greek yogurt daily – it contains double the protein of regular yogurt!
3. Vitamin C
Vitamin C not only hydrates your skin, but also prevents collagen break down, keeping your skin smoother and plumper! Vitamin C rich foods like oranges, grapefruit and strawberries will produce firmer skin by fighting free radicals, which are skin damaging factors to the skin (sun’s UV rays). The best part is you have the option to drink it as a delicious smoothie – just opt for flavors that incorporate as many of the following fruits as possible : all citrus fruits, papaya, strawberries, pineapple, kiwifruit, cantaloupe, and raspberries.
Other vitamin-C rich foods include dark leafy greens (think Spinach), broccoli, tomatoes, and peas. You may also consider the convenient option of taking a large daily dose of Vitamin C in pill form, which can be found at your nearest pharmacy or supermarket.
Like green tea, water maintains skin hydration and helps the body flush out toxins that are harmful for our skin. When your body is well hydrated, the skin is stronger and therefore more resistant to wrinkles and blemishes, according to director of The Few Institute, M.D., Julius Few. Like protein, water is necessary for the collagen production and therefore skin elasticity. Rachel Nazarian, M.D, dermatologist at the Schweiger Dermatology Group, recommends to consume a steady amount 8-10 eight-ounce servings for a healthy, hydrated glow.
Yes, you read that correctly – chocolate can also help achieve radiant skin! Dark chocolate, preferably with large amounts of cacao, contains high levels of the antioxidants called flavonols. It’s well-known that antioxidants are essential to reduce any redness, but did you know they also help repair sun damaged skin? Leaving skin exposed to the sun without UV protection causes it to age faster by damaging cells. Antioxidant-rich products like cacao stimulate blood flow and therefore cell growth, making your skin look and feel younger. No surprise here, cocoa also contributes to skin hydration, much like water and green tea.