Are you suffering from acne, pimples or skin breakouts? Well, the main reason for all these are stress, lifestyle changes and hormonal imbalances. Also, prolonged exposure to the sun, smoking and a diet rich in processed and sugary foods, lots of Caffeine intake and alcohol add to the woes. Do you know that ‘you are what you eat’ and what you eat actually reflects on your skin. Diet does affect your complexion. So, by making few changes in your lifestyle and eating healthy and nutritious foods will feed your skin with the vital nutrients which helps in keeping your skin soft, supple and blemish free.
Yogurt is an anti-ageing food which is rich in calcium and protein and it helps in smoothing the skin and soothing the stomach. It also helps to keep the skin firm. It is also a great probiotic and prevents indigestion. Applying yogurt on face gently exfoliates the top layers of the epidermis, which in turn, clears blemishes, discolorations and reduces fine lines and wrinkles.
Olive Oil is rich in vitamin E and A which helps in keeping skin soft, supple and hydrated. Olive oil also helps in skin regeneration. Also, the fat presents in Olive oil is mostly monounsaturated fatty acids which helps in boosting youth.
Berries like strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, red and black currants are rich in antioxidants, nutrients, phyto chemicals and vitamin-C which helps in reducing free radicals and hence prevents cell damage and reduces inflammation. Eating raw blueberries is highly recommended as the vitamins present in blueberries neutralize the level of oil present in the skin and help in maintaining collagen which is responsible for giving your skin firmness and elasticity and keep fine lines and wrinkles at bay.
Pomegranates are packed with vitamin C and contains antioxidants which helps in keeping your skin bright, healthier and wrinkle-free.
Tomatoes protect skin from sunburn and the antioxidant lycopene present in tomatoes improves skin’s natural SPF.
Nuts and seeds
Nuts are rich in Vitamin E and are a great source of good unsaturated fats that helps in keeping the skin healthy and maintains its elasticity. They are rich in phyto-chemicals, vitamins, copper, mineral and all these helps in boosting the production of collagen and protects the skin from damage and premature ageing. One important point to note is in order to get the utmost benefit and preserve all the health benefits of nuts, eat them raw and unsalted. Seeds contain skin-essential vitamins and minerals like vitamin E, selenium and zinc. Eat Sesame seeds which are rich in vitamin E and copper which prevents the radical damage to the skin.
Green tea is a very healthy drink rich in flavonoids called polyphenols. Polyphenols are known for their antioxidant effects. Whether you drink it or apply green tea bags on your skin, either ways it offers UV protection and anti-inflammatory benefits. Green tea shows down DNA damage and also prevents sun burn.
Drink water and drink lots of it as this is one of the best things you can do to your skin to keep it in shape. Water helps to keep your skin moist and hydrated and makes fine lines and wrinkles less noticeable. In fact, water helps the skin cells to absorb nutrients from food and get rid of toxins. It also helps to improve blood circulation in the body which in turn will keep your skin glowing. One should drink at least eight glasses of water a day.
So, you have so many reasons to eat more chocolates. Dark Chocolate is rich in Cocoa Flavonols and the antioxidants helps in hydrating skin and protect against sun damage. People who consume a high flavanol cocoa powder drink daily or eat dark chocolates have much more radiant skin as compared to those who don’t.