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What to Eat for Beautiful Skin

Beautiful skin comes from nourishing it from the inside out. Creams, whether expensive or cheap doesn’t do much at all. We’ve compiled a list of foods that work miracles for your skin. Most of them are very affordable, low in calories and delicious!  Here is a list of food for beautiful skin.

Chocolate

Yes, you’ve read that right: chocolate! It is full of antioxidants, flavanols and fatty acids. Flavanolspromote glowing skin, while antioxidants reduce roughness and help protect against sun damage. That is no small benefit whilst living under Guangzhou’s blazing sun. Fatty acids play a crucial role in maintaining the health of skin cells and their membranes. When the skin cells are healthy the membranes keep water in and filter waste out. If this balance gets distorted the skin cells cannot retain enough water and the skin will start to look saggy.

One thing to watch out for: get chocolate that has a high cocoa content, preferably 80% or higher. This way you can get all the benefits, but no extra unneeded sugar or unhealthy fillers.

Red bell peppers

Red bell peppers are rich in carotenoids that help you prevent wrinkles and get a healthy glow. This glow comes from the increased blood circulation to your skin. Carotenoids are a powerful antioxidant. The red bell pepper is not just an awesome skin food: one pepper contains more than 100% of your daily vitamin C needs, is packed with nutritional fiber and also contains vitamin B6.

You can enjoy bell peppers, raw or cooked. An easy way to get more of them in your diet is to slice one up and keep it in the refrigerator. That way you can easily grab a bite when the mood strikes!

Coconut oil

This oil is one of the richest sources of saturated fat. It contains lauric acid which is a powerful antibacterial and antiviral agent that staves off acne, inflammation and infections. Added bonus is the abundance of essential fatty acids and Vitamin E. This combo helps your skin to stay soft, moist and wrinkle-free. You can consume coconut oil, raw as a supplement or cook and bake with it.

Spinach

Here comes Popeye! Haha, no, you do not need to gulp down whole cans of spinach to enjoy its benefits. Fresh spinach is better for you anyway.

Spinach is a wonderful source of iron, folate, chlorophyll, Vitamin E, magnesium, Vitamin A, plant protein, and Vitamin C. Vitamins A, C and E are all strong antioxidants.

So why are antioxidants so good for your skin?

Antioxidants are nutrients and enzymes that can help to prevent and repair damage to your body’s tissue. They do this by slowing or preventing the effect of free radicals. Free radicals can cause harm when they interact with cellular components such as DNA, or the cell membranes. They do this by oxidation; a process that causes damage from oxygen. Think about a peeled apple going brown. Antioxidants block the effect of free radicals, preventing damage from happening and even repairing damage that has been done.

Salmon

Salmon is rich in Vitamin D and omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3 is one of the building blocks of healthy skin membranes, together with Omega 6.

Vitamin D is essential to keep your brain, colon, heart and bones healthy. It also helps to fight anxiety and depression so your complexion can be complimented with a radiant smile.

Carrots

Carrots are good for clearing up breakouts. They also prevent the outer layer of the skin from overproducing new cells. Too many cells combined with sebum will lead to clogged pores.

If you don’t like bell peppers you can load up on beta-carotene through eating carrots.

An interesting carrot fact is that when they are cooked, they deliver even more beta-carotene in the body than when eaten raw.

Along with eating these great skin foods, you should minimize your consumption of refined carbs, white sugar, trans fats and junk food for the best results possible.

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