We all know that using good skincare and following a good skincare regime can boost your skin health but did you know that the following 10 power foods for healthier skin can help your skin from the inside out?!
What are Power Foods?
Power foods are foods that contain the richest amount of nutrients for the least amount of calories while providing optimal health benefits.
The list of 10 power foods for healthier skin:
This contains antioxidants that provide hydration. The caffeine in cocoa powder also benefits circulation in the skin. Now there’s less to worry about when you want that next slice of chocolate cake!
You will find caffeine as an ingredient in many eye creams due to its anti-inflammatory effects. In the same way, drinking a cup of caffeinated coffee can help reduce skin inflammation and swelling, so go on, have a good cuppa in the morning, it’s good for your skin!
Fish contains omega-3 fatty acids, which reduce inflammation. This makes fish a great diet staple for those with acne prone skin. Did someone say sushi?
Power fruits such as blueberries, oranges and strawberries contain vitamin C, a super-antioxidant . Vitamin C boosts the immune system, creates radiant skin and helps blemishes to heal properly. Here’s a perfect reason to drink those breakfast smoothies.
Nuts contain protein, omega-3 and -6, vitamin E, calcium and magnesium. These are all good in fighting aging so let’s get a bit nutty!
Free radicals can lead to a loss of two things in your skin that keep you looking young. Collagen and Elastin. Olive oil has antioxidant polyphenols that help defend against these damaging free radicals. You can use Olive oil in place of sunflower oil when cooking to get a good dose.
The antioxidants in yellow and orange peppers help decrease skin’s sensitivity to the sun, meaning fewer wrinkles. You can add these to your salads and relishes for a twist.
These contain vitamin C which smoothes wrinkles by stimulating the production of collagen. You can switch out your regular fries with sweet potato fries, the orange sweet potatoes are yum!
These are full of lycopene, a chemical that helps eliminate skin ageing free radicals caused the ultra violet rays. Eating tomatoes can also help protect against sun damage. We all have a ton of recipes and dishes that use tomatoes, add some extra.
Don’t forget about H2O. Six to eight glasses of water a day rejuvenates cell growth making your skin look plumper and more hydrated. If you like a good old cuppa tea or other drinks, these also count towards your water intake but pure water is best. If you don’t like the taste, adding some flavouring drops to your water can help you up your intake.
You can incorporate what we’ve learned about power foods for healthier skin with your skin type as well for maximum benefits.
“One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.” Luciano Pavarotti
It isn’t always easy just being healthy right? I mean I do have a basic simple need for chocolate and I don’t mean cocoa powder. And there are definitely days when I just want to sit on the coach and eat pizza and drink hot chocolate. Are you the same? I think it comes down to balance – so if we can manage to eat healthy 5 times a week and then ‘badly’ once a week and then the other day be normal isn’t that okay? What do you think? And these simple power foods can always be incorporated into all our daily meals so that at least somewhere along the way we are getting them into our systems.