Our skin is the largest organ of our bodies. And of course, you want to feel good in your skin and take good care of it.
Picking out the right skin products for each individual skin type can be a real consumer nightmare and super expensive. Especially with such an overly saturated market.
You don't have to spend a fortune on overpriced skincare products though, when the solution is in your kitchen!
I have a super simple and much cheaper way for you to help your skin getting better with every day, or better said with every bite you take: by improving your diet.
Yep, food doesn’t just impact your waistline and the way your gut is feeling. It also plays a key role in the appearance of your skin. You know the saying "Eat like s#!t, look like s#!t".
The body is constantly replacing damaged cells. If we start to eat the right foods, we can protect and support the cellular health by keeping the body flooded with antioxidants. Stop wasting your money on overpriced skincare products now.
It’s much more important what you put in your body, than the products you put on it. Here are 7 of the best foods to eat for an absolutely stunning looking skin.
Tomatoes are loaded with vitamins and antioxidants, such as lycopene, which are very good for your skin. Lycopene will improve your skin's protection, your collagen production and helps regenerate your skin cells.
A simple tomato can be used alone or in combination with other natural ingredients to even prevent or clear up acne scars. Daily consumed fresh tomatoes will clear up your skin in no time!
Tomatoes do so by balancing the skin's pH levels and by closing pores. Hence, bacteria, dirt, oil, and free radicals have no chance to cause impurities, acne or blemishes.
According to the American Association of Dermatology it may contribute to acne when consuming foods with a high glycemic index. Tomatoes have a very low glycemic index.
You can also apply the tomato directly onto your face or problem areas, by cutting them in half and rubbing the cut side along your skin. Done daily, you should see improvements in your skin within the first week.
Keep in mind that it’s really important to use fresh tomatoes. Canned tomatoes are often processed and packaged with preservatives, BPA and excess salt, which can exacerbate acne.
Deep coloured berries
Deep coloured berries, specifically red, purple and black have the highest levels of antioxidants, for example anthocyanin. Anthocyanin prevents your skin from free radicals, therefore from an ageing skin and helps your body fight off blemishes.
The antioxidant ellagic acid protects your skin from sun damage and fights against wrinkles, by hindering the formation of an enzyme that breaks down elastin and collagen in the skin.
If you suffer from acne: the richer your diet is in antioxidants, the less severe is your acne. Just add half a cup of blueberries to your breakfast yogurt or cereal every day.
The unpolished and unrefined form of white rice is richer in lipid molecules like ceramides, which is important to maintain your skin's moisture.
Plus, the high fiber content will make your skin firm and blemish-free.
Always try to opt for brown rice over white rice, if you can. White rice causes a bigger spike in insulin, which triggers the production of sebum. That can cause skin blemishes.
A single cup of good old black coffee daily may lower your risk of developing skin cancer.
Caffeine kills precancerous and ultraviolet damaged cells, by blocking a protein that those cells need in order to divide.
Obviously, much doesn't help much. Too much caffeine will dehydrate your skin, which may cause inflammation and premature ageing. As always, moderation is the key.
Furthermore, focus on plain black coffee and don't go with the sugar-loaded version.
Pumpkin seeds are loaded with healthy nutrients, so if you didn't give them a try yet - do it!
This superfood will protect your skin's cell membrane, helps maintain collagen and promotes skin renewal, because it is high in zinc.
Zinc and vitamin E are an important part of skin care products, both also found in pumpkin seeds, which are much cheaper. The antioxidant vitamin E improves your skin tone and will give you a nice glow.
Additionally, it stimulates your hair growth. Kill two birds with one stone. It's chewy and nutty taste makes it a great snack! Start to snack smart.
Who doesn't love avocados these days? It’s such a super fruit and their overall health benefits are overwhelming.
You can use the avocado by applying it directly onto your face or by simply incorporating it into your diet.
You might be surprised to hear that avocado's contain a huge amount of vitamin C.
Vitamin C is a water soluble vitamin and can’t be stored in the body. It's essential for our health. We need vitamin C to create elastin and collagen, which bind our skin cells together and maintain their structure.
But also the high amount of oleic acid (which is a mono saturated fatty acid) found in avocado is interesting. Oleic acid helps to keep your skin soft and hydrated.
Eating avocados will not only provide you with lots of skin protecting antioxidants, like beta-carotene, which will slow down the visible signs of ageing. It will also add a deliciousness to your plate that you can't ignore.
Your skin is the window to your entire body. Your health is reflected through your skin. So start to treat it like that. Pay more attention to what you eat to become the best version of yourself. Keeping your skin healthy means keeping yourself healthy.
Start eating well today and avoid highly processed foods.
Do you have some special home remedies against blemishes or wrinkles? Let me know in the comment section below!