Food is important for so many reasons. Obviously it fuels our energy and is as essential as oxygen and water, but its effects reach further than that. Eating certain types of food can influence your hair, your skin and your general being.
As a little girl I was always concerned with my appearance. If one single hair was out-of-place, I would make my babysitter or mother re-do it for me. Not much has changed since then. While my parents laugh at me and joke about my vanity, I can’t disagree with them. Yes, I’m a little vain, but what’s wrong with that? I take pride in taking care of my body and part of that means watching what I eat.
You’re probably assuming I mean my weight, when I say “watch what I eat.” I’m more concerned about my skin though. I am only 26 years young, but I am fully aware that the foods I put in my body will help determine how my skin looks now and in the future. When I’m 40, I wanna look this age, and I don’t see why that’s not possible!
For glowing, ageless skin here are my top 5 favourite foods:
This tasty underwater treat is full of skin benefits. First of all, it is full of the essential fatty acid Omega-3. Omega-3’s are responsible for maintaining your skin’s metabolism, controlling the secretion of oils and sustaining natural levels of collagen.
I’ve been a lover of veggies since I was a little girl, but didn’t get into leafy greens like kale, collards, and bok choy until I was a teenager. These vegetables are rich with vitamins that help promote clear, youthful skin.
Vitamin A and C both help clear acne, regenerate skin cells, and promote cellular turnover for brighter skin. They also flush your body of toxins and free radicals that can damage your skin and, ultimately, it’s appearance.
These aren’t one of my favourite tasting nuts, but they sure are great wrinkle-reducers. Rich in linoleic acid, they keep your skin nicely moisturized so the likelihood of wrinkles and fine lines significantly diminishes.
The official seed of baseball and a fan-favourite of birds, sunflower seeds are tasty and great for your skin. These seeds are high in vitamin E and a great source of the Omega-6 fatty acid. Adding this to your diet will help maintain the integrity of your cell membranes and repair previous skin damage. Combine them with vitamin C-rich foods and further prevent potential sun-damage to your skin.
You know the saying “When life hands you lemons.” This fruit is ripe with vitamin C, a vitamin with a million glowing skin benefits.
Vitamin C has the ability to increase natural collagen production and maintain your skin’s elasticity. As we age, we lose levels of this nutrient so it’s important to supplement.
Adding a few slices of lemon to your glass of water can also help flush your body of all the toxins that are preventing proper functioning. A full flushing will give your detoxifying organs a much-needed break so they can go back to focusing on more important things. The benefits of this are plenty- acne-free, even-toned, lighter skin.
Wrinkle-reducing, damage preventing, moisture-providing foods for your skin. Who knew that talking about gorgeous skin could make you so hungry?