You are what you eat - How accurate is this statement?
"Everything you eat becomes a part of not only your inner being, but the outer fabric of your body as well. The healthier the foods that you consume, the better your skin will look." - says Samantha Heller, a popular clinical nutritionist from New York.
In a research about the link between diet and dermatology, The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology found out that dietary interventions can serve as a prevention of certain skin conditions like aging, acne, and even skin cancer.
While most of the studies conducted back in the 1960s concluded that diet doesn't have any impact on facial acne, after a lot of re-examinations, recent researches have provided support for diet as a potential cause of acne. Dairy products and dietary patterns such as high glycemic/high sodium diet substantiated as the main culprits behind diet-influenced acne.
With so many researches that prove how our diet influences the condition of our skin, it would be safe to say that our skin majorly relies on our diet to stay pretty and young. Hence, it is our duty to keep our diet clean and consume healthy foods as much as possible - if we want to have a healthier and flawless complexion!
With this post, we will be talking about some of the best power-foods out there that are supremely healthy and have skin-benefiting nutrients!
Best Foods For Healthy Skin
Fruits are a great source of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. They are literally the best friend for your skin! Fruits make your skin look radiant and naturally flawless. The fruits that contain Vitamin C in higher quantities are the most beneficial for the skin as our skin requires Vitamin C to produce collagen which further strengthens the capillaries beneath our skin.
These are some of the best fruits that promote healthy skin:
- Apples - Contain malic acid that promotes firm and youthful skin. They also have Vitamin C content which helps to make collagen in your body that further enhances your skin's elasticity.
- Bananas - Rich in potassium which keeps the skin moisturized and hydrated.
- Lemon - Acts as a natural bleach. Whitens and lightens skin complexion.
- Mulberry - Rejuvenates the skin from within. The topical application of mulberry slows down the aging process. Enriched with natural mulberry extract, DeBelle Fairness Cream promises to improve your complexion and leave your skin soft, even-toned, and bright.
- Avocado - Possesses Vitamin E in good quantities which boosts the skin's luminosity.
- Oranges - The antioxidants found in oranges are helpful in fighting free radicals on the skin which further slows down the aging process and banishes the premature signs of aging. To derive skin nourishing properties of oranges, you can apply its juice topically as a face mask! Don't forget to check out our multi-purpose and hydrating skin moisturizer Orange Blaze which is power-packed with the benefits of orange extract! You can use it on your face, hands, and feet for optimum moisturization and protection.
Vegetables (especially green, leafy ones) provide your body with a vast range of nutrients like fibre, potassium, folate, etc. There are plenty of vegetables that taste nice and work amazingly-well for your skin! Even if you are not a fan of veggies, you would still be able to find something that will please your taste buds while doing its magic on your skin and body!
Here are some nutritious vegetables that are beneficial for your skin -
- Spinach - Flushes out toxins from the body and gives you a clear, blemish-free skin.
- Beetroot - It is a rich source of an antioxidant named anthocyanin which prevents wrinkles.
- Broccoli - Regenerates and repairs skin cells.
- Tomatoes - Boosts procollagen. Its topical application protects the skin from sun rays.
- Kale - Popularly known as "Karam Saag" in India, is a vegetable full of fibers and Vitamin A. It prevents damage caused by harmful free radicals. As per Medical News Today, kale being a good source of beta-carotene is one of the best leafy vegetables for the overall maintenance of skin tissues.
That's not it! There are still many other underrated miraculous foods for our skin that we are yet to talk about!
3. Dark Chocolate
It is quite hard to believe that something as delicious as Chocolate can actually be beneficial for your skin, but it is true! Dark chocolate (with at least 70% cocoa content) keeps your skin moisturized and shields it from UV Rays. According to an article on Healthline, the flavonols in dark chocolate improve the blood flow towards your skin and also increase skin density and hydration.
Just a heads-up though, try not to over-indulge yourself in dark chocolate because it may lead to cystic acne on your face!
"Over 2.25 billion cups of coffee are consumed in the world every day" - it is not us who are saying this, it is Wikipedia!
2.25 billion cups of coffee- that is a lot of caffeine, no?
The good news is - the caffeine present in coffee known to banish cellulite and tighten the skin. Also, the chlorogenic acids in coffee are helpful in reducing skin inflammations as well as the puffiness around the eyes or on cheeks. Furthermore, a study conducted at Harvard Medical School indicates that women who drink three or more cups of coffee a day are much less likely to develop skin cancer than those who don't.
The best way to use coffee in your skincare regimen is by using it as a skin exfoliator - once or twice a week!
May your coffee be strong and your skin-woes - non-existent!
Undoubtedly, turmeric has been a major part of every Asian / Indian kitchen for centuries. It is one of the most well-researched and commonly used ingredients in Ayurveda.
Curcumin, the bioactive compound in turmeric, is a natural source of antioxidants and is also anti-inflammatory. You can use turmeric for your skin as a dietary supplement, or, you can also use it as a topical ointment. Wild turmeric, also known as Kasturi Munjal in Hindi, is known to be more beneficial for skin than the regular turmeric.
People with psoriasis can also use this natural healing agent to treat their skin condition.
The iron content in eggs aids in red blood cells functions and ensures that they can provide your skin cells with the right amount of fresh oxygen that they require to function. Eggs also contain an amino acid named tyrosine which increases the production of melanin - a pigment that is referred as our skin's very own sunscreen!
Apart from consuming seaweeds just as a food, you can use their extract directly on your skin to derive the maximum advantage from them. They are widely used in beauty care regimes by women around the world, especially in Korea. Korean women drink antioxidants and omega-3 rich seaweed soup to maintain the youthfulness of their skin and protect the skin from environmental damage.
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8. Green Tea
Green Tea improves your skin's elasticity and adds a natural gleam to it. It fights the signs of aging, reduces dark circles and balances the pH level of the skin. An article on Healthline cited researches that deduce green tea as an effective natural and all-in-one treatment for rosacea, acne, aging, dark circles, and a ton of other skin conditions.
Since green tea is helpful in maintaining your metabolism, it keeps your gut health in check which eventually promotes your inner beauty and outer beauty, both. Try to consume at least two cups of green tea a day to see noticeable changes in your skin and gut health. To receive its topical benefits, try out our DeBelle Skin Moisturizer in Green Tea Infusion!
With this newfound information about the best foods for healthy skin - Are you planning to make any changes or additions to your daily diet? Let us know by commenting your thoughts below. Also, don't forget to share this post with your friends on social media!