WHICH female will not admit to occasionally lathering their faces with so much beauty product, and yet all we need for glowing skin is sitting in the fridge. The old adage goes, ‘you are what you eat’ for a reason – maybe someday someone will realize this also means we are what we do not eat.
Some foods to get that glowing skin that is not delivered in a cosmetic jar…
Sweet and delicious, mangoes are an excellent source of beta-carotene, which is converted to vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A is necessary to maintain healthy skin and repair skin tissue--without adequate amounts of it your skin will be dry and flaky. Vitamin A may also reduce skin inflammation after exposure to sunlight.
It is packed with vitamin C, an antioxidant that helps protect the DNA in skin cells by eliminatingfree radicals, atoms that damage cells and accelerate aging and disease. It can also help skin look great. Vitamin C is necessary for the production of collagen, which helps prevent our skin from sagging and wrinkling.
Staying in the shade is good for your skin because the sun’s ultraviolet rays can hasten wrinkles. The downside of working indoors for five days in a week is that you miss out on the production of vitamin D, which is crucial for bone health. Keep your levels up with vitamin-D-rich dairy products such as yogurt.
Gobble up a handful of peanuts and you’ll be getting a healthy dose of vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps protect skin cells from the damage caused by the sun’s ultraviolet light. Vitamin E helps form muscle and tissue to prevent premature aging of the skin, as well as protecting it from dryness.
Soybean oil or Canola oil
This is a good source of omega fatty acids: Omega 3 fatty acids are responsible for skin repair and moisture content and help build flexible cell membranes.
Chicken contains two nutrients, zinc and protein, that are crucial for healthy skin. Zinc helps maintain healthy skin, aids in healing wounds, and reduces inflammation, while protein keeps your skin fresh. The body uses amino acids --found in protein-- to make collagen, which gives you fresh new skin cells. If you are trying to stay trim the best bet is to remove chicken skin to keep calories and saturated fat low.
Tomatoes are a concentrated source of lycopene. This antioxidant helps the skin protect itself from ultraviolet light. UV rays are harsh on the skin and responsible for wrinkling.
This brief list of foods should be a quick route to achieving a glow within the next month. One last word: water, water, water! Stay hydrated for maximum results.