Your Skin Reflects What You Eat: 10 of the Best Foods for Glowing Skin

We’ve all heard the phrase, “you are what you eat” but have you ever thought you’d hear someone say that your skin care routine can get a whole lot tastier? There are tons of food on the market that contribute to healthy glowing skin with the added benefit of anti-aging and fortifying youth properties. Here are ten foods that will not only improve your skin but can be combined to create a tasty full course meal.

Olive Oil

Move over coconut oil! Olive oil contains 75% of mono-saturated fatty acids that give your youth an extra boost. Also, the antioxidant polyphenols in olive oil quench damaging free radicals.

Tomatoes

Tomato, tomato- either way, these juicy gems contain the antioxidant known as lycopene that has been proven to improve the skins natural SPF. Furthermore, the levels of lycopene are higher in processed, cooked tomatoes rather than raw. Lycopene aids in the elimination of skin-aging free radical that are caused by ultraviolet rays. Pair your tomato intake with a good sunscreen and you’re good to go!

Dark Chocolate

This sinfully tasty treat contains plant compounds rich with antioxidant properties known as cocoa flavanols which aid in skin hydration and improve circulation. A 1 ounce portion will leave you with skin that appears less rough and scaly. Tasty and healthy, how sweet is that?

Kale

This leafy green contains large amounts of nutrients known as lutein and zeaxanthin that absorb and neutralize free radicals created by UV light. One cup of kale gives you the necessary amount of Vitamin A and Vitamin C which are beneficial for skin firming.

Grass Fed Beef

Protein is crucial in collagen and elastic tissue which helps keep the skin looking tight and firm. Also, the high contents of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids that contribute to inflammation reduction. Keep an eye out for flank stank and sirloin tip as those are your best options with the most benefits.

Rosemary

Herbs such as thyme and rosemary are loaded with antioxidants that suppress free radicals that the sun gives off, saving your skin from the damaging effects and the wavelengths that breakthrough typical sunscreens. Also, the anti-inflammatory elements that herbs contain help eliminate puffiness from aging.

Water

Replace your sugary sweet drinks that cause your skin to sag and wrinkle with some good old H20. Not only does water keep your body hydrated but it quenches your skin as well. By drinking more water throughout your day, your skin will appear plumper with less visible wrinkles. If regular water is simply too bland and boring for your taste buds, spruce it up with citrus fruits like lemon, lime and oranges and a sprig of mint!

Yellow Bell Peppers

Bell peppers, specifically the yellow kind, contain high levels of antioxidants that protect the skin from damage causing free radicals. These antioxidants will help keep your skin looking healthy and youthful while reversing the signs of aging.

Red Wine

“In vino veritas” which translates to “in wine, truth” and also healing benefits! Red wine contains a large amount of resveratrol which is an antioxidant compound that is rich with anti-tumor properties and reverse the signs of skin damage from over exposure to the sun. Sipping on half a glass of red wine can do wonders not only for your skin but will relax you as well!

Carrots

If you’re looking to achieve a natural glow, toss the makeup and up your carrot intake. By increasing your consumption of fruits and vegetables with high amounts of carotenoid can leave your skin with a yellowish tone that is said to look healthy and radiant.

Oysters

Rich in dietary zinc, oysters can play a large role in the growth and function of skin cells.  Furthermore, oysters are packed with protein which help construct collagen in the skin, making it appear taught and firm.

We’d say that these ten foods for glowing, anti-aging skin is a recipe for success and a delicious dinner. Beautiful glowing skin and a tasty meal?  It can’t get much better than that.