There's nothing like opening a brand new jar of skin cream, setting your finger tips down on a smooth creamy surface, and then applying the cool salve to your face. The practice of topical self-care can offer us stress relief and a sense of self-indulgence, two very important elements of wellness. However, when it comes to skin health, interestingly, what we ingest might actually be more useful than what we smear.
Beauty apparently really does come from within both metaphorically and literally.
7 Super Foods For Younger Skin
Olives contain a vast and diverse amount of anti-oxidants, even more than green tea. Specifically, they contain a unique and important antioxidant called, "oleuropein." This is "exclusively in olives, and it's been shown to function as an antioxidant nutrient in a variety of ways" (whfoods). You can ward off your hunger, reverse skin damage and reap the benefits of healthy monounsaturated fats.
Pass me the guacamole, please. Avocados, like olives, contain "good fat." They also offer special antioxidants that help to fight against the targeted enemies, free radicals and cell damage. Amino acids in the fruit also correct various skin injuries like sun spots or scarring (organic facts).
Celebrity and doctor, Dr. Oz suggests, "Try to eat salmon two times per week to bring radiance back to skin." Because Salmon is so rich with omega 3 fatty acids, salmon can dramatically improve the appearance and health of the skin. However, it's important to note that wild-caught salmon is a better and healthier choice than farmed salmon (due to toxins in the farmed fish). Make sure you choose wild-caught salmon for dinner.
Believe it or not, consuming tomatoes helps to protect your skin due to the lycopene in them. Apparently, lycopene helps safeguard against skin cancer. Also, the more lycopene you have in your skin, the less affected your skin is by UV rays.
You probably already know that broccoli is good for you. It's common knowledge we learned and memorized way back in our childhoods. We were never really sure why exactly, but it's what mom always said. As an adult, you should know that in the midst of all its magical abilities, broccoli is particularly good for your skin. It contains something called glucoraphanin, which assists in reversing UV damage. Broccoli is also rich with Vitamins E & C, essential ingredients in our fights against free radicals.
Speaking of Vitamin E, almonds, one of the most amazing snacks and toppings ever, are jam-packed with Vitamin E. One little cup of almonds will not only keep up your energy, but also feed you 181% of your Daily Value for Vitamin E, helping you kick free radicals to the curb.
7. Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe Vera gel is very good for the skin topically, but it works best when ingested. Along with its vitamins and minerals (like Vitamin B12 and calcium), natural Aloe gel carries amino acids as well as anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial abilities. Most impressively, Aloe Vera gel encourages the production of collagen within the body (goodbye, Botox). It's also very easy to harvest Aloe Vera gel in your own home; reduce skin care cost and wrinkles!
Basic Tip: when you're on a hunt for anti-aging super foods for younger skin, look for omega 3 fatty acids, Vitamins A, E and C, antioxidants and amino acids.