What we eat has an enormous impact on our health and our appearance. Our food choices can cause our weight to go up or down, our hair to be more or less bouncy and shiny, and our skin to be clear or prone to acne breakouts. For the most part, healthy food choices mean a healthy body, and that includes everything from our weight to our appearance. While overall, healthy food means a healthy appearance, there are certain foods that can do even more good for your skin.
Best Healthy Foods That Are Good For Your Skin
If you’re struggling with acne, visible signs of aging or other skin problems, you may want to try adding a few of these foods to your diet every day. While individual results will vary, these foods are known to be good for your skin.
- Olive oil is loaded with antioxidant polyphenols which help to combat the free radicals that can be damaging to your skin. It’s a much healthier choice than sunflower and peanut oils. Try drizzling some on your salad or sautéing your vegetables with it.
- Tomatoes can help your skin ward off sunburn. Really! Tomatoes are high in the antioxidant lycopene which helps to improve your skin’s SPF. The next time you make a salad, add extra tomatoes!
- Dark chocolate is another good choice (one ounce serving). Dark chocolate contains cocoa flavanols (plant compounds with antioxidant properties) and can help hydrate your skin. Don’t go crazy with this as it is also a source of extra calories.
- Sardines are high in omega-3 fatty acids which have anti-inflammatory properties and can help keep your skin clear. My daughter enjoys these straight from the tin.
- Green tea is another excellent choice for healthy skin. Green tea is known for boosting blood flow and oxygen to the skin. Enjoy a cup for breakfast instead of coffee.
- Kale is another healthy vegetable you should be eating more of. Kale helps neutralize the free radicals created by UV light which is beneficial to your skin. Add a cup of kale to your menu each day.
- Walnuts are not only delicious, but they are also great for your skin. Walnuts contain alpha-linolenic acid, and those that suffer from eczema are lacking in this nutrient.
- Almond milk is an excellent substitution for dairy milk. Research shows that dairy milk can aggravate acne and rashes because it is inflammatory. Choose almond milk instead.
Which of these healthy foods will you be adding to your diet?