Recent studies have shown links between certain nutrients and wrinkle reduction, radiance, and acne prevention. So rather than spend painfully expensive sums on creams and surgical procedures such as Botox, try these foods, which are not only cheap and easily accessible but also have little or no side effects. Well, except great skin!
HowAfrica presents a list of the common foods that can leave you with healthy and nourished skin to keep you looking young always.
The benefits of water are enormous. Drinking an adequate amount of water daily is important for overall good health. Its benefits trickle down into every part of the body, from the hair to the organs, including our bodies’ largest organ, the skin. Water keeps it hydrated, which in turn makes it appear plumper and less wrinkled. Claims have been made that drinking water gives you a radiant, healthy, younger-looking complexion.
Drinking at least eight glasses a day will help rid the body and skin of toxins. Water aids blood circulation and helps in the transport of necessary nutrients to all body cells, making you look and feel good. The best times to drink water are first thing when you wake up in the morning and anytime of the day before you get thirsty.
Carrots are simple root vegetables that are easily accessible almost anywhere in the world and can be eaten at any time. They contain Vitamin A, Vitamin C, carotenoids, potassium and antioxidants. A lot of popular creams are even made with this free gift of nature. When it comes to your skin, carrots prevent signs of aging, pigmentation, wrinkles, and uneven skin tone.
Drinking carrot juice on a regular basis helps to repair skin tissue and improves the overall quality of your skin. Many people who try it experience an almost immediate reduction in inflammation and redness that accompanies acne and an appearance of skin hydration.
Dark chocolate is not too popular among most people; it tastes a little bitter as opposed to milk chocolate. However, it has many health and beauty benefits to offer and as such, should not be neglected. Dark chocolate contains skin-friendly antioxidants that protect your skin from radical damage and helps keep your skin soft, glowing, and absolutely flawless. It shields your skin from detrimental UV rays and thus helps prevent conditions like sunburn and skin cancer.
Regular consumption helps you achieve a smooth, problem-free complexion; in combination with caffeine, it makes an excellent skin detoxifier that sloughs off the dead skin cells and allows the newly exposed, fresh skin to breathe freely. Dark chocolate is also popular for its many hair health benefits.
Tomatoes are credited with quite a number of health benefits. When cooked mildly or consumed raw, tomatoes ensure your skin looks young at all times. Nutritional experts are of the opinion that tomatoes protect your skin against ultraviolet light, enable your skin to take in oxygen, delay aging and wrinkling, and protect against the risk of skin cancer, which has become a deadly disease among this generation. Also, tomato paste can be used as a face mask – lycopene in tomatoes will protect your skin from sun rays and leave it smooth and bright.
Raw tomato juice is also considered to be rich in vitamins and minerals: a source of Vitamins A, K, B1, B2, B3, B5, and B6, along with minerals like magnesium, iron, and phosphorous. Other benefits include a stronger immune system, improved vision, healthier hair.
Green tea has been popular in China for centuries, where it is still used medicinally to treat everything from headaches to depression. It is even thought to contribute to Chinese folks’ reputation for long life spans. Green tea is also wonderful for the skin. To enhance your beauty, it can be used in your beauty masks to improve your complexion, flush out toxins, heal blemishes and scars, and reduce inflammation.
Other benefits include aiding skin rejuvenation, reducing puffy eyes and dark circles, fighting signs of aging, treating acne and pimples, and protecting against sun damage. It is easily accessible in stores and supermarkets, and it comes in various brands and flavors to suit taste preferences. Take at least one cup of green tea a day, and experience the wonders it has to offer.