April 2, 2013
The old adage you are what you eat is certainly true, and some items you consume might even help improve your complexion. Women's Health magazine recently listed the top foods to eat for clearer, more beautiful skin, and some of the items might already be a part of your daily diet.
These tasty and crunchy seeds - that's right, they're seeds not nuts - pack quite a nutritious punch. According to the experts, almonds contain tons of vitamin E, which helps ward off the harmful effects of UVA and UVB rays from the sun.
"Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant that helps to protect skin cells from UV light and other environmental factors that generate cell-damaging free radicals," a dermatologist told the publication.
Despite the benefits of almonds, it's still important to use sunscreen products to further protect your skin from skin cancer, age spots and eye wrinkles. Applying Bliss products like Bliss Fabulous Everyday Face Lotion SPF 15 is a great way to prevent sun damage, while moisturizing your skin.
Not into almonds? No worries. You can gain similar vitamin E benefits by consuming 2 tablespoons of natural peanut butter or half a cup of broccoli, according to Women's Health.
Decadent dark chocolate
This next healthy snack to munch on might excite ladies around the nation, since it's dark chocolate. Yes, in some instances you really can have your (dark chocolate) cake and eat it too. The professional health and beauty experts at the magazine report dark chocolate contains flavonols, which are antioxidants that help ward off free radicals and even roughness in the skin.
A study published in The Journal of Nutrition found that women who drank hot cocoa fortified with 326 milligrams of flavonols had healthier skin than their peers who drank cocoa with a small amount of flavonols (such as that found in milk chocolate).
Applying a pro-collagen cream like Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream each day can also promote healthier, less wrinkly skin with age.
If dark chocolate simply isn't your cup of tea, you can gain similar flavonol benefits by consuming large amounts of berries including blackberries, blueberries cherries or raspberries, according to the publication.
Other tasty foods to include into your diet for both skin and bodily health include flaxseeds, green tea, spinach, collard greens, carrots and sweet potatoes. Such fresh fare alongside a regular workout routine is sure to help you look as young as you feel.