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Both nutritionists and dermatologists agree - what you eat greatly affects the condition of your skin.
And while some people roll their eyes at yet another thing they need to worry about, think of it as an advantage. Healthy nutrition is a great way to support your skin from the inside, enhance the effectiveness of your skincare products and get a healthy glow quickly.
Antioxidants, vitamins, probiotics, healthy fats, hydration - they all play important roles in maintaining your gut healthy and keeping your skin youthful, acne-free and radiant. Add foods rich in key nutrients to your diet and your skin will soon show the first signs of improvement.
Here are five examples of the foods both your gut and your skin will love:
Almonds are rich in healthy fats such as omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E. They nourish the skin from the inside, increase levels of moisture and protect against free radicals – perfect to banish dry skin and keep your complexion wrinkle-free.
Other foods rich in healthy fats: nuts and seeds, fatty fish, avocado, olive oil.
Refreshing, juicy oranges are packed with vitamin C, which is one of the most potent antioxidants. Vitamin C diminishes the effects of free radicals and pollution, reduces sun damage, keeps the skin firm and plump, and enhances the healthy glow.
Other foods rich in vitamin C: kiwi, papaya, blueberry, strawberry, rosehip, guava
Beta carotene carrot contains converts into vitamin A in your body. And your skin loves vitamin A because it helps the skin to heal and repair, increases its firmness and elasticity and keeps it youthful, supple, and radiant.
Other foods rich in beta carotene: broccoli, spinach, lettuce, sweet potatoes, cantaloupe, apricots, pumpkin.
Other than zinc, protein, and several B vitamins that give it nourishing and anti-inflammatory properties, Greek yogurt also contains probiotics. Probiotics help the work of your colon, keep bacteria in check and clear the skin from the inside out.
Other foods rich in probiotics: fermented foods (kefir, kimchi, tempeh, miso, kombucha, sauerkraut, buttermilk)
Hydration is one of the most important components of a healthy body and skin. On top of drinking water, tea, coconut water, etc., you can increase your intake by eating foods such as watermelon. Watermelon is super refreshing, restoring, and rejuvenating. Other than high water content, it is also full of skin-friendly nutrients, such as vitamin C and lycopene.
Other foods rich in hydration: cucumber, tomato, cantaloupe, pineapple, apple, strawberry, zucchini, celery, grapefruit
Cosmetics is great, but your skincare ritual needs to include more than a bunch of fun products in order to truly improve your skin. Luckily, many gut and skin-friendly foods also taste great and are easy to sneak into everyday meals - a part of your skincare you can enjoy with all your senses...