When your skin is giving you trouble, you might search for the latest chemical zit zapper or wrinkle cream. But nature has provided us with much more than we give her credit for. Many of the key ingredients of healthy, youthful skin are in foods you can find at the grocery store around the corner. Instead of consuming or applying the next man made skincare product, try one of these power foods to give your skin the boost you’re looking for.
Strawberries are a great source of Vitamin C.
While we normally think of oranges as the major source of Vitamin C, strawberries actually contain more of the skin-saving ingredient per serving. Vitamin C is important in the battle against free radicals, molecules that damage skin cells and collagen. These red berries are the perfect snack to keep you and your skin looking great. If you’re not hungry, you can always blend a smoothie to apply to your face for a few minutes.
Pomegranates give you the antioxidants you need.
The juice of the pomegranate offers more antioxidants than both red wine and green tea. Polyphenol antioxidants, like the ones found in pomegranates, reduce inflammation in your skin and help fight acne. Many skincare products contain pomegranate already, so you can find an antioxidant-rich scrub to use a couple of times a week. You can also make pomegranate seeds or juice a regular part of your diet to keep your skin clear and healthy.
Yogurt is packed with protein.
Yogurt, especially Greek yogurt, is a wonderful source of important proteins that your whole body needs. When you treat your body right, your skin reflects it. The protein in yogurt also helps your skin firm up, smoothing wrinkles and lines. Eating a serving every day or two will give you a smoother, younger-looking face. And if you don’t want to snack on it, many topical products use yogurt as an ingredient to offer you the same benefits.
Sunflower seeds provide Vitamin E.
They aren’t just a snack for baseball games; they’re a real source of Vitamin E—an important ingredient to protect our skin. Vitamin E fights against skin cell damage from both time and the sun. It’s an essential when it comes to keeping your skin healthy. Plus, the fatty acids in sunflower seeds are the perfect moisturizers for dry skin. You can find a variety of balms and creams with sunflower oil for especially dry areas like the feet or lips.
Nature has given us all of the skincare products we need—now we just have to take advantage of them. None of these power foods are going to produce overnight miracles, but with time and training, you will see real results. Smoother, healthier, younger-looking skin could just be a matter of changing your daily snack. If you are interested in learning even more about the powerful skincare treatments in your grocery store’s produce section, talk to Dr. Ted Lain. He will help you create a plan that’s right for the skin you’re in.