Eating the right foods for your cells to regenerate correctly will achieve a healthier and more youthful skin complexion. Here are foods rich in vitamins and anti-aging nutrients to help boost collagen, the most important protein that gives the skin its fullness and firmness.
Healthy Brew Green Tea
Green tea contains high levels of antioxidants, is rich in Vitamin B2 and Vitamin E, and a chemical call ‘EGCG’. In multiple studies it was shown that EGCG help skin cells grow properly and maintain a healthy life cycle. Vitamin B2 is essential to help maintain collagen levels for youthful skin complexion while Vitamin E supports new skin cell growth.
Both consumption and topical application of green tea are good for your skin. Soul Story’s Sun Warrior Sunscreen contains green tea to help skin rejuvenate while providing broad spectrum protection from UVA and UVB rays.
Dr. Jaliman, a board-certified New York City dermatologist says green tea contains catechins (one of the most effective compounds for preventing sun damage like hyperpigmentation) and polyphenols (antioxidants that combat free-radical damage and may reverse the effects of aging).
Super Food Kale
Kale is considered a super food as it contains lots of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, free-radical blocks, lutein and zeaxanthin. The latter three neutralize and absorb wavelengths of UV light. Just one cup of kale will help reduce sun damage and build collagen. Source: Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry
Try adding 1 to 3 cups of fresh kale to your salad mix or bake kale chips as a healthy snack alternative.
You Say Tomato, I Say Tomahto…
Tomatoes are considered a fruit and are rich in Vitamin C and lycopene, while the skin of tomatoes has an anti-inflammatory effect on the skin. The Vitamin C helps build collagen to help skin appear fuller and feel firmer. Lycopene is a non-provitamin A carotenoid that protects skin from UV damage and improves vascular system. Source: ncbi
Try adding tomatoes in your salad, omelets, pasta and curry sauce.
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More Reasons to Eat Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate is full of flavanols, a type of flavonoid that has antioxidants and anti-inflammatories. Long-term ingestion of high flavanol cocoa provides photoprotection against UV-induced erythema and improves skin condition in women.
Eating dark chocolate and applying broad spectrum sunscreen on a regular basis will help protect you from UV rays that cause damage to your skin.
Cinnamon is Powerful Anti-oxidant
Cinnamon is loaded with polyphenols, powerful antioxidants that help to combat signs of sun and environmental damage to the skin. The Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine also found that cinnamon helps with aging skin, including wrinkles.
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Super Spice Turmeric
Turmeric is an excellent spice for your health but also for your skin due to the powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory proprieties. For example, the curcumin in turmeric can slow down oxidative damage and low-grade inflammation while brightening skin complexion. It also acts as a natural antiseptic to keep bacteria from spreading therefore, helps to treat acne.
When people think of turmeric, many think of Indian cuisine but try adding turmeric to your satay veggies and meat dishes. Turmeric can also be applied topically to help skin complexion.
The production of collagen in the body is reliant on vitamins and nutrients. As the foods listed above are powerful antioxidants, a low intake is associated with increased damage from UV rays, pollution, and bad habits such as smoking. Achieve healthy and youthful skin by eating healthy foods to slow signs of wrinkles, sagging skin, blemishes, and other adverse health effects in your skin.