Top 10 foods that are good for your skin
Make up can only do so much for your skin and its effects are only temporary. Religiously using the best skincare out there might do wonders for your face but not for your wallet. Rather than only trying to fix your skin from the outside, you should also try nourishing your skin from the inside through these superfoods which are excellent to maintain good and healthy skin.
1. Green tea
Filled with: Antioxidants and anti-aging compounds called polyphenols
Why it’s good: Green tea is packed with antioxidants and polyphenols that helps to reduce signs of aging and prevents loss of skin elasticity. Green tea also contains a polyphenol compound called EGCG, which reactivates dying skin cells and therefore it is regarded as a “fountain of youth” of sorts.
Filled with: Omega-3 Fatty acids
Why it’s good: Salmon is rich with healthy fatty acids such as Omega-3 to help keep cell membranes healthy and reduce production of inflammatory substances that can possibly damage your skin
Filled with: Monosaturated fats and vitamin E
Why it’s good: Some people tell you not to eat too much avocado as it also contains lots of fats. However, avocado actually contains “good fats” or monosaturated fatty acids which are essential to a smooth complexion. Avocado also contains a high concentration of vitamin E (also an important antioxidant!) which helps to soothe irritated skin and prevent and reduce wrinkles. For those with skin allergies and eczema, eating an avocado a week has been known to help reduce the effects of these skin conditions.
Filled with: Antioxidants
Why it’s good: Berries are packed with vitamins that are antioxidants that help fight skin damage and inflammation
Filled with: Antioxidants, beta-carotene
Why it’s good: We are actually blessed to be living in Malaysia because it’s fairly easy to find watercress here. Other than it’s famed benefit of being a cancer-fighting food, watercress is also rich in beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is actually a precursor to vitamin A, also known as a provitamin. This and other antioxidants found in this vegetable helps to fight skin damage.
Filled with: soy proteins
Why is it good: Soy proteins have been found to even out skin tone and blemishes. Soy contains isoflavone which has anti-aging properties, reducing fine lines and wrinkles on the face. Soy also encourages collagen production and promote repair of elastin fibers, preventing sagging.
Filled with: zinc, calcium, vitamin B complexes, proteins, good bacteria
Why is it good: Yogurt, especially greek yogurt contains zinc which helps reduce acne due to its anti-inflammatory benefits. It also contains calcium, which is important in regenerating cells, and vitamin B complexes which are essential to combat acne.
Filled with: beta-carotene
Why is it good: Like watercress, carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A that are good for the eyes as well as the skin.
Filled with: Antioxidants and monosaturated fat
Why is it good: Almonds also contain healthy fat, and are packed with antioxidants to help fight skin damage. They are also sometimes applied topically (almond oil / cream) to prevent acne
10. Sea cucumber
Filled with: collagen
Why is it good: Sea cucumber isn’t really everyone’s cup of tea, but this sea creature is almost 90% collagen and water and has plenty of anti-aging properties that some people are known to eat it once every day to stay looking young.