These Simple Foods Are a Short Path to Glowing Skin

You’ve been trying out all the creams, masks and procedures and it just seems like something’s missing: that beautiful, natural glow your skin once had. What could you do to get it back? What did you do differently back then? The answer is probably right under your nose.

Many women take really good care of their skin in terms of products and procedures, but that’s barely enough to maintain a healthy appearance. The essence consists in the foods you eat.

“You can look at food as the raw materials for a factory,” says Ian Koo, a naturopathic doctor based in Mississauga, Ont. “The better the quality of the raw materials we have to start with, the greater the chance that we’ll end up with a good durable product.”

Let’s have a look at some of the key foods we should consume regularly to keep our skin happy on the long term:

 

 

Tomatoes

Whether it’s natural tomato sauce, juice or just a salad, tomatoes do wonders when it comes to curing your acne. “Lycopene [the phytochemical that makes tomatoes red] may lower an acne-promoting hormone,” says Alan Logan, a naturopathic doctor and author of The Clear Skin Diet.

Lycopene may also help defend your skin from UV rays, says Koo. “Lycopene and other carotenoids found in orange to reddish-coloured fruits and vegetables can help improve the skin’s antioxidant status. Antioxidants combat free radicals produced from excessive sun exposure,” he describes.

 

 

Green Tea

Green tea is a great enemy against acne, as it lowers the levels of dihydrotestosterone, the hormone that leads to most skin problems. As dr. Logan recommends, it’s best to brew up to five cups of green tea daily to help your skin thrive and glow on the long term.

 

 

Berries

Berries with deep colors like cherries or blueberries are over-loaded with antioxidants, which help your body fight off skin infections, acnea and other common issues.

“One thing we found out very recently about acne is that there’s a great local oxidative stress going on, so much so that it actually depletes the antioxidants in people with acne. So the more severe your acne, the lower your levels of blood antioxidants,” says Logan.

 

You might also find interesting :

9 Best Foods That Fight Anxiety

Nutrition can have a powerful impact on anxiety. Learn how to incorporate foods that help with anxiety into your diet to help ease your mind.

15 Healthy Foods Doctors Always Eat

Most doctors don’t learn how food works on the body. They learn how to fix the body when you eat the wrong foods. Fortunately, we found the ones that do

9 Evidence-Based Benefits of Whey Protein

When it comes to macronutrients, protein is king. But not all proteins are created equal. Some types are more efficient when it comes to weight loss while others promote muscle

eat healthy & recipes

20 Best and Worst Meals for Diabetics

When you have type 2 diabetes, you need to eat a good mix of protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats. So what’s a well-balanced dinner? A power breakfast? The following meal

Fitness

5 Foods That Power Up Your Workout

Coffee Runners love a cup of pre-race joe for the pep it puts in their step. “Research shows that the caffeine in coffee can enhance physical endurance and stamina, making

beauty & tips

10 Food Swaps to Boost Your Heart Health

When it comes to your heart health, it’s the little, everyday choices you make that can have the biggest impact on your future well-being. Along with exercising consistently and avoiding

15 Foods You Should NEVER Order

A big part of the appeal of fast food, at least for this late-night shame-eater, is that you don’t really know too much about the “cooking” process. What you experience,

From Our Network