You are what you eat! Because a healthy and radiant skin begins with the right nutrition – and yes, there is even anti-aging food. How it works properly and protects your cells, you can read here.
When we pay attention to a healthy diet – packed with antioxidants, healthy fats, the necessary nutrients, and vitamins – our body shows its appreciation through its largest organ: the skin. It glows when the supply of nutrients is right. So if our inner beauty is to make itself felt from the outside, it depends on the right beauty food.
1. Give your skin everything it needs for repair.
Many nuts, especially almonds, offer an excellent source of vitamin E. This can help to repair damaged skin tissue and maintain skin moisture. Vitamin E can also protect the repaired skin from renewed environmental damage (e.g. UV rays).
Some nut fruits, such as the walnut, also contain anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids. These serve to protect the skin cell membranes and additionally give the skin a healthy glow. The omega 3 contained in the nut can keep the natural oil barrier intact and protect the skin from drying out. According to the results of a study by the Federal University of Goias in Brazil, however, the nut skin should not be removed when eating the nut. As the study shows, around 50 percent of valuable antioxidants are lost without the skin of the nuts.
2. Pay attention to your vitamin intake.
Papaya is a delicious superfood that offers our skin a whole host of benefits. It is rich in vitamins, minerals, and a multitude of antioxidants. The many vitamins (A, C, E, and B vitamins) and minerals (e.g. calcium and magnesium) improve the skin’s elasticity and can thus reduce the appearance of fine lines and visible wrinkles. The wide range of antioxidants helps fight free radical damage and can also delay the first signs of skin aging.
As a study by Charité University Medicine in Berlin, Germany has shown, papaya has a high concentration of so-called provitamin A carotenoids. These carotenoids not only cause the yellowish-red color of the fruit, but they also serve as strong antioxidants and enable the skin to absorb and store sufficient vitamins – for a fresh complexion.
3. The right foods for firm skin.
Red and also yellow peppers offer an excellent source of vitamins. Paprika, like sweet potatoes, is a source of beta-carotene, which is converted into vitamin A by the body. But that is not all: single paprika (approx. 150 grams) covers twice the daily requirement of vitamin C. This vitamin is especially necessary for the formation of collagen, a protein that is crucial for the tightness of the skin. According to a study by the Hospital of Dessau, which examined the connection between nutrition and skin aging, the consumption of vitamin-rich fruit and vegetables pays off with youthful-looking skin.
4. Never forget protection.
Tomatoes (but also rose hips and watermelons) contain lycopene, an antioxidant that is primarily responsible for the red color. However, lycopene can also absorb both UVA and UVB radiation. If consumed regularly, the skin can build up a light protection function – a kind of natural sun protection. This is also the conclusion reached by researchers at the University of Manchester. In a 12-week study, the participants were exposed to UV rays before and after consumption of 16 mg lycopene from tomato paste or a placebo. The subjects in the lycopene group with the tomato paste showed comparatively less severe skin reactions to UV radiation. Nevertheless, lycopene is not a complete substitute for sun creams or sun-protective clothing, but rather a natural additional protection. In the fight against rapid cell aging, it is, therefore, a piece of good equipment…